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School of the Environment - University of Toronto

The School of the Environment is an Extra-Departmental Unit (EDU:B) within the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. It was established in July 2012, replacing the former Centre for Environment and building on a significant history of environmental research and teaching at the University of Toronto.  The School is located within the Earth Sciences Complex on the St. George Campus.  Its mission 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’s faculty are generally cross-appointed with other units at the University, and thus bring perspectives from multiple disciplines.  Their research activities can be grouped within four broad themes: environmental science, environmental studies, environment & health, and sustainability.

The School offers two core undergraduate programs: Environmental Science (BSc major and minor) and Environmental Studies (BA major and minor).  In addition, several undergraduate programs are offered in collaboration with other departments and programs at U of T in areas such as Environment & Health, Environmental Ethics, Environment & Toxicology, Environment & Behaviour, Environment & Energy, and more.

At the graduate level, interdisciplinary Collaborative Specializations in Environmental Studies and in Environment & Health are offered in partnership with more than twenty other units across the University.  These provide graduate students who have an interest in the environment with interdisciplinary learning that complements discipline-based study in their home units.

The School’s distance education and certificate programs provide opportunities for Professional Development, as do leading-edge workshops and seminars in areas such as environmental finance and carbon finance.

The School is also pleased to collaborate with other organizations, inside and outside the University, to offer opportunities for student engagement and collaborative research projects.

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