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Problem-based learning

Dr. Susan Tirone, the undergraduate program associate director for ESS, encourages students to work collaboratively on real-world sustainability problems in preparation for diverse career roles.



Think green, live green

ESS students show their commitment to the environment to Green Shirt Day.



Leading change

The new RBC Sustainability Leadership Certificate provides another opportunity for students - and others at Dal - to develop additional skills to lead change in the community and in their own lives.



Working together for change

In ESS courses, students from many disciplines can share ideas and plan for a sustainable future.



Trash talking: compost, recycling, or waste

A recent student-led project looked into how well materials are sorted into bins across campus.



A smaller carbon footprint on campus

The roof of the Mona Campbell Building is literally green, helping reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions.


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?

Emma Norton WhatCanIDo

Your studies in ESS can help you on your way to a rewarding career in a number of exciting fields. Find out how Emma Norton's ESS education prepared her to join the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) and help Nova Scotians increase their energy efficiency.