Master's of Environmental Sustainability Program Highlight: Capstone Projects

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Students in the research paper stream of the MSc in Environmental Sustainability program enrol in the Capstone Seminar in Environmental Sustainability (EVD5111). This course involves partnering with organizations working on a sustainability issue. Students form interdisciplinary teams to identify the scientific, economic, legal and social dimensions of a particular environmental problem, evaluate a set of possible solutions and recommend an approach.

This course is taken in the second term of the program, after the fall foundational courses. This allows students to step out of the theoretical world, apply their newly-acquired skill sets and knowledge to a real world sustainability issue and know that they are making a difference.

See what our partners have to say!


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"The Capstone course provides a wonderful opportunity to students and partner organizations alike.  At the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), we received a comprehensive report from the Capstone students which captured the views of several key informants on the pesticide approval process run by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).  This research is being used to inform and support policy work that we are doing on this issue ourselves."

- Kim Perrotta MHSc, Executive Director Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)




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Capstone course students played a key role in the preparation of Waste Watch Ottawa’s high profile September 2017 report on the City of Ottawa’s waste diversion performance.  The students became engaged with the topic and worked hard to support WWO’s critical review of the City’s recycling and green bin programs.  The comparative analysis of provincial waste diversion data and the identification of best waste diversion practices were the foundation from which WWO  made recommendations to improve Ottawa’s programs. The work of the Capstone students was instrumental in helping focus more media and public attention on an often overlooked but important environmental issue and an essential part of the City’s infrastructure.”

- Duncan Bury, Environmental Consultant, on behalf of Waste Watch Ottawa


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“Ottawa Riverkeeper has been fortunate to participate in the Capstone in Environmental Sustainability course for the past two years, each year bringing forward a project related to our work protecting the Ottawa River Watershed. We have enjoyed working with the Masters students, have found them to be bright and engaged and we have been able to incorporate their research and ideas into our ongoing work. Working with the students and their professor has been a great opportunity!”

- Meredith Brown, Riverkeeper, Ottawa Riverkeeper



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Professor Mary Trudeau Ph.D., P.Eng., has organized and taught the Capstone course for the last two years. 





Authored by Catherine Legault, Assistant Director (Graduate Studies) at the Institute of the Environment

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