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Community engagement

Neil Craik with SEED faculty

We want to work with you

Here at SEED, it's business not as usual. We believe that collaboration is the key to finding real solutions for our world's biggest problems; and we know that our students get more out of experiential learning. Join us at the intersection of sustainability, business and development.

Thank you to our current partners:  

Clean Farms Logo Internat Energy logo Harbourfront centre logo
HP logo Canadian Water Summit logo

Sustainable Waterloo Region logo

The REgeneration Tour logo Intact insurance logo Export Development Canada logo

Collaborate on research

SEED faculty and students regularly engage in research on corporate sustainability, sustainability assessment, resources, sustainable community development, environmental governance and policy, and social innovation. Our mandate is to create positive change in the world, a goal that is not possible without engaging with change-makers like businesses and organizations.

Submit a project

Environment and Business (ENBUS) 402

Environment and Business students spend their senior year preparing for and executing a major capstone project. Ideally, the student teams will work with a client so that the students gain valuable real world experience. As the client, you can benefit from having smart and enthusiastic students take on challenging ideas and problems.
 
For example, one of the 2013 teams reduced a restaurant group's food waste by half, and another created a plan to increase employee engagement in sustainability reporting. See these posters and more on the ENBUS project page.
 
Master of Environment and Business
 
Our Master of Environment and Business program also features a capstone project. Many of these executive-level students find their own clients among their networks, but others are looking for someone new to partner with. Years of professional experience plus graduate-level training mean these students are ready for a challenge.
 
Local Economic Development
 
Two opportunities are available to work with students in the Local Economic Development program:  
 
In the first, clients can submit a small-scale project that can be completed by a group of 3-4 over two weeks in the Fall (usually October). The teams are expected to make a site visit to gather information, complete research and present recommendations. 
 
The LED program also requires students to complete a Major Research Paper (MRP). MRPs involve some original data collection and analysis and are a minimum of 60 pages. 

Hire an intern

Local Economic Development students typically complete a four-month internship between May and August. These graduate students are well-prepared for work in research, analysis, marketing, strategic planning, and other tasks, whether simple or complex. Recent employers include government offices, organizations, and firms from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Hire a co-op student

Visit Hire Waterloo for more information on how to hire an Environment and Business (undergraduate) co-op student.

Be a guest lecturer

Share your insights and experience with SEED students. We would be thrilled to host you as a guest lecturer discussing relevant topics in sustainability, business and development. 

Donate

SEED appreciates all support for its undergraduate and graduate programs. If you are interested in learning more about how to make a tax receiptable donation, please contact the Faculty of Environment Advancement Office at 519-888-4567 ext. 38480.