This past summer was the most inspiring and educational period of my life to date, and I owe it to my choice of doing my MES CO-OP work term with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat in Bonn, Germany.
A graduate program application is much like a job application. Required documents can include a resume, letter of intent, writing sample, research topic, and the like. So how do you make your application shine? Here are a few insights on what the admission committee is looking for and tips on how you can make yourself stand out!
As the world grapples with climate change and other growing environmental problems, the global economy is transforming. Before long, the strongest economies will be those that have been rebuilt to: run on clean energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, provide vibrant and healthy communities for people to live in, and preserve nature. We must therefore move beyond outdated ideas that present a false choice between a healthy environment or a strong economy, and instead generate new ideas, informed by innovative research, on how to strengthen our economy while improving environmental outcomes, and ensuring conservation. These ideas will lead to greener growth that benefits all parts of the economy – from resources to clean technology – and creates the next generation of good jobs
The Master’s in Environmental Sustainability (MES), which was launched in 2014, is still considered a relatively “new” program by university standards, but with three years under our belt, we can now follow up with our alumni to learn more about the positions they’re working in now.
We believe our program equips students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to succeed in the workforce, but don’t take our word for it. Hear what our alumni have to say!
On Tuesday morning, November 21, 2017, the students of the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability hosted the second annual panel about local sustainability, titled “People Centred Sustainability”. The event focused on individual action and their impacts on the environment, and aimed to create a dialogue on environmental issues in the National Capital Region (NCR), as well as give local sustainability professionals a time and place to connect and network...
I graduated with a M.Sc. in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment in the summer of 2015. My graduate studies experience, like many other graduate students at the University of Ottawa was challenging, but very worthwhile...
Since the early 2000s, there has been much talk about the “nuclear renaissance” — the expected revival and expansion of the civilian nuclear energy industry. The idea has largely been kept afloat by industry efforts to promote nuclear energy as a necessary part of global climate change mitigation efforts, as well as the ambitious plans made by certain countries to greatly expand nuclear power (China, notably).
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!