Sudbury’s Laurentian University has opened a new School of the Environment to expand on its expertise in environmental teaching and research.
Thirteen faculty members form the school’s core, and 13 more will soon be cross-appointed from other departments.
The school currently houses five existing programs: Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Études de l’environnement, Science Communication, and Archaeology. It will contribute to environmental programming offered by other departments across campus, and will collaborate with the Vale Living with Lakes Centre and other research centres, including the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC).
The school will help to consolidate and strengthen the university’s expertise and reputation in all studies related to the environment, said the school’s inaugural director, Dr. Brett Buchanan, in a release.
“This truly represents an important step and a natural progression for Laurentian University, and for Greater Sudbury,” Buchanan said.
“We are recognized worldwide for our environmental knowledge in this community, and Laurentian has a constellation of professors and researchers who are leaders in environmental studies and sciences. The school will help to showcase our unique strengths in this field, and to offer enhanced learning opportunities for our students in Sudbury and in Barrie.”
The official launch and celebration of the School of the Environment is scheduled for September 17.