Shaping our Sustainable Future

For over 50 years the Faculty of Environment has been dedicated to having a positive impact locally and globally. With interdisciplinary programs and research, our community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and industry partners make meaningful change happen in the classroom, the office, and in communities around the world, Together. Our vision is to use our unique position as a leading teaching and research institute for the environment to create sustainable solutions needed to address the complex challenges facing our world.

  1. Nov. 19, 2021ENV’s Jonathan Li named CIG 2021 Geomatica Award winner
    Jon Li accepting the award Li, Professor of geospatial data science and remote sensing at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management and cross-appointed at the Department of Systems Design Engineering was selected as the 2021 winner of the Geomatica Award granted by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG). He received the prestigious award during the GeoQC 2021 conference held in Quebec City on October 21, 2021.

  2. Nov. 1, 2021New Environment program gives undergraduates the opportunity to tackle climate change from all angles
    melting ice in the water at sunset

    The Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo is proud to announce the launch of the BSc in Climate and Environmental Change, a program specifically designed to train professionals to meet a growing demand for leaders who can integrate climate solutions across traditional boundaries. 

  3. Oct. 22, 2021ENV's Kathryn Plaisance receives prestigious OCUFA teaching award
    Katie P

    Kathryn (Katie) Plaisance, an Associate Professor in the Department of Knowledge Integration in Waterloo's Faculty of Environment, has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

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  1. Dec. 8, 20212021 TD Walter Bean Professorship in Environment
    Amber Wutich

    Join Dr. Wutich as she illustrates how the missing key to solving water insecurity is hidden in the social infrastructure all around us and how social infrastructure—informal economies, social networks, and cultural norms—can be leveraged to distribute water in fair and just ways.

  2. Jan. 19, 2022Whose activism? Your activism: Actions for a more just and sustainable community.
    Julian Agyeman

    In his talk, Julian will show how young people in the Roxbury neighbourhood in Boston formed a coalition called ‘Clean Buses for Boston’ as a response to increased asthma levels in the area. He will look at global climate justice activism, highlighting especially, the role of young girls and women and finally, he will look at food justice: who grows Canada’s food, and why this matters.

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