Centre for Environment and SustainabilityWestern Science
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About the Centre for Environment & Sustainability

Human activity can have complex and far-reaching effects on our fragile environment, creating a need for insightful environmental research and stewardship. In the 21st century, identifying environmental problems and developing and implementing sensible and practical solutions will increasingly depend upon research innovation and collaboration between industry, government, academics and communities. The Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), is an interdisciplinary initiative supported by the Faculty of Science (host faculty), Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Social Science, and other contributing faculties. It is home to the Undergraduate Environmental Science program, the Masters in Environment and Sustainability program and the Collaborative Environment and Sustainability program.

The mission of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability is to facilitate an interdisciplinary environment of teaching and research that advances the understanding of environmental and societal interactions. Through this mission, the CES aims to develop the next generation of environment and sustainability leaders and researchers.

Research and learning in the CES is driven by identified needs in addressing key environment and sustainability issues, as well as building on existing strengths across campus, in the following areas: water resources and contamination; climate and atmospheric change; nutrients, contaminants and remediation of soils and sediment; natural and anthropogenic hazards, and clean technology.


2016 Global Opportunities Awards

The Global Opportunities Awards are $2,000 scholarships for international learning provided through generous donations matched by funding from Western. These scholarships enable Western students to participate in exchanges, study abroad programs, international field courses, summer programs, international service learning, field research and more. There are five awards for students enrolled in the  Environmental Science program, MES and Collaborative Environment and Sustainability graduate programs. Students apply on-line through the Global Opportunities website. The deadline for submissions is March 15. Awards will be announced in early May.

2016 Seed Grants

With the intent of forging new research collaborations between faculties, the CES will be awarding seed grants in five broad research areas. Grants are intended to promote the generation of additional funding, conferences, training, and targeted deliverables among researchers whose areas of expertise align. Current collaborators may apply, but proposals shall include one or more new collaborators, with a minimum of two faculties or schools represented. Each grant will be awarded in the amount of $5000 for a one year duration. The five research themes are:

  • Water Resources and Contamination
  • Climate and Atmospheric Change
  • Nutrients, Contaminants and Remediation of Soils and Sediment
  • Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards
  • Clean Technology

More information 

Proposals are due January 29, 2016.

Please submit to Holly Sanderson

EnviroCon Call for Abstracts

EnviroCon will be held on campus on March 9, 2016. This conference is hosted by Western's Centre for Environment and Sustainability and is organized by graduate students in the collaborative program. The conference (formerly the Earth Day Colloquium) brings together student and faculty researchers from departments on campus and other universities, guest specialists and community members for a day focussed on environment and sustainability research and related activities. The theme for this year's conference is communication. Participation in EnviroCon is free for all presenters and attendees.

Absracts for oral presentations on topics related to environment and sustainability are now being accepted. Collaborative and/or interdisciplinary work is encouraged and presentations should be accessible to a multi-disciplinary audience.

For more information please visit us at EnviroCon.

D.O. Sustainability

"D.O. Sustainability" is a weekly newsletter produced by Master's in Environment and Sustainability (M.E.S.) candidate John Drahushchak, as part of his four-month internship with the Faculty of Science. The newsletter is part of an awareness and participation campaign designed for faculty and staff that offers useful information on a variety of topics ranging from Western's sustainability initiatives to practices that can be adopted in the office or at home. Newsletters will be posted here for the duration of the term. The Zero Hero  Healthy Commute