York University’s new Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change has been created as a call to action to respond to the most pressing challenges facing people and the planet.
We bring together world class scientists and scholars, who are producing research on the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, intensive urbanization and how these dynamics impact the most vulnerable among us. We will offer new academic programs empowering our students as changemakers through interdisciplinary thinking, experiential learning, and global perspectives. As a community, we believe that making positive change requires bold and diverse thinking, ambitious action, and community engagement. We are inclusive and devoted to making the world a better place for all.
Join us as we strive to create a more just and sustainable future!
Our programs will empower students with fundamental knowledge, critical thinking skills, hands-on experience, and global perspective to become problem solvers, policymakers, planners, and leaders.
We recognize hands-on learning as one of the best ways for a student to deeply understand the concepts taught in our courses and we know the added growth and training these opportunities provide for your future.
Environmental Studies was fundamental!
The years I studied in Environmental Studies were fundamental to my knowledge and awareness of sustainability development theories and the process to make these policies practical while striving for a utilitarian society.
Dewayne Chambers, BES 2018
Project coordinator at Halton Region
York University’s Land Acknowledgement
We recognize that many Indigenous nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Métis. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.