Dean's Message

Ravi de Costa
Interim Dean
Faculty of Environmental Studies
York University

Every year we demand more from the natural world than it can replenish. And the consequences of using up our planet and its resources are felt not just in our climate, our forests and oceans. They also create inequality and injustice of many kinds in our societies. At the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University we are working to understand and to change this situation. We look to craft solutions that are just and sustainable and that empower individuals and communities.

Whether you are in interested in renewable energy or urban politics, citizen science or how to use the arts for environmental activism, Indigenous environmental knowledge or food studies, FES offers programs for you.  Our approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on the full range of academic approaches and methods, to address challenges that are entangled and dynamic. We are based in Toronto but teach, research and have collaborations with communities in over 30 countries.

We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as a range of undergraduate certificates, dual degree options and graduate diplomas. Our programs prepare students for success in a growing environmental job market. More than 3,000 grads are now working around the world, playing vital roles in government, business, and non-profit agencies, in communities and in environmental NGOs.

Come explore with us. Come learn how to be an effective actor in a changing world.

Browse this web site, scan through our faculty members’ profiles, and look at what current students and alumni are doing. FES may just be the place you’ve been looking for. We hope you will join us in our efforts to create a more equitable, more just, and more sustainable world.