Program snapshot

Top 10 reasons to study ESS at Dalhousie:

  1. Take the lead: Help solve complex global challenges—like water and energy security, climate change, environmental degradation, and increasing urbanization.
  2. Experiential learning: The College of Sustainability offers one of the world’s top 25 good practices in sustainability education, as designated in 2009 by the United Nations.
  3. Dynamic team-taught lectures: Profs and other experts from diverse disciplines—business, the arts, social science, health, design—help you see many sides of the same issue.
  4. Join communities, on campus and off: Read the Sustainability News Blog for the latest postings about events on campus and jobs and internship opportunities in Halifax and beyond.
  5. Green space: The College of Sustainability is located in the Mona Campbell Building—one of the greenest buildings on the Dal campus.
  6. Lectures, films, and more: Our Thursday lecture series will engage you in sustainability-related issues.
  7. Learn skills you can take to the workplace: The ESS program’s interdisciplinary approach prepares you for work in public service, industry, not-for-profit, and the private sector.
  8. Become an agent for positive change: Participate in on- or off-campus internships and get hands-on experience dealing with sustainability issues.
  9. Live and learn with like-minded students in an environmentally conscious residence community.
  10. Attend the Green Jobs Fair: Find out which careers involve sustainability issues.

What will I learn?

Learn about sustainability problems and how to solve them in the ESS program

Explore links between environmental issues and poverty, globalization, consumption, and urbanization. Develop skills in environmental decision-making. Gain hands-on experience through internships, group work, and community projects.

What can I do?

Preparing you for a career in sustainability

Your studies in ESS can help you on your way to a rewarding career in a number of exciting fields. Find out about Dr. Claire Campbell’s career path—and how she ended up teaching at Dal with a cross-appointment in ESS, Canadian Studies, and History.