Since 1968, the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University has been at the forefront of cutting edge research, teaching and learning. As the first Environmental Studies program in Canada, we explore the theoretical and practical relationships between the natural, social, artistic and built environments. Offering three innovative programs – Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES), Master in Environmental Studies (MES) and Doctorate in Environmental Studies (PhD) – our mandate is to provide unsurpassed opportunities for our students.
Our vision is to direct and combine the diverse energies, assets and activities of FES as the premier location for interdisciplinary, analytical and collaborative research, education and community action on critical and changing environmental issues.
2016 at FES
In April 2016, York U's Faculty of Environmental Studies opened The Lillian Meighen Wright Centre, the landmark building of York's EcoCampus and the new home of the Las Nubes Project.
A series of generous donations allowed York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies to consolidate 25 acres across from the Las Nubes Forest Reserve to create York’s EcoCampus.
Our Professors are experts in their fields and among the best in 2016:
- John Lounds is the 2016 winner of the Canadian Museum of Nature's Inspiration Award
- Toronto’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, receives YU Bryden Alumni Award for Leadership
- Beth McMahon appointed as the new Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Planners
- Tzeporah Berman announced as Co-Chair of the Alberta Governments Oil Sands Advisory Group
- Darnel Harris receives international recognition as one of 25 youth leaders by Green Talents
- FES and Osgoode host the 2016 Symposium on Indigenous Justice
- FES hosts Municipal Think Tank on Ontario's new Growth Plan & Climate Change Action Plan
- Partnership with Wildlife Prevention Canada leads to key research development & student jobs
- Undercurrents Journal celebrates its 20 year with special edition
- Syrus Ware receives 2016 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
- New PhD Candidate Victoria MacPhail discovers a rare bee in Ontario
- BES Student Nishal Shah selected to represent YorkU at Universities Canada's Converge 2017
- MES Students, Munira Sitotaw, Nick Sabo, Kelly Liu and Jorge Antonio Vallejos take top 3 awards in the 4th International Cellphilm Festival
Our year could not have been so successful without the generous giving from our donors: The Wright Foundation, The Fisher Fund, Don Biback and TD Friends of the Environment.