Now more than ever we understand the importance of creating a just world that sustains us all. People who belong to the most underprivileged groups are disproportionately impacted by environmental crises and intensive urbanization. York is introducing the new Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change to create a greener, healthier, and more equitable tomorrow.
Through our new faculty, researchers are revolutionizing the way we think about the natural and built world. We are bringing together physical scientists, social scientists, artists, ecologists, and humanities scholars to study the processes of environmental and social systems. We will work together to understand people’s lives and livelihoods in cities and beyond, and how injustices undermine the ability for society and nature to thrive. This faculty will act as a launchpad for changemakers to help save the planet, and we need inventive and passionate minds to join the fight.
The programs within our new faculty will empower students through fundamental knowledge, critical thinking, hands-on experience and global perspectives. Students will have opportunities to engage with our ‘living labs’, including the Ecological Footprint Initiative that produces biocapacity reports for nations around the world. Our students will help with this initiative by developing practices that inform individuals, communities, and government leaders on how to better manage limited resources, including food and fibers, forest products, lands for settlement and infrastructure, and the absorption of anthropogenic carbon emissions.
We’ve heard the voices of people around the world demanding change, and we’re taking action. Every year we become more aware of the damaging impact human behaviour has on the planet, and each other, allowing us to become more equipped to make a change for the better. With scholarly insights, technological advancements, and growth in our field of research, we are constantly discovering new and actionable solutions to improve the quality of our environment and the quality of human life.