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.

Dean’s Highlights

The Faculty of Environmental Studies is a community of people engaged in making a positive, just and sustainable change in our world. Our Dean’s Highlights will recognize and celebrate the monthly achievements of our community members. Share in our recognition for our outstanding scholars, inspiring students, successful alumni, dynamic staff and supportive friends.

Professor Dayna Nadine Scott spearheaded a submission to the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change earlier this year, urging him to establish a Regional Impact Assessment for the Ring of Fire region in the far north of Ontario so that expected impacts from mining and road proposals can be examined for their cumulative impacts on Indigenous ways of life, harvesting practices and jurisdiction.  In a stunning success, the Minister granted the request in a letter dated February 10thto Osgoode’s Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic. MES grad Jenna Davidson worked closely with Prof Scott on the submission. 

From Mar 2 to 5, the Faculty of Environmental Studies hosted 26th Annual Eco-Arts and Media Festival.The 2020 festival took up an expansive theme of Pollination, including the biocultural importance of pollinators to the ecosystem and recognizing pollination in terms of the exchange of knowledge and ideas.  Special thanks to the team of organizers lead by Lisa Myers.


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York University’s Land Acknowledgement

We recognize that many Indigenous nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Métis. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.