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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UW Urban Forest receives seed funding from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

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Left to right: TD Bank Group Branch Manager, David Farhood; TD Canada Trust Financial Advisor, Ekin Sen; School of Planning Professor Michael Drescher; and Faculty of Environment Dean, Jean Andrey

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

In the media: Dawn Parker weighs in on what's causing the hot housing market

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Despite claims that land shortage is at the heart of the hot housing market in Waterloo Region, new research from the Neptis Foundation reveals that's not the case. To find out what could be causing the shortage of single detached homes, CBC recently reached out to School of Planning professor Dawn Parker who told them there are a number of factors that could be at play, including a self-reinforcing "panic response" to real or perceived scarcity and construction along the LRT line. Read the full article

Monday, April 3, 2017

TD Walter Bean visiting professor Jeffery Sachs shares an urgent but hopeful message

The good news, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs told the sold-out audience at the University of Waterloo’s Humanities Theatre last week, is that we can end extreme poverty, “and it’s not even a heavy lift.” But the bad news: “We're on the verge of wrecking it all.”

Friday, March 31, 2017

Real-world projects celebrated at ENBUS 402 Capstone Event

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SEED Director, Neil Craik addresses students, guests, judges and alumni 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Intact Centre partnering with Standards Council Canada to make new communities flood resistent

Experts Combat Community Flooding, Canada’s Costliest Extreme Weather Challenge

March 31, 2017

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre) at the University of Waterloo will join forces to develop a new report on best practices for making new residential communities flood-resilient. The partnership comes as a result of the growing number of costly and severe flooding events in various parts of the country.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Co-op student of the year rewarded for taking the initiative

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By Farah Hassan, Communications & Social Media Coordinator, Faculty of Environment

Monday, March 13, 2017

In the media: Nancy Worth on young Torontonians living with their parents

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Toronto's hot housing market has more young adults living at home with their parents. Geography and Environmental Management professor Nancy Worth spoke with the New York Times on the trend that shows 56.5 percent of people in their 20s (PDF) in the Toronto area still live with their parents, compared with 42 percent nationwide. Professor Worth said, despite negative stereotypes of lazy millennials free-loading in their parents' basements, many of these educated young professionals are actually making smart, strategic choices. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Donors and students recognized at Inaugural Awards Banquet

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“I was going to welcome you on behalf of the Faculty,“ began Dean Jean Andrey, addressing the students, alumni, faculty, staff and donors assembled in Fed Hall’s beautiful dining room last night. “But then I realized, you ARE the faculty.” So commenced the inaugural Faculty of Environment Awards Banquet.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In the media: Stephen Murphy commends salamander conservation efforts

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For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Burlington will stop traffic to save the Jefferson salamander. A kilometer of King Road will be shut down for three weeks to allow the endangered amphibians to safely cross the road from their wintering site to their breeding grounds.

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