Faculty of Environment Strategic Plan 2020-2025

Our 2020-2025 strategic plan boldly maps to the belief that universities should be at the forefront of finding solutions to society’s challenges. Throughout the Faculty of Environment’s 50-year history, we have taken a lead in developing understandings of environmental and social change and of designing scientific, technical, behavioural and policy responses that contribute to a better world.

Our 2020-2025 plan will firmly establish Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment as Canada’s leading integrative faculty/school of environment – a driving force for rigorous research, effective knowledge mobilization, and creative solutions that address the world’s biggest environmental and sustainability challenges – by working together with others. The engine of our success includes a broad range of academic degrees and learning-integrated work opportunities, research of both local relevance and global impact, and an ethos of caring – for each other and for the planet that we share.

We will live the values of our University, and champion curiosity, courage, engagement and belonging. Paying particular attention to environmental sustainability, interdisciplinarity, and Indigeneity, we will:

›  Provide campus and community leadership in environmental and sustainability research, education and knowledge mobilization.

›  Deepen our commitment to inter- and trans-disciplinarity in order to enable our researchers and graduates to be national and international leaders in defining and addressing complex problems.

›  Engage in meaningful relationships with Indigenous peoples and integrate their ways of knowing and priorities in our research and teaching.

Dean Jean Andrey at event

World-renowned scientist Jacqueline McGlade presents her lecture, Together, Building Sustainable Communities, at the TD Walter Bean Lecture in Environment — our signature lecture series.

Regardless of where we are from, where we work, we can re-connect, innovate and scale solutions to support the transition to a sustainable future - together.

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