News archive - March 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023

The 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. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Know 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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

New 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.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Urgent climate action can secure a livable future for all

Sixth Assessment Report Synthesis Report Cover.

The leading world body for the assessment of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has released their final installment of the Sixth Assessment Report. It indicates there are multiple, feasible and effective options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to human-caused climate change, but we must act now. This work is the result of the efforts of hundreds of scientists and experts who have contributed as IPCC authors and assessed thousands of scientific papers, including Dr. Sarah Burch, Dr. Susan Elliott, Dr. Luna Khirfan, Dr. Linda Mortsch and Dr. Michelle Rutty from the Faculty of Environment.

Monday, March 13, 2023

Give your feedback on how we use space in Environment buildings

Students studying in Environment building.

How do you feel about the available study, collaborative space, and workspaces in the Faculty of Environment? How would you like to see space used? Complete a short survey to help us identify potential efficiencies or areas for improvement.

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