Stories about people making the change they want to see in the world.


Dr. Martin explains that the health outcomes of Indigenous populations are far worse than their non-Indigenous counterparts. This can be linked to many different factors, but include historical lack of access to health care, colonial policies and racism in the health-care system. She believes that building capacity for health research through mentorship is a key measure in addressing these systemic issues, and improving the health outcomes of indigenous peoples in the future.

Read the full story here.  


ESS Faculty Profile: Glen Lesins

We’d like to introduce you all to Glen Lesins, an instructor here in the College. Did you know that Glen enjoys astral photography? Learn more about Glen by reading his profile on our website! Click here to read the full story.


ESS ALUM and CAPSTONE TA: Alexa Goodman

Alexa Goodman, an ESS Alumna and Capstone TA, recently attended Sustainable Ocean Alliance's Annual 'Our Ocean' Conference and Youth Leadership Summit in Bali, Indonesia. Alexa had the opportunity to connect and learn from 200 other youth delegates, government members, NGOs, and industry members from 65 countries. As part of the Summit, youth delegates were required to give a 60-second pitch for their ocean projects and Alexa's ghost gear project came first! If you would like to learn more about her work or become an ocean leader, follow Alexa on social media @lexgoodman on Twitter and Instagram, or send her an email at

Community Launches On-line Asset Map Port Mouton Bay: The 'Story' of our community, our assets and climate change challenges

ESS Alum Lydia Ross reports...

The community volunteer group Friends of Port Mouton Bay (FPMB) and OceanCanada, a national research organization working to address Canada’s most pressing coastal issues, have launched the Port Mouton Bay Asset Map. This is a major milestone for FPMB as part of the OceanCanada Partnership (OCP), a 6-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) initiative (2014-2020).

The Port Mouton Bay Asset Map is available at:


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Listen to Steve Mannell, Director of the College of Sustainability, discuss his new book, Living Lightly on the Earth, Building an Ark for Prince Edward Island, 1974-1976 with Karen Mair on CBC Mainstreet PEI.


Ecology Action Centre

The Ecology Action Centre was formed in 1971, the Ecology Action Centre has been working at the local, regional, national and more recently, international level to build a healthier and more sustainable world.

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Passing of Dr. Murdena Marshall

This day, October 22, 2018 marks the passing of Dr. Murdena Marshall of Eskasoni, Unimaqi. Dr. Marshall was a Knowledge Keeper, counsellor, teacher, and a crusader for restorative justice to the Mi’kmaq Nation, to indigenous people across Canada and internationally, as well as to immigrants to Mi’kmaqi. Murdena was a guest lecturer and advisor to many professors in several departments at Dalhousie University. She and her husband Dr. Albert Marshall have hosted and taught many generations of students at their home in Eskasoni.   We join with her husband, Albert, her family and her community in mourning her loss, in celebrating her life, and in recognising her great contributions to our University and to Canadian society.


ESS Student Profile: Sophie Boardman

has just finished her second year at the College of Sustainability and is pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree with double majors in Environmental Science (ENVS) and Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS). Want to read more about what Sophie is up to? Read more here.


Nico Sparks discusses being a part of Dal's IB&M program

"We asked Schulich School of Law graduate Nico Jones of Upper Hammonds Plains to share insights into the important role that Dal's Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative played during his time at the Schulich School of Law."

"A highlight of my time at law school happened earlier this year, when Professor Michelle Williams asked me to emcee an event at Halifax Central Library honouring Judge Corrine Sparks and other African Nova Scotian judges. It was a little nerve-wracking, as I had never spoken in front of over 300 people, but it was a great experience to see where a career in law can take you."

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Source: Andrew Church - Dal News

Indigenous law professors named among the top 25 influential lawyers

Dr. John Borrows was named in the Changemakers category and Professor Naiomi Metallic was named by the magazine in the Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal Law category.

Read the whole Wind Speaker story here.


SRES Grad Profile : Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson has always been connected to the ocean. The Pacific was his backyard growing up in Campbell River on Vancouver Island. But it wasn’t until he completed a minor in ocean science at the University of Victoria that the ocean became central to his future.

Click here to read his full story here.


Nova Scotia Farmer focuses on making clothes close to home

Patricia Bishop and the team at Taproot Farms is working on 'growing their own clothes'.

“There will be clothing made from the fibres we’ve grown here on the farm and processed, sewn and weaved right here in the Valley,” says Patricia Bishop, who owns the farm with her husband, Josh Oulton. “We want to be able to provide people not only with fruit and eggs and meat, but also with tea towels and sheets and clothing from the farm.”

Read the full story here.  

Source: The Chronical Herald

Jeff Dahn and Tesla

At his Dalhousie lab in collaboration with Tesla, physicist Jeff Dahn leads a team of 20 researching the challenges of prolonging the life and lowering the costs of lithium-ion batteries.


ESS Alumni starts her own business in Halifax

Kate Pepler graduate from the College in 2016 and has been busy ever since. She's currently in the process of starting her own company called The Tare Shop, which aims to be Halifax's first zero-waste cafe and bulk store.