Centre for Environment and Sustainability
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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. To this end, Western has created the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), an interdisciplinary initiative supported by the Faculty of Science (host faculty), Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Social Science, and other contributing faculties. The CES is home to the Undergraduate Environmental Science program, the Masters in Environment and Sustainability program and the Collaborative Environment and Sustainability program


Environmental Science Research Day March 28


Environmental Science Research Day is approaching fast! Students in Environmental Science 4999E present the findings of their thesis research following completion of a major laboratory or field project that emphasizes experimental design, instrumentation, collection and analysis of data. Presentations will take place in two concurrent sessions and are open to the public. Undergraduate students considering Environmental Science 4999E for next year will be interested in learning more about the wide variety of research opportunities available to explore through this course. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteer! Campus Clean up April 2

Western's campus is known for its beauty. Now that the snow is almost gone, it's time for some springtime maintenance. April 2 is the date set for the annual Campus Clean Up event. Students, staff and faculty are invited to sign-up for one hour to pitch-in, followed by a BBQ lunch and prizes. Full Article by Jason Winders and Sign-up information

11th Annual Earth Day Colloquium    April 9

Full Details found on the Earth Day Colloqiuim website

All are welcome to join us for the 12th annual Earth Day Colloquium, held on campus on April 9, 2015. This event is organized each spring by graduate students enrolled in Centre for Environment and Sustainability programs. The Earth Day Colloquium brings together in one place researchers from across campus and beyond who are studying a wide range of topics, all with a relationship to the environment or sustainability. We are pleased to include on our list of special guest speakers the wilderness explorer and photographer Jon Dunn, Steam Whistle Brewing Company's Sybil Taylor and Sujane Kandasamy of The Star Fish Canada. Admission to the colloquium is free. To learn much more about this event and about how you can participate, please visit the Earth Day Colloquium webite.

MES Student Develops Strategy for International Company

The rising awareness of environmental pollution and its effects on living organisms are leading companies to re-examine their business practices. Many organizations have adopted sustainable development strategies such as recycling and reducing carbon emissions. For most SMEs like Knowlton Development Corporation (KDC), developing innovative sustainable initiatives is a major challenge that requires both financial and qualified resources.

Full Article: Mitacs Success Stories Oct 2014

Western recognized for environmental leadership

Purple Pride turned a bit ‘green’ as Western was named among only nine recipients of the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence, an honour announced earlier this year by the provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Full Western News Article by Adela Talbot