Chancellor Calin Rovinescu engaged four thought leaders in a lively conversation on the theme of “Climate change in the age of Trump: How should Canada respond?” Hundreds of students, faculty, alumni and members of the community attended or tuned in to the Chancellor’s Debate on November 6, 2017. Read these quotes from a stimulating discussion (including our own Stewart Elgie, Director of the Institute of the Environment).
Students in the Master's of Environmental Sustainability (MES) program come from all walks of life. Some have a bachelor degree in the natural sciences, in the social sciences, in arts, engineering or law, while others have decided to enter the program after having spent a number of years working in the private and / or public sectors. We love this diversity as it adds to the interdisciplinary nature of the program!
For four years you have worked hard to get those great grades. You kept your options open so you could get into your graduate school of choice. Your hard work has paid off, so don’t forget to apply for funding! If you are interested in applying to our Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program, look into these 3 external awards. It’s unbelievable how many A and A+ students come into our program and haven’t even submitted an application for OGS! Taking the time to apply for funding and completing your master’s program without worrying about a part-time job is well worth the effort. Good luck!
It’s that time of year when students should begin writing scholarship grant applications. Last week, the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa hosted an information session on scholarships available to students interested in pursuing graduate studies, and invited the Institute of the Environment to attend. We identified 6 practical tips for writing scholarship grants that we want to share with our prospective students!
Every year, uOttawa’s Institute of the Environment organizes an action-packed Welcome Week that brings together our Master’s of Environmental Sustainability (MES) students, our uOttawa professors, and local environmental professionals.
Did you know that in 2013, Ottawa residents produced 175,000 tonnes of trash? That’s about 198 kg/person!  This waste not only costs the city millions of dollars ($23.4 million in 2014, to be exact), it’s also filling our landfills and polluting our waterways. Reducing the amount of waste we produce has multiple benefits, including financial savings for the city, fewer landfills, and less plastic in our water and food systems.
CSEE 2017 is a conference held by the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution, a non-profit organization that includes practicing ecologists and evolutionary biologists. This year, the meeting was held in the beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia. Symposiums, workshops, and poster presentations took place downtown, at the Victoria Conference Centre and at the Royal BC Museum. It involved almost 700 delegates, including professors and students from all over Canada. My attendance at this meeting allowed me to present my research to other delegates, for which I asked: Are there potential hotspots for the conservation of bumblebee species under different climate change scenarios? I discussed the potential changes in climatically suitable areas of 31 North American bumblebee species in year 2050, and practical conservation methods including in situ landscape management and managed relocation for declining species. The picture below was taken during a coffee break, where a constant and very loud buzz indicated continuous but excited conversations among delegates.
One of the issues that has been raised on the fraught question of whether we should build more pipelines to transport Alberta oil to places where it can be refined and/or exported is climate change. As important as climate change may be, there are many other complex factors that also need to be considered.
My connection with The Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network (EEPRN) started back in 2013. At the time, one of my supervisors, Carol McAusland, was working on a literature review for EEPRN and was seeking a co-author...