For over 50 years the Faculty of Environment has been dedicated to having a positive impact locally and globally. 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.
Departments and schools
Our five departments and schools offer environmental education from all angles and their activities are enhanced by our two support units: Environment Technology & Instructional Support and the Ecology Lab.
Today, sustainability is a driver of modernization and profound changes are taking place in society as the pace of technological change accelerates, environmental concerns reach crisis levels, and demands for justice intensify. These changes provide an imperative to focus our research on the world’s most pressing challenges.
TD Walter Bean Professorship
Building the knowledge and skills necessary for society to address complex environmental issues, the TD Walter Bean Professorship aims to attract top international research professors on the environment to campus to give public lectures, teach classes, and meet with professors and students.
Discover your story in Environment
Join the global movement advocating for a greener, more sustainable world. Get outdoors and protect vulnerable ecosystems. Command a boardroom and make environmentally responsible business decisions. Design livable communities close to home, or work toward economic global equality. How do you want to leave your eco-friendly mark on the world?
Your scholarship and funding opportunities
We know that our students are among the best and brightest, and our staff and faculty are here to help you to continue to grow and succeed. Find out about the current student resources, supports and services that are available to you.
The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) has released its 2022-23 Annual Report, which celebrates champions of sustainability across the air transport sector.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society annually presents the Massey Medal to honour those who have contributed to the exploration, development or description of Canada’s geography. This year's award recognized Dr. Ellsworth LeDrew, geographer, climatologist and remote sensing specialist. Dr. LeDrew has made major contributions to the understanding of the changing climate in the Arctic and has spearheaded an Arctic data management system that is available to both scientists and citizens.
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Scott who has been named on Clarivate's annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2023 list recognizing influential scientists and social scientists worldwide who have made significant contributions to their fields.
Ever wonder what it's like to work for one of the largest and most experienced planning and urban design firms in Canada? Are you a Planning student who is daunted by the idea of appearing before municipal councils and tribunals? Hear from Planning alumnus, Ryan Guetter (BES’03, MCIP, RPP) as he draws on almost 20 years of experience working at Weston Consulting. Experienced in feasibility studies, development proformas, urban design, community master plans, subdivision design, zoning by-laws and more, Ryan’s expertise as a planner and project manager is sure to be insightful for any Planning student.