Environment, Sustainability and Society Program

Follow your passion. Change the world while you're at it.

First and second year components of the ESS (Environment, Sustainability and Society) program are integrated, multidisciplinary and team-taught by faculty members across all seven Dalhousie faculties.  ESS classes are based on principles of academic collaboration, leading students to understand the complex real world of sustainability problems from a variety of perspectives and conceptual frameworks. Learning is hands-on and experiential, and particularly in the final year of the program, students leave the classroom for field work, community engagement and work experience.

Since ESS classes form part of a double major within a broad range of Bachelor's degrees, students bring an ESS perspective to their studies in another academic discipline, and offer their growing disciplinary expertise to collaborations within ESS classes.

Graduates of this program combine the strength of disciplinary learning in their chosen area with a deep understanding of the complexity of sustainability issues. They are well qualified to make a unique and substantial contribution in any field and are prepared for future professional or graduate training.

ESS students understand the historic and current context for environmental decision-making and the role of individuals, and public and private institutions in responding to key issues of environmental, social and financial sustainability.