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. Jan. 25, 2023Hands on learning in the Waterloo community
    Student holding braided corn.

    Today's students learn best through experiential learning. Fieldtrips give them the opportunity to touch, feel, and hear what they're learning about in the classroom as well as experience new cultures and practices outside of their own world. Upper-year undergraduate students taking GEOG 460 visited four local community projects to learn about food sustainability in Waterloo Region.   

  2. Jan. 4, 2023Equality for all is a fundamental component of sustainability
    Tracelyn Cornelius

    Written by Tracelyn Cornelius. This is an excerpt from an article originally published in Waterloo Magazine.

    Tracelyn Cornelius (MEB ’21, PhD in progress) is the anti-racism communications manager in the University’s central communications unit. She is also a PhD student in the Sustainability Management program in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED).    

    As a full-time employee, mature part-time student and mother of three, I often question whether my decision to embark on PhD studies was a wise one. Reflecting on the numerous nights and weekends dedicated to reading, completing assignments, and participating in study groups, I wonder, “Is the commitment of time and energy really worth it?”  

  3. Dec. 14, 2022Doing the right thing
    Majid Mizra


    Written by Beth Bohnert. This is an excerpt from an article originally published in Waterloo Magazine.

    During his 10-year career in impact investing, Majid Mirza (BA ’08, MBET ’09, PhD, Sustainability Management in progress) saw the difference that socially conscious investors can make — generating not only wealth but greener, healthier and more equitable communities.     

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  1. Feb. 2, 2023Alumni Office Hour: Courageous Conversations
    Erin Murray

    Erin Murray is an advocate for both environmental sustainability and mental health. In addition to her work supporting biodiversity with the Canadian Wildlife Services, Erin recently published her second book, a poetry collection called Courageous Conversations, an ode to mental illness that aims to remove the stigma surrounding mental health.  

  2. Feb. 8, 2023Alumni Office Hour: Soft Skills for Career Success

    Soft skills – everyone has heard of them but what are they? Why do we need them? And how do you develop them?

    Join ERS grad Catherine Coleman to hear insights on transferrable soft skills like networking as an introvert, building relationships from zero, integrating your interests/passion in your career path and the give-and-take of work relationships.

  3. Feb. 16, 2023Alumni Office Hour: Discover your Niche by Digital Networking
    Anika Abdullah

    There’s a saying “the riches are in the niches” and for grads facing an uncertain job market, it’s valuable advice. 2021 planning grad, Anika Abdullah found her niche as an accessibility specialist with DesignABLE Environments through digital networking and cold calls.

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