HIGHLIGHTS IN ACADEMICS AND RESEARCH

Expanding their specialization in sustainability research and teaching, the Department of Sustainability Sciences, Lakehead Orillia launched a Certificate in Environmental Sustainability program in May 2018. This certificate program is a five-course, completely online program for professionals and practitioners who want to enhance their skills, knowledge base, and expertise in the field of environmental sustainability. This program can be completed within one year.

“Environmental sustainability has become a very in-demand field,” says Dr. Sree Kurissery, Chair, Department of Sustainability Sciences at Lakehead Orillia. “The program prepares graduates for a diverse and growing field in both the public and private sector, where they will enjoy many opportunities to research and come up with scientifically-based solutions for environmental issues.”

Department of Sustainability Sciences also has a co-op program, a concurrent education program, as well as a combined degree/diploma program in Environmental Sustainability. 

For more information about the Certificate in Environmental Sustainability, please contact Sree Kurissery, Professor and Chair of Sustainability Sciences (skurisse@lakeheadu.ca).

FACULTY OF EDUCATION MAKES ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION COURSE REQUIRED FOR UNDERGRADUATES

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Lakehead is taking leadership in our province, as it is one of the first universities in Ontario to develop a required environmental education course. This course will be offered in 2016-2017, in the second year of the program. 

This reflects a commitment on behalf of the Faculty to educate forthcoming teachers in the area of sustainability. Arguably, this is one of most critical ways in which the university can effect real change in the area of sustainability. It is anticipated that sustainability will be, and already is, the biggest challenge that faces coming generations worldwide. Preparing teacher candidates to be competent and equipped with the skills and knowledge to teach their students in the area of environmental education will be critical to addressing this challenge.

The course description includes:

In the face of climate change, environmental degradation, and food and water insecurity, one of the key aims is to explore the interdependent relationship between human and natural systems. Inherently interdisciplinary and with diverse emphases, environmental education occurs in a variety of learning contexts and in an experiential manner. Current environmental education research, theory, policy, curriculum, and practice will be critically examined, as will constraints and possibilities for implementation in Ontario schools.