About Us

Change. It's in your hands.

Complex global issues like water and energy security, climate change, environmental degradation touch virtually every person, every profession, everywhere. Solutions require passion, commitment and real knowledge.

At the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, we are inspiring a new generation of leaders, for whom sustainability is second nature. The College brings distinguished thinkers and problem-solvers together in a unique way to examine and take action on our most urgent global issues. The faculty in our ESS (Environment, Sustainability and Society) program are drawn from across the academic spectrum—and share one unwavering goal: to develop sustainable solutions that will preserve our planet for future generations.

Our Mission

In this century an understanding of sustainability will be critical for every person in a leadership role in every sector of society. The College of Sustainability offers the opportunity for every Dalhousie student and professor to engage meaningfully with issues of Environment, Sustainability and Society.

The College of Sustainability provides an interdisciplinary, student-focused forum for collaborative teaching and learning driven by the pressing concerns of our time.  The curriculum incorporates team teaching, problem-based and experiential learning, hands-on internship opportunities, and a public lecture series.

Four interlocking conceptual pillars structure the College:

  • an interdisciplinary undergraduate programme;
  • a suite of graduate offerings (forthcoming);
  • a common place for interdisciplinary sustainability scholarship;
  • community engagement.