Transdisciplinary scholarship (working across academic disciplines and in partnership with the non-academic world) is much praised but less often practiced. By bringing together scholars from many disciplines, enthusiastic and passionate students, and the wider community beyond the University, the School of the Environment is well placed to contribute to understanding and improving the complex relationships between humans and the environment in which we live.
Our vision for the School of the Environment is to foster positive change for a sustainable future through transdisciplinary research, teaching, and collaboration.
The mission of the School of the Environment is to serve as an interdisciplinary hub for education and scholarship on the environment and sustainability, creating new knowledge, training future leaders, engaging and forging partnerships with the wider community, and contributing to positive environmental and social change from the local to the global scale.
The School is growing. Since it was established in 2012, we have recruited outstanding new faculty from across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences; introduced new undergraduate programs and courses; quadrupled the enrollment in our graduate Collaborative Specializations; established new scholarships for our students; launched a new annual symposium on the environment; offered high-quality in-class and distance courses through our Professional Development Program; and partnered with external partners on a variety of initiatives.
Our success is due to the untiring efforts of our faculty, sessional lecturers, staff, and students and the vital support of our alumni, donors, and those with more informal connections. I look forward to further exciting developments as we work towards the sustainability transition.
Professor Steve Easterbrook, Director, School of the Environment, University of Toronto