About the Centre for Environment and Sustainability

Human activity has complex and far-reaching effects on our fragile environment, creating a need for integrative approaches that support effective stewardship. In the 21st century, identifying environmental problems and developing and implementing sensible and practical solutions will increasingly depend upon innovation and collaboration between industry, government, academics and communities.  The mission of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) is to foster interdisciplinary teaching and learning that advances the understanding of complex environmental and societal interactions. Through this mission, the CES aims to develop the next generation of environment and sustainability leaders. The CES is an interdisciplinary initiative supported by the Faculty of Science (host faculty), Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Social Science, and other contributing faculties. It is home to the Undergraduate Environmental Science program, the Masters in Environment and Sustainability program, and the Collaborative Environment and Sustainability program.

2019 Top Stories

Environmental Science students get eyes-on virtual reality learning experience

“I could take straight photos and present them. But this particular 360-degree format allows the students to explore the sites themselves,” said Mensink, adding in the future students can even take the tours at home. “The ability for you to explore yourselves – it’s important for learning. You feel you are in that area and looking around.”

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Centre Partners with Alternatives Media

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Centre Partners with Green Economy London

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability joined Green Economy London as a Founding Partner in July 2019. This partnership allows the Centre to be more integrated with the local community and will provide opportunities for its students to interact closely with different London-based businesses and institutions.

"We are thrilled to work with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Western University as a Founding Partner, as it’s a strong signal of the local appetite and energy for a transition to a low-carbon economy," said Skylar Franke, Executive Director of the London Environmental Network (host organization of Green Economy London).  

“Becoming a Founding Partner crystalizes our relationship with Green Economy London. Such a relationship will continue to cultivate opportunities for our students to give back to our community and gain valuable experience” adds Stephan Vachon, the Centre’s Acting Director.

Green Economy London is one of seven Green Economy Hubs across Ontario supporting networks of businesses to set and achieve sustainability targets. Green Economy London was launched in May 2019. Other Founding Partners are the London Community Foundation, the City of London, Labatt’s, MTE, and Try Recycling. As of today, the hub includes 20 member organizations that are setting targets to reduce their ecological footprint. “This is a great day for the Centre and we are proud to further our association with Green Economy London” concludes Vachon.