Be Canada’s leader in environmental and sustainability education

The Faculty of Environment develops talent and mobilizes knowledge to enable a future that is more sustainable

Our success in preparing tomorrow’s alumni to be leaders in a complex future depends on our academic programming at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

› A commitment to extend environmental and sustainability education on campus in partnership with others.

› A commitment to increase our involvement in non-traditional educational activities

Effective education requires us to discern between those practices that remain effective and those where innovationis needed. The readiness of our students and alumni to succeed as citizens, employees and entrepreneurs requires that education be future-focused.

To achieve this we commit to the following priorities:

› Ensure our graduates have the necessary leadership, collaborative and technical skills to fully contribute to society and the economy.

› Expand both experiential learning opportunities andinternational education, being sensitive to the need for accessible and affordable options

› Be a culture that supports educators and celebrateseducational excellence.

› Improve our students’ capacity to succeed in entrepreneurial and social enterprise activities

Our ability to lead in sustainability education dependson an authentic engagement with this vision in our own actions. In responding to the climate emergency and other environmental threats and opportunities, the Faculty of Environment commits to adopt practices that ‘green’ its own operations and contribute to a campus-wide conversation about transformative action to position Waterloo as a leader in environment and sustainability.

› Achieve ambitious reductions in the Faculty of Environment’s carbon footprint.

› Provide leadership on University initiatives related to environment and sustainability.


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16K+alumni from 89 Countries

14% of our courses include field experiences


Ranked TOP 5 nationally in Development Studies and Geography (QS 2019)

450+ employers that actively hire Environment students


In 2018, the Faculty introduced 2 NEW graduate programs a PhD in Sustainability Management and a graduate diploma in Climate Risk Management

95.5% of undergraduate students found employment upon graduation (2018)

Download Goal 1  and Goal 1 continued as an accessible PDF