E-EnviroNews

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The last E-Environews electronic newsletter was April 2014. It features news about the School of the Environment and the University of Toronto environmental community.

 

Previous issues of E-Environews.

April 2014 Issue

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HONOURS AND APPOINTMENTS


INGRID STEFANOVIC TO LEAD SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY’S FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT

After a long career at U of T, Professor Ingrid Leman Stefanovic (Department of Philosophy) will be leaving to take up the position of Dean of the newly-formed Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.  She served as the Director of the former Centre for Environment (now the School of the Environment) from 2005 to 2010.  Her research relates to perceptions of space and how values and attitudes that are taken for granted affect decision making.  The School of the Environment is pleased to have Dr. Stefanovic speak at its Research Day on Wed April 16, 2014.  She will be speaking about her current project on interdisciplinarity of environmental studies and the challenges that post-secondary environmental education faces.  READ SFU’S ANNOUNCEMENT…

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ANDREW MIALL WINS PRESTIGIOUS LOGAN MEDAL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO EARTH SCIENCES
Congratulations to Professor Andrew Miall of the Department of Earth Sciences who has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Geological Association of Canada’s most prestigious award, the Logan Medal, which recognizes sustained distinguished achievement in Canadian Earth science. Dr. Miall works at the intersection of energy and the environment. He is widely known for his expertise on responsible development of Canada’s oil sands, one of the country’s most important science-related public policy issues, and has served as a key advisor to governments on ways to improve environmental oversight and management.  READ AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. MIALL…

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MARNEY ISAAC AWARDED CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR IN AGROECOSYSTEMS & DEVELOPMENT 

Professor Marney Isaac of the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at U of T Scarborough has been awarded a new Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Agroecosystems and Development.  She joins 248 CRCs at U of T, the largest number of appointments in the country.  Dr. Isaac will be researching how to make agricultural environments more sustainable.  She will study how to make agricultural landscapes more productive while maximizing the positive impact of environmental and social benefits called “ecosystem services” such as carbon storage and biodiversity.  READ MORE and VISIT HER HOMEPAGE…   

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SHAWN LEHMAN JOINS JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE OF CANADA BOARD

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Shawn Lehman (Department of Anthropology) to its Board of Directors. Located at the School of the Environment, JGI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife research, environmental education, and conservation while encouraging social change in the developing world. The objective of the School’s partnership with JGI is to provide opportunities for educational collaboration through research, lectures and other programs.  VISIT DR. LEHMAN’S HOMEPAGE and READ MORE ON JGI’S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL.  

 

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FACES OF SUSTAINABILITY: ROMILA VERMA AND MURRAY THOMSON
Sessional Lecturer Dr. Romila Verma (School of the Environment and Dept. of Geography) and Professor Murray Thomson (Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) are the most recent Faces of Sustainability, an ongoing feature of the U of T Sustainability Office that highlights individuals who contribute to environmental progress at the University. At the School, Dr. Verma teaches ENV200H Assessing Global Change: Science and the Environment.  Professor Thomson researches bio-fuels and combustion as well as developing sensors to improve energy efficiency in large industrial processes.  READ THEIR INTERVIEWS…


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RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

OIL SANDS EMISSIONS GREATLY UNDERESTIMATED, RESEARCH SHOWS
A new comprehensive modeling assessment of contamination in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region indicates that officially reported emissions of certain hazardous air pollutants have been greatly underestimated. The study, which was the most comprehensive such modelling done for the Oil Sands Region, was carried out by Professor Frank Wania (U of T Scarborough Physical and Environmental Sciences) and his Ph.D. candidate Abha Parajulee.  Results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.   READ MORE… and READ THE FULL ARTICLE… (U of T members)

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DOCTORAL STUDENT DAN WEAVER REPORTS FROM THE ARCTIC
Dan Weaver, a doctoral student in the Department of Physics and the School of the Environment, spent the month of March conducting research at PEARL, the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory on Ellesmere Island, near Eureka, Nunavut.  He was on site with colleagues from U of T, York University, and Western University including Joseph Mendonca, also a doctoral student in Physics and the School. Both are supervised by Dr. Kimberly Strong, Director of the School of the Environment.  The current team is participating in the Canadian Arctic ACE/OSIRIS Validation Campaign, which is led by Dr. Kaley Walker, Associate Professor in Physics. READ DAN’S INSTALLMENTS 1-5: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE.

 

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STUDENTS NEWS

BACKPACK TO BRIEFCASE EVENT FOR SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT STUDENTS
The Faculty of Arts and Science held a Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) event on February 27, 2014 for School of the Environment undergraduate students who heard from and asked questions of a panel of Environmental Studies program alumni invited back to share their education and career experiences and to offer encouragement and advice.  READ MORE…


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ENVIRONMENT UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AWARDED FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS

Congratulations to School of the Environment undergraduate students recently awarded scholarships in honour of Robert Hunter, Douglas Pimlott and Jane Goodall this Spring term. Presentations were made at the Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture, the Douglas Pimlott Memorial Lecture and also at a special reception with Dr. Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. READ MORE…

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 


NEW AGREEMENT WILL OFFER GREEN BUILDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES
The School of the Environment and the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) are pleased to announce a new environmental education agreement which will offer professional development courses in the rapidly developing and expanding green building field.  Courses provide technical background, industry context, case studies and current best practices, including LEED credit details where applicable. The CaGBC is the leading national industry organization advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. It works closely with member organizations involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings and homes in an effort to make every building greener. READ MORE…

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PAST EVENTS 


JANE GOODALL VISITS U OF T ON HER CROSS-CANADA SPEAKING TOUR
Just before her 80th birthday on April 3rd, world-renowned primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace was in town on March 27 as part of a cross-Canada speaking tour.  She delivered a message of hope to a packed audience at the 37th Watts Lecture at U of T Scarborough.  To students, she said “…my biggest reason for hope in the future is the imagination we possess to find solutions to the problems we’ve created.”  READ MORE…

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SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT CONCLUDES THIS YEAR’S PUBLIC SEMINAR SERIES

The School of the Environment’s three successful public seminar series have now ended for this academic year.  Next year’s fall line-up will be announced in early September.  Please stay tuned. The three series are: 1) the Environment series, Wednesdays at 4:10 pm, 2) the Environment and Health series, Thursdays at 4:10 pm., and 3) the Memorial Lecture Series held in the Spring, in honour of the late Robert Hunter, Douglas Pimlott and Eric Krause.   

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

Wednesday April 16 (1:00-3:30 pm): School of the Environment Research Day (free registration).  Join us as we celebrate Earth Day and hear about some of the research conducted by faculty and graduate students of the School of the Environment.  The program will include four research talks, followed by a presentation of graduate students' awards and refreshments. Location: Faculty Club, second floor, 41 Willcocks St.  Click above for program schedule, abstracts and bios, and free registration.

Monday May 26, 2014 (10 am – 12 pm): Green Bonds: Mobilizing Long-term Climate Change Capital (Eventbrite registration).  As part of the first annual Responsible Investment Week, the School of the Environment’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee has organized a panel discussion on the risks and opportunities for Green Bonds.  Panelists include representatives from TD Bank, Bennett Jones LLP, Export Development Canada, a renewable energy business and the Ontario government.

April - June 2014:  One and two-day Professional certificate courses will be delivered by the School of the Environment’s Professional Development Program in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.  Please check website for dates and further information.