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Make a career out of saving the planet.

Join the global movement advocating for a greener, more sustainable world – whatever your #earthgoals. Get outdoors and protect vulnerable ecosystems. Command a boardroom and make environmentally-responsible business decisions. Design liveable communities close to home. Or work toward economic equality overseas. How do you want to leave your (eco-friendly) mark on the world?

Environment programs


Related: How to choose a program in the Faculty of Environment.

Top 5in Canada for Geography and development studies (QS World University Rankings, 2019)
Top 5in the world for climate action (THE University Impact Rankings, 2019)
Canada's onlyundergraduate Environment and Business program


Taking to the skies

Choose from an amazing range of professional and hands-on, practical programs in the Faculty of Environment, such as Geography and Aviation.


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Bailey was part of a group of seven Waterloo students who traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco for COP22, the United Nations’ global conference on climate change. She joined representatives from more than 196 countries working together to fight against global warming. “COP22 confirmed my decision to be part of the bigger picture. I want to pursue environmental governance and policy as a career.”


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Environment and Business prepares you for the workplace with 20 months of paid work experience and a final capstone project. Working in small groups, you’ll be matched with an industry partner and help them integrate sustainability into their organization. Tristan’s capstone involved an environmental audit for a large retailer. “Our client trusted that we were the experts and let us run with what we saw as the best way forward.”


male student using land surveying equipment

In his second year, Geomatics student Aujas worked for Statistics Canada as a remote sensing and geospatial analyst. (He worked with data grabbed from space satellites!) His next work term was with York Region working with water and waste management. Geospatial technologies have applications across many industries like business, education and urban planning, so there are many opportunities for students.


Faculty of Environment students wearing chest waders standing in a pond with nets and buckets in hand
Faculty of Environment students outside looking at a waterfall

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