Studying Sustainability

All things academic and research.


Are you interested in studying Sustainability at Dal?

What is Sustainability?
How do I study Sustainability?
What is the ESS Program?
Check out our quick 5-minute video here to learn more.


MOOC Course: Greening the Economy - Sustainable Cities

MOOC's are Massive Open Online Courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.

This course will explore sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. Sustainable urban transformation refers to structural transformation processes – multi-dimensional and radical change – that can effectively direct urban development towards ambitious sustainability and climate goals.

Read the full couse information here.



Certificate in Sustainable Development - DAL AC

This certificate program is designed for senior undergraduate university students or graduate students who are interested in the research and practices in sustainable development.

Click here for more information.

School for Resource and Environmental Studies - Research Gate list of publications

Are you interested in the School of Resource Management (SRES)? You can check out their list of recent publications here.


ESS Honours Thesis Poster: Anika Riopel

Anika Riopel's Honours Thesis is titled "Jumping In: Examining Public Perceptions of Urban Swimming in Halifax Habour." It examines Halifax's potential for an urban swimming location along the Halifax Waterfront with input from the public. See the full-scale poster - [PDF - 22.6mb]


ESS Honours Project : Zoe Beynon-MacKinnon

Partial Abstract:
"Memes have become a common component of the Internet and social media. Yet the origin and movement of memes – not to mention the impact that they have on politics – is relatively unknown. In an attempt to address this gap in the literature, this research traced 188 political memes from popular Facebook pages to their digital origin....."

Read Zoe's thesis "Meme Mapping: Understanding Online Social Networks"

Fall 2018 ESS Lecture Series

ESS Lecture Series 2018

Please join us for our weekly ESS Lecture Series. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday nights in Ondaatje Hall, 6135 University Avenue, Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences building.
All welcome. Free of charge. Limited seating -- please arrive early.

Please click the image for full schedule for Fall 2018.


Looking for Future Studies in Sustainability?

Are you curious about what Canadian institutions offer graduate studies in fields related to sustainability? Or perhaps you would like to take your studies to the US or the international stage? Click here to see our full listing of National and International Graduate Studies in Sustainability.


OACC releases first nation-wide publication from the Organic Science Cluster

The Organic Federation of Canada and the Organic Agriculture Center of Canada at Dalhousie University are happy to present Organic Science Canada, a magazine that describes in everyday language the 37 research activities performed under the Organic Science Cluster II.

Click here to read the magazine. - [PDF - 4.8mB]


3 Minute Thesis Winner - Kristal Ambrose

Kristal Ambrose is a Masters of Marine Management student, whose research looks at how plastic waste impacts her home country of the Bahamas. She won first place in the judged competition, netting a $2,000 scholarship and trip to the Eastern Regional 3MT competition at McGill University on April 18. She also took home a $500 scholarship for winning the people’s choice award, as voted on by a capacity crowd of 260 people at the Student Union Building’s McInnes Room.

Watch the full video and read the story here.  


SOSA 3052 - Indigenous Social Health and Environmental Issues

This course offers an interdisciplinary overview of contemporary social, health, and environmental issues impacting Canada's Indigenous Peoples.

See full course listing here.  


Follow the College of Sustainability on social media!

Would you like to learn more about the College of Sustainability? Check out the links below to follow us on our various platforms.






Andrew Medeiros concerned over water shortage issue in Iqaluit

Andrew Mederios, a newly dual-appointed faculty member to the College of Sustainability and SRES, recently talked to CBC about concerns of water shortages in Iqaluit.

"This year, Iqaluit has seen the highest drinking water demands on record. The Nunavut Brewing Company has been asking the city for permission to haul additional sewage and water. Andrew Medeiros, a freshwater researcher currently with Dalhousie University, told the city in 2015 that it could face a shortage."

Click here to read the full CBC article here.