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
Congratulations are extended to all student presenters and Gareth Everard and Lindsay Kis (Environmental Science 4999E), as this year's winners for excellence in presentation of their fourth year research projects on March 28.
Gareth Everard (Supervisor G. Holburn, Richard Ivey School of Business)
The impact of social response on the approvals process of wind turbine projects in Ontario
Lindsay Kis (Supervisor K. Moser, Department of Geography)
Diatom preservation in Jasper National Park, Alberta
March 28 marks Undergraduate Environmental Science Research Day at Western. 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.
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
Please 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.
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.
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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
TSSS Contributor, March 26, 2015
"I believe we can do better. Better means challenging the status quo until sustainability is the cornerstone to how we run our communities, businesses and governments. These changes inevitably encounter resistence. As sustainability leaders, our job is to embrace that resistance and propel positive change." - Andrea March, MES'11
The Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS) and Corporate Knights, with sponsorship support from paper-products manufacturer Kruger Products, decided it was time to shine a light on Canadian youth who have demonstrated themselves as leaders of sustainable development by selecting the "Top 30 Under 30" entrepreneurs, activists, corporate professionals and students from a pool of 90 millenial nominees.
Making this list of impressive individuals is Western Alumna Andrea March who earned her Masters in Environment and Sustainability (M.E.S.) in 2011. While at Western, Andrea was a founding member of the Environment and Sustainability Society (E.S.S.), a group of graduate students interested in initiatives that engaged and encouraged the community outside the classroom in thinking about sustainability issues locally and taking action on a personal level. The first event was a public panel discussion on local and global sustainability, with a focus on food. Panelists included experts in microfinance, sustainable food production, sustainable development research as well as human and ecosystem health, food security and a sustainable living leader from the London community.
In the three years since graduating with the M.E.S. degree, Andrea has continued to contribute and "build her young career around supporting socially and environmentally responsible business practices. While working at the consultancy Innovolve Group, she brought together business and government leaders for the 2011 and 2012 Canadian Water Summit, which examines water risks across the country. While at Green Living Enterprises, she helped organize the annual Green Living Show. Today, she is manager of research and partnerships at RBC, where through the RBC Social Finance initiative she’s supporting the growth of social entrepreneurship, impact investing and social finance in Canada."