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The Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change (EUC)

Changemakers for a Just and Sustainable Future

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. 

As a community, we believe that making positive change requires bold and diverse thinking, ambitious action, and community engagement. We are research intensive, student centric, 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!

Why Study with Environmental & Urban Change at York University?

We are focused on ensuring our students receive a high quality education in our programs, providing knowledge, skills and training to support their future endeavors. We offer students a unique learning experience a supportive and inclusive learning environment that is focused on bringing hands-on experiences and opportunities to interact with employers and community partners into all of our courses.

As the smallest Faculty in the 4th largest University in Canada, we offer exclusive career development services, financial assistance & scholarships and one-on-one advising for all EUC students. 


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Our Programs

We empower, educate and train future changemakers through innovative and hands-on programs for graduate and undergraduate study. Our new programs will empower students with fundamental knowledge, critical thinking skills, hands-on experience, and global perspective to become problem solvers, policymakers, planners, and leaders. 


Our People

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. Our professional and supportive administrative staff offer students, alumni and community partners unique and dynamic opportunities to learn and to collaborate for positive change.


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EUC Impact Report 2022-2023

We are proud to share with you our inaugural EUC IMPACT REPORT that demonstrates the substantive and meaningful impact we have achieved in our first three years. We are empowering change through our academic programs, research excellence, and engagement activities.


Building Iconic Communities: Exploring the Vision of Landmark Urban Condominiums

Above: Attendees at the Walking Tour hosted by the MES York Planning Alumni Committee (MYPAC) Students and alumni from York University's Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) engaged in a hands-on educational experience, exploring Toronto's Dr. Lillian McGregor Park.

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MES Planning students had an opportunity for innovative experiential education during the first in-person Planning Case Competition, held this spring

On Friday, April 21, 2023, groups of students pursuing their Master’s in Environmental Studies (MES) Planning competed in the annual MES @ York Planning Alumni Committee (MYPAC) Case Competition. Meeting for the first time in-person since the onset of the

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The Maloca Community Garden

Cleaning up Maloca Community Garden

Located on York University’s Keele campus, the Maloca Community Garden features about 2,000 square feet devoted to both individual and communal plots for growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers according to the principles of organic agriculture. Two volunteers at Maloca

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Land use/land cover dynamics and land surface temperature in the Humber River Catchment

by Jasper Wong Jasper Wong The Humber River Catchment (HRC) is an essential area within Lake Ontario’s basin. Covering 900 km^2, it houses over 850,000 residents and stands as the largest area overseen by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

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Tracking catastrophic drainage due to permafrost thaw in a small lake of the western Canadian Arctic using sediment records

Rachel Pellegrino by Rachel Pellegrino Global temperatures are rapidly increasing, with high-latitude regions like the Arctic warming four times faster than the global average. This phenomenon, called Arctic amplification, leads to various environmental changes including permafrost thaw. Permafrost is defined

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Bioindicators of legacy arsenic ecotoxicity in Yellowknife lakes impacted by historic gold mining operations

Altrisha Rodrigues by Altrisha Rodrigues In the early 1950s, the City of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories was the site of a booming gold mining industry. Giant Mine, located 5 km north of the city, produced thousands of ounces of

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Alumni Spotlights

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BES ‘20

Adeye Adane

Social Support Worker Centre, 454 - A Ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa

“Take advantage of Student Counselling, Health & Well-being services. There are many resources available to students, ask questions and advocate for yourself, because there are staff and faculty who will help you along the way.”

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Michael John Long sitting on a chair near a lake.

MES ‘08

Michael John Long

Contract Faculty Professor, George Brown College

"EUC allows for the ability to explore and amalgamate interests in a way that leads to personalized and inspired careers, and does so among a community of people that makes it feel like a home. So, lean into that freedom and those connections."

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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, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, 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