MAY 1, 2013
Role of Industrial Ecology in Environmental Policy and Company Strategy
May 1, 2013, 2:00 pm, 1200 Spencer Engineering Building, UWO
Roland Clift, Prof. Emeritus, Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey and
Executive Director, International Society for Industrial Ecology
Industrial ecology is a new grouping of academic approaches which sheds light on the use, accumulation and wastage of resources in the economy. Life Cycle Assessment and Material Flow Accounting are two of the basic tools of industrial ecology. These tools and approaches increasingly provide the underpinning for environmental legislation and regulation in the European Union and for the environmental strategy of companies supplying consumer products. Some examples will be discussed including labelling to inform supply chain management and consumer purchasing and sustainable consumption programs.
Teaching Postions 2013-14 - Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Applications for the following limited-duties postings for the 2013-14 academic year will be accepted until the closing date of May 24, 2013.
Undergraduate Environmental Science Postings
EnvSci 1021F; EnvSci 1021G; EnvSci 3300F; EnvSci 4970F/G and EnvSci/Bio 4999E
Envrsust 9012A Planning and Management
Envrsust 9014B Ecosystem Health
Envrsust 9200X Interdisciplinary Consulting Project
APRIL 11-12, 2013
EARTH DAY COLLOQUIUM
The 10th annual Earth Day Colloquium will be held April 11 and 12, 2013 on Western's campus. This event is free and open to everyone. The Earth Day Colloqium brings together researchers from across campus who are completing studies on a variety of subjects related to the environment and sustainability.This year's anniversary event includes guided nature walks and a workshop by keynote speaker Bron Taylor. ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS will be accepted until March 26. For more information on this event, please visit the Colloqium webpages by selecting "Earth Day Colloquium" on the right hand menu bar.
April 10, 2013
Wednesday April 10th, 2013
9:30am to 4:00pm
University Community Centre (UCC) Atrium
Students in the first-year Environmental Issues course (1021F/G) at Western and Huron University College want to invite you to the presentation of their final group projects. The Environmental Expo will be held on Wednesday April 10th, 2013 in the UCC Atrium from 9:30am to 4:00pm. This exciting exposition will include 46 compelling posters topics that confront some of the difficult environmental issues we currently face. The posters are the result of dedicated research from group members on their topic followed by collaboration to tie the complete story of each environmental issue together. The students will be available to answer any questions you might have about their projects. The topics are diverse and will educate, inspire and challenge the audience and promote conversation about these timely environmental issues. Some of the topics you can expect to learn about are:
- No Habitat for Humanity: Habitat
- Think Outside the Barrel: Fossil Fuel Alternatives
- Freaks of Nature: Genetically Modified Organisms
- Having a Bad 'Air' Day: Impacts of Air Pollution
- Concrete Jungle: Impacts of Urbanization
- Waste at Waist Level: Issues with Waste
- Earth on Fire: Climate Change and Global Warming
There is something to interest everyone at the Environmental Expo. Our students extend an invitation to everyone. Admission is free.Don’t miss out!
For further information please contact the 1021F/G Instructor: Christie Stewart
April 6, 2013
Undergraduate Environmental Science Research Presentations
296 North Campus Building (NCB)
Students in Environmental Science 4999E will deliver presentations on their research projects. All are welcome to attend. Students will be under examination at the time of presentation.
Jee Kim - Identification of Cantharellus species of Newfoundland and Labrador using phylogenetic analysis
Alex Chang - Post-fledging survival and movement in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia)
Michael Rogers - Influences of snowmelt runoff on macroinvertebrate community structures of Upper Thames subwatersheds over a long-term data period
Alexandra Timoshenko - The mapping of lichen diversity on street trees in London, Ontario
Aaron Craig - Peat DOM shifts in response to climate change
Dimuth Kurukulaarachchi - A Comparison of the energy balance of green roofs in Calgary, Alberta and London, Ontario
David Landsman - The effect of perceived predation risk on flight performance in the Brown-headed Cowbird
Zoe Chatzidakis - Molecular and morphological analysis of fungi in roots of Cypripedium reginae and Fraxinus nigra from Newfoundland
Anne Wozney - The influence of humic acid on the adsorption of mercury to Northern Ontario marine silt
MARCH 22, 2013
WORLD WATER DAY - WESTERN
Friday, March 22, 2013
12:00 - 2:00 pm (panel discussion 1:00 pm)
University Community Centre (UCC), Mustang Louge
Western University is marking World Water Day and the International Year of Water Cooperation with an interdisciplinary special event, at the Mustang Lounge,UCC, from noon to 2 p.m. The panel discussion, which starts at 1 p.m. will feature researchers from the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Arts & Humanities as representation from our external community partners. We will also be featuring information booths from internal and external community partners, starting at noon.
Brian Branfireun, Professor, Faculty of Science, Western/Canada Research Chair in Environment and Sustainability
Slobodan Simonovic, Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Western Civil/Research Chair, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Patrick Mahon, Professor, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Linda Gowman, Chief Technology Officer, Trojan Technologies (http://trojanuv.com/)
Western Sustainability Team, Facilities Management
Southern Ontario Water Consortium (http://sowc.ca/)
SOGS Sustainability Committee (SOGSS)
City of London
London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
January 18, 2013
Collaborative Environment and Sustainability Program
Current Western students who are in their first year of graduate degree study in a research-based program may be eligible to enrol in the Collaborative Environment and Sustainability enrichment program. The submission deadline for new applicants (January entrance) is January 18, 2013. More information
December 4, 2012
Environmental Exposition to be held in the University Community Centre Atrium
University Community Centre Atrium
Tuesday Dec. 4th, 2012 – 9:30am to 4:00pm
Students in the first-year Environmental Issues course (1021F/G) at Western and Huron University College want to invite you to the presentation of their final group projects. The Environmental Expo will be held on Tuesday Dec. 4th, 2012in the UCC Atrium from 9:30am to 4:00pm. This exciting exposition will include 35 compelling posters or videos covering over 20 topics that confront some of the difficult environmental issues we currently face. The posters are the result of dedicated research from group members on their topic followed by collaboration to tie the complete story of each environmental issue together. The students will be available to answer any questions you might have about their projects. The topics are diverse and will educate, inspire and challenge the audience and promote conversation about these timely environmental issues. Some of the topics you can expect to learn about are:
Urban Burden: Impacts of Urbanization
Dude, Where’s my Habitat?: Habitat Loss
Say NO to Degrading H20!: Impacts of Water Depletion
It’s Getting Hot in Here: Climate Change and Global Warming
Our World Modified: Genetically Modified Organisms
Brought to you by: Centre for Environment & Sustainability and Huron College
For further information please contact the 1021F/G Instructor: Dr. Christie Stewart
October 24, 2012
MES Program Alumna Earns Global Award of Excellence
Dayna Linley, MES' 08 has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 Responsible Investment Independent Research Award in the Individual Analyst category. Read more (Thomson Reuters press-release) _______________________________________________________________
October 1, 2012
Appointment of Co-Directors, Centre for Environment and Sustainability
The Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Charmaine Dean welcomes Gordon McBean and Dan Shrubsole as the new co-Directors for the Centre of Environment and Sustainability, effective October 1, 2012:
Director, Academic Programs and Administration
Professor Shrubsole received an undergraduate degree from Laurentian University (1980, Nipissing College Campus), a Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (1983) and a PhD from the University of Waterloo (1989). He has been at Western since 1988. He is Professor in the Department of Geography and has served as Chair of that Department since 2005. He has also served as Acting co-Director of the Environment and Sustainability Program at Western (2009-2010). Read more...
Director, Research and External Relations
Gordon McBean has built on a background of research on the physics of atmosphere and oceans systems to become Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences at The University of British Columbia, then Assistant Deputy Minister in Environment Canada, and now, since 2000, a Professor of Geography and Political Science and Director of Policy Studies at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western. Read more....
Timothy Morton "Unground, Underground, Ground Under"
November 2, 2012 Conron Hall, 5 pm
The current ecological crisis ungrounds human being by causing human history to intersect decisively with geological time, marked by the coinage of the term Anthropocene to refer to a period that started around 1790 with human industry's deposition of a thin layer of carbon in Earth's crust, and continued after 1945 with the Great Acceleration, marked by the deposition of a thin layer of radioactive materials. So much for "unground" and what lies "underground." But there is more. This moment witnesses a quake in being, a being-quake, not simply a shaking of the ground beneath our feet. It is the "end of the world" qua horizon or background, and the inception of what I call coexistence, a mesh of intimacy between humans and nonhumans, whether we like it or not. In this paper I shall attempt some preliminary mapping of this strange new psychic, social and philosophical space in which we find ourselves "ground under," caught among alien objects in a reality that has no outside.
Timothy Morton, Professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University, is the author of Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (forthcoming from Open Humanities Press), The Ecological Thought (Harvard UP, 2010), and Ecology without Nature (Harvard UP, 2007). Morton is currently writing Dark Ecology and Buddhaphobia, two studies of philosophy and culture in the global nineteenth century. He has published seven other books, all of which are about issues and authors in the Romantic period (Frankenstein, Percy Shelley, Romantic-period food and eating, radicalism). Professor Morton is the author of over eighty essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, food and music. He gives lectures around the world on literature, ecology, philosophy and culture.
This event is co-sponsored with the Department of English, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Centre for Theory and Criticism, the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, and the Public Humanities Forum.
June 12, 2012
The Centre for Environment & Sustainability annual newsletter for 2012 is now available. Read all about it in the current issue of DispatchES.
April 20, 2012
Interdisciplinary Environmental Actions for Sustainability
The 4th Annual I.D.E.A.S Conference, an event featuring consulting project presentations from the Masters in Environment & Sustainability Program, was recently held at London's Convergence Centre. The consulting project course offers students the opportunity to work in groups alongside real-world clients to research a business related environment and sustainability issue and provide a set of recommendations to respond to the issue as presented by the participating client. This year, students worked with the City of London, Niagara Parks Commission, YMCA, Thames River Clear Water Revival Project, Middlesex County Planning Department, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Sobey's Inc.
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