Understanding our Changing Planet

Finding practical solutions to complex problems. As a globally respected discipline, Geography is highly relevant in today’s complex world, giving us the perspective and tools to respond to many challenges facing society. At its core, Geography seeks to provide a location context and practical solutions to address issues that span from the local to the global. This interdisciplinary field bridges the social sciences (human geography), information technology (geomatics), and the natural and physical sciences (physical geography) in finding sustainable solutions to global to local problems. At Waterloo, Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) does all of this.

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If you are interested in research-infused graduate and undergraduate programs that offer innovative hands-on experiential training, quantitative and qualitative skills development, and an integrative perspective that needed to tackle the toughest environmental and sustainability challenges, you have come to the right place.

  1. July 3, 2018Sarah Burch named to Canada's Top 40 under 40

  2. July 3, 2018Sarah Burch leads a $2.4M SSHRC Partnership Grant in sustainability entrepreneurship

    Congratulations to Sarah Burch for receiving a prestigious SSHRC Partnership Grant entitled "TRANSFORM: Accelerating sustainability entrepreneurship experiments in local spaces,”. Sarah is an Associate professor in GEM and a Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation.

  3. May 17, 2018GEM & ERS Students Trek To Everest Base Camp With Dr. NepalNepal

    On Monday, May 14th, a group of GEM and ERS students headed out to Nepal, as part of a 22-day course field trip to the Kathmandu and Everest regions.

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  1. July 18, 2018Plastic-Free Lemonade StandLemonade Stand Event Poster

    A Plastic-Free Campus: 2025

    Join the Waterloo Association of Geography Students (WAGS) in banning the sale of plastic on campus by the year 2025. Our first initiative is promoting the use of reusable straws and/or encouraging students, staff and faculty to refuse the plastic straw. We want to make University of Waterloo a leader in sustainability by eliminating the sale of wasteful plastics (water bottles, plastic bags, straws, unnecessary packaging, etc.) on our campus. The lemonade stand will run from 11:00am to 2:00pm in front of Dana Porter Library.

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