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. Mar. 23, 2023The meaning of ice — and Indigenous knowledge
    Dr. Shari Fox presenting her lecture to a crowd of attendees.

    They are among the most difficult questions confronting humanity — and the most urgently in need of a response. How can we prevent climate change from becoming a full-blown global climate catastrophe that imperils our very existence? How can we stop driving thousands of animal and plant species into extinction? How can eight billion people take what they need from this planet without taking so much that they destroy it?

    Dr. Shari Fox has an answer that could help make a positive difference in all these areas. Turn to Indigenous Peoples and learn from them, says the scientist and academic who was chosen for this year’s TD Walter Bean Professorship in Environment at the University of Waterloo. 

  2. Mar. 22, 2023Know where to find all-gender washrooms in Environment buildings
    Door of all-gender washroom in EV3.

    In close cooperation with the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association and the Glow Centre, the University of Waterloo is making campus more inclusive for Two-Spirit, Trans, Non-Binary and gender non-conforming members of the campus community by increasing access to all-gender washrooms. In Environment, EV1-118 and 321 have been converted to single-stall gender neutral washrooms. So have EV2-1032 and EV3 4937.

  3. Mar. 21, 2023New report for the Heart & Stroke authored by Environment professor
    Pop cans.

    Dr. Leia Minaker, professor in the School of Planning, details how food and beverage companies employ dozens of tactics to market their products directly to children.

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  1. Mar. 23, 2023Alumni Office Hour: Lessons from Decades of Environmental Consulting
    Derek Coleman

    Derek Coleman is a PhD graduate (1974) from the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning. A pioneer in environmental policy in Ontario Planning, Derek started one of the first environmental consulting firms in the province in 1972- Ecologistics Ltd. Since then, he has completed more than 1,000 projects in Ontario and six other provinces over five decades.

  2. Mar. 24, 2023Knowledge Integration symposium
    Students sitting around the Knowledge Integration studio.

    The graduating class of Knowledge Integration students will be presenting flash-talks followed by poster displays of their senior honours projects. Forming the capstone of their undergraduate career, these projects represent an exciting synthesis of the diverse disciplines the students have explored through this one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary program.

  3. Mar. 27, 2023Alumni Office Hour: Sustainability, Government Relations and Professional Growth
    Ravi Chauhan

    Are you comfortable stretching beyond your comfort zone? Have you decided whether you’re going to be a generalist or a specialist in your field? Are you interested in the importance of government relations to help drive an organization’s sustainability strategy? These are some of the topics ENBUS grad, Ravi Chauhan will share in use Alumni Office Hour.

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