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.
Students in the Community: Cigarette butt project
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
1 April, Butts Education Downtown London
Enter a draw for free London Knights Tickets!
Learn More! Email: Jordan Subject Line: Butt Grab
March 12 2014
Western Green Awards
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 email@example.com.
Environment and Sustainability Research Showcase
March 6, 2014
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
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, 5:00 pm, Conron Hall
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. Link to detailed information and the event poster, here.
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.
January 31, 2014
Western receives Environment Canada's observational weather data collection
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.
Link to London Free Press article
January 22, 2014
Bob Hamilton, Deputy Minister of Environment Canada
Presenting: Canada's Environmental Priorities
January 22, 2014
Conron Hall (UC 224)
10:30 to 11:30 am
More information on Deputy Minister Hamilton, Government of Canada
University Community Centre, Mustang Lounge West
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 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!
"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
Welcome back students!
MES Program Applications
We will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Master's in Environment and Sustainability Program in October 2013. More details to come.
September 19, 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.
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. For more information on this event, please visit the Colloqium webpages by selecting "Earth Day Colloquium" on the right hand menu bar.
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....
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