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New website launch - May 2014

We are pleased to announce major changes to our website, which will be launched during in the month of May. The new site will include many new features as well as major structural and navigational improvements for potential and current student users and other frequent visitors.


Limited Duties Teaching Positions Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 - April 24, 2014

Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 teaching positions available with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability. Positions are listed under the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Social Science under Part-time appointments (in each faculty). Closing date for all applications is May 23, 2014.

Applications are now accepted for a Full Professor or Associate Professor (tenured) position in the Department of Biology and Centre for Environment and Sustainability. The successful candidate will have expertise in the area of Adaptation to a Changing Environment. For full details on this position, application procedures and closing date, please consult the Faculty Relations website.


Western named to Princeton Review's green guide - April 21, 2014

For the second consecutive year, Western joined The University of British Columbia as one of only two Canadian universities profiled in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition. (Read Western News Article)


Environmental Science Thesis Presentation Day - April 5, 2014

Mark your calendars! This year's undergraduate Environmental Science thesis presentations will be held Saturday April 5, 2014. This event presents an excellent opportunity to students considering enrollment in the fourth year research thesis course to learn more about the variety of topics and types of research that can be explored the course.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:00-12:30 pm
location: North Campus Building Rm 117


Environmental Expo! - April 7, 2014

9:00am-4:30pm
Mustang Lounge West, University Community Centre (UCC)

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 Monday April 7th, 2014 in the UCC in the Mustang Lounge West from 9:30am to 4:30pm. This exciting exposition will include 39 compelling 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:

Topics Include:

  • Genetically Modified Uh-Oh
  • Bio-die-versity: Loss of species
  • The need for a global Brita
  • Air Pollution: Keep calm and breathe on
  • We've got the power: Renewable energy
  • ...and many more

There is something to interest everyone at the Environmental Expo.  Our students extend an invitation to everyone in the Western Community, the City of London and area, and members of government and business to attend.  Admission is free.  Don’t miss out! 


2014 Earth Day Colloquium - April 9 and 10, 2014

The Earth Day Colloquium (EDC) is now in its 11th year! This conference is organized by graduate students with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Western University. This event is FREE to attend and free for participating presenters. Students completing research related to environment and sustainability in any field or discipline are encouraged to submit abstracts or posters for this event. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to learn about the wide array of research that is currently underway at Western and other participating universities. The event is open to the public.

EDC welcomes posters and talks on topics related to environment and sustainability.

Follow EDC 2014 on Facebook and Twitter!


Students in the Community: Cigarette butt project - April 1, 2014

Volunteers Wanted! April 1

Western Team Takes on Toxic Butt Waste by Jordan Detmers

When you think about cigarettes and the dangers they pose, the adverse effects of the use of the product likely comes to mind. A growing concern in many cities is the danger of the cigarette after it has been used and flicked away without a care by the user. Cigarette butts are not only unsightly but they are also toxic.  Contrary to popular belief, they are not made of cotton – they are made of a non-biodegradable plastic that can enter our waterways and has a detrimental impact on fish and wildlife. A group of students in the Masters in Environment & Sustainability program (MES) at Western have recognized this detrimental impact and created a campaign to educate and clean up the butt heavy areas of London. Read More in Purple and Green

Volunteers wanted!
1 April Butts Education Downtown London
Enter a draw for free London Knights Tickets!
Learn More! Email: Jordan


Western Green Awards - March 12, 2014

Now seeking student, staff and faculty nominations

Help us celebrate the green deeds of Western’s community by nominating someone for the Western Green Awards!

The Green Awards recognize an individual or team who: initiate or support an activity with positive environmental outcomes; encourage participation and involvement; work together with others, groups and organizations to meet their goal; or demonstrate an environmentally friendly effort/campaign. 

Raise awareness of sustainability at Western through the acknowledgement of community members who have made positive contributions! Nominations may be made at sustainability.uwo.ca/green_awards/ and will close on March 12, 2014(new deadline!)

Nominations are open to all students, faculty and staff at Western and the affiliate colleges.

The Green Awards are hosted by Western's Facilities Management group. For more information on the Green Awards please contact greenawards@uwo.ca.


Environment and Sustainability Research Showcase - March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014
1:00-5:00 pm
Atrium, Physics& Astronomy Building

Western researchers are invited to provide a poster and/or attend an “Environment and Sustainability Showcase”. The intent is to highlight the mutual strengths we have in the theme of Sustainability and Environment across all faculties at Western.

This event provides a great opportunity for faculty and students to gain a better appreciation for what their colleagues are doing in this broad research area, fostering potential collaboration. Submissions from faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students completing research related to environment and sustainability are welcomed. Please see information below on registration and poster submission.

13:00 poster set-up and session
14:30 three minute thesis talks
15:00 keynote address by Dr. Stephen Long, U. Illinois
16:00 refreshments

Participant Registration and Poster Submissions

Please RSVP Arzie Chant by February 24, confirming your attendance and providing the Title and Author list for your poster. Posters can be: 1) broad overview posters of research conducted in individual lab groups or larger collaborative groups; these would be presented by the PIs; or 2) detailed project posters presented by students or pdfs. These can be posters recycled from recent conferences.


Gwynne Dyer "Climate Wars" - February 12, 2014

Canadian author, historian and journalist Gwynne Dyer will visit Western to present a special guest lecture on "Climate Wars",based on his recent book of the same name. (Detailed information and the event poster)

The talks is at 5:00 p.m. in Conron Hall (University College). Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. This is a Social Science Student Council event with support from several faculties.


Western receives Environment Canada's observational weather data collection - January 31, 2014

Nationally-significant environmental data that has been stored, in paper form, by Environment Canada dating back nearly 175 years is coming on long-term loan to Western University to be preserved, digitized and shared for research and teaching.

An initiative led by Western's NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment and Western Archives will soon receive an archival collection of Canadian daily observational weather records spanning the period from 1840 to 1960.  "Canada is a big country that has always been obsessed with the weather. As a result, we've created a massive amount of climate data valuable for studying global climate change today," says Alan MacEachern, a history professor at Western's Faculty of Social Science and the Director of NiCHE.  The new home of the collection, Western Archives provides a wide range of services to support Western's goals for research, scholarship and teaching and learning.


Canada's Environmental Priorities - January 22, 2014

Bob Hamilton, Deputy Minister of Environment Canada will be speaking about Canada's Environmental Priorities on January 22, 2014 in Conron Hall (UC 224) from 10:30 - 11:30 am. All are welcome to attend.


Environmental Exposition - Friday Dec. 6, 2013

Sudents 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 Friday Dec. 6th, 2013 in the UCC in the Mustang Lounge West from 9:30am to 4:00pm. This exciting exposition will include 33 compelling 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:

  • Every Road has its Thorn: Urbanization
  • Who Invited You?: Habitat Loss
  • Every Drop Counts: The Effects of Water Pollution
  • Do you know what you're eating?: Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Paws Off: Human Impacts on Biodiversity
  • ...and many more

There is something to interest everyone at the Environmental Expo. Our students extend an invitation to everyone in the Western Community, the City of London and area, and members of government and business to attend. Admission is free. Don’t miss out!


Fall Graduate Thanks Western

Ryan Yee on Graduation Day November 2013



"Celebrating the best university experience of my life! Thank you to everyone who made it seriously amazing. So proud to be a Western Alumnus!!!"
Ryan Yee, MES Class of 2013


Centre's Co-Director Makes Delta's 2014 "Clean 50" List of Canadians for Outstanding Contributors to Clean Capitalism

Dr. Gordon McBean, Co-director (Research), Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Western has been "identified and recognized as one of 50 individuals (or small teams) who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable development or clean capitalism in Canada". The first Clean50 awards were announced in 2012 by Delta Management Group, a "search firm based in Toronto with search practices in high tech, clean tech, and sustainability and corporate social responsibility practitioners". For more information please visit the Clean50 website.


2012-13 Headlines

Earth Day Colloquium

The 10th annual Earth Day Colloquium was held April 11 and 12, 2013 on Western's campus. This event was 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. The anniversary event includes guided nature walks and a workshop by keynote speaker Bron Taylor. (place link to past colloquium once page created)


Evironmental Expo

All Welcome
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

For further information please contact the 1021F/G Instructor: Christie Stewart.


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)


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....