Laurel smiles at the camera. She has a light skin tone and long, dark brown hair.

Laurel Schut (she/her) began teaching at the College of Sustainability in 2019. She currently teaches Introductory Conflict Management for Sustainability (SUST/MGMT 2105), Food Systems & Sustainability (SUST 3101) and Environmental Decision Making (SUST 3000), as well as two Nova Scotia-based sustainability field courses (SUST 3301 & SUST/AGRI 3302). Presently, she is the College's Interim Associate Director for the Winter and Spring/Summer terms of the 2023-24 academic year.

As a self-described "multipotentialite," Laurel has interests and passions in many different fields. The College of Sustainability not only allows for this but celebrates diverse knowledge and passions as a necessity to innovative problem-solving and positive change. One of her goals as an Instructor is to actively model and support multipotentiality as a welcome and desirable trait for connecting ideas together in creative ways. She also tries to live her core values of authenticity, connection, and making a difference on a daily basis.

In addition to her teaching, part of Laurel’s role at the College includes the stewardship of curriculum development opportunities. This includes collaborating with faculty, staff, and students on the development of new experiential learning opportunities; the mapping of the College’s curriculum to ensure that course content is holistic and well structured; and the creation of initiatives aimed at fostering student learning. In 2023, Laurel began a Faculty Associate position with Dalhousie’s Centre for Learning and Teaching, where her work focuses on the connections (and tensions) between faculty well-being and teaching effectiveness.

Outside of academia, Laurel is active within the community as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of FOUND Forgotten Food, Nova Scotia’s first food waste organization dedicated to redistributing "forgotten" produce from local farmers and producers to community organizations in need. Since FOUND began in 2016, it has garnered both provincial and national media attention and has been nominated for several awards. Laurel is also a Director of the Board for Divert NS, a not-for-profit corporation championing recycling in Nova Scotia.

Laurel stands outdoors on a sunny hillside, her arms outstretched to either side of her, with the sea visible in the distance.As a parallel passion, Laurel has over a decade of experience as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), Certified Fitness Instructor, and Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance. This type of teaching has served her well "off the mat" as a post-secondary instructor in very transferrable ways: providing clear, effective, and individualized instruction; creating a safe and welcoming environment; providing gentle encouragement to approach tasks that can be challenging; prioritizing rest; and encouraging self-study and introspection as a necessary component to fostering healthy relationships with others (a key piece of sustainability).