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EUC at a Glance


  • 12,000 alumni in 87 countries worldwide
  • 750 undergraduate students
  • 375 graduate students
  • 54 Faculty spanning the sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts
  • 28 student service and administrative staff members

  • 2 Campuses: Toronto and Costa Rica
  • $15M in annual research funding
  • 100% of our courses include in the classroom, in the community or in the workplace student learning experiences
  • 100+ York U and global community partners
  • 80+ employers actively hiring our students

  • 5 new undergraduate programs
  • 4 dual credentials with Ontario Colleges
  • 5 graduate programs
  • 3 graduate diplomas
  • 2 doctoral programs

Welcome from the Dean

Dean Alice J. Hovorka

Welcome to York University’s new Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change!

As a community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and collaborators, we are united in a call to action responding to some of the most pressing challenges facing people and the planet. We believe that transitions to a sustainable and just future require our urgent and collective attention.

Humanity is witnessing the consequences of environmental degradation and social inequities in stark and devastating ways. The climate crisis has plunged us into an era of unprecedented environmental change: rising average temperatures, extreme weather events, melting ice sheets, freshwater shortages, air pollution. Nature’s capacity to provide food, water and security to the population is rapidly eroding. And we are experiencing a global pandemic borne of habitat depletion, unsustainable livestock production and intensified disease transmission from animals to humans. Many of these challenges take root in built landscapes; cities and their hinterlands expose socio-environmental inequities among us expressed as poverty, illness, homelessness, anti-Black racism and gender-based violence.

As a Faculty committed to change, we bring forth bold and diverse thinking, ambitious action and creative solutions to benefit everyone in response to these pressing challenges. Our Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change boasts world-class faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and scientific research of understanding of natural, built, and social spaces and dynamics. We are producing cutting-edge research in areas of earth surface science, climatology, biological conservation, environmental policy and planning, ecological economics, critical urban studies, housing, sustainable energy, animal studies, environmental philosophy, cultural production and performance, and more! Core to our academic mission is mobilizing this knowledge, through our classrooms, collaborations with key stakeholders, and dialogues and decision-making processes, to effect positive change.

Our Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change is especially inspired by and committed to students. We are empowering students with fundamental knowledge, critical thinking skills, hands-on experience and global perspectives throughout our program offerings. Undergraduate students can choose majors in Environmental Arts and Justice, Environmental Science, Global Geography, Sustainable Environmental Management or Urban Studies – they can also mix and match these options through minors or certificates according to their passions and interests. Our programs highlight career readiness as a means through which students can realize their potential as changemakers in the workforce as problem solvers, policymakers, planners and leaders. Graduate students thrive in our degrees in both Environmental Studies and Geography. We offer a supportive and inclusive community in advanced studies of environmental and urban change. And we offer all of this within the robust local context of the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada, as well as, global study and research opportunities, including those at our Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica.

So join us as we enter into our inaugural year of York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. We look forward to engaging with you and learning about your passions and actions that are changing the world for the better. We look forward to working together for more a sustainable and just future.

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Dean & Professor (416)736-2100 x 55284 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 139J
Associate Dean Research, Graduate and Global Affairs & Professor (416)736-2100 x 66199 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N418A
Associate Dean Teaching and Learning & Professor (416)736-2100 x 20742 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 285
Executive Officer (416)736-2100 x 33253 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 139A
Budget & Administrative Assistant (416)736-2100 x 22642 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 139F
Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 139B
Administrative Assistant (416)736-2100 x 22490 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N419
Project Manager Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 139B
Experiential Education Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 22615 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 112
Alumni & Events Officer (416)736-2100 x 44633 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 120
Senior Development Officer (416)736-2100 x 58013 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 116
Recruitment and Liaison Officer (416)736-2100 x 22671 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 132
Executive Assistant to the Dean (416)736-2100 x 55284 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 139G
Strategic Enrolment & Communications Officer (416)736-2100 x 22107 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 131
Media/Communications Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 33285 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 130
Research Officer (416)736-2100 x 22643 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 117
Facilities and Support Services Assistant (416)736-2100 x 22639 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 127
Reception and Admissions/Enrolment Assistant (416)736-2100 x 22641 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 129A
Administrative Assistant, Faculty Governance (416)736-2100 x 22640 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 126
Professor; Graduate Program Director (Geography) (416)736-2100 x 22448 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S409
Associate Professor; Environmental Science Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 55107 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N407
Professor; Global Geography Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 33689 (Voicemail) Kaneff Tower, 849
Associate Professor; Geography Legacy Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 22436 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N403
Professor; PhD Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 70178 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 251
Associate Professor; MES/JD Coorsdinator (416)736-5721 (Voicemail) Kaneff Tower, 4015
Assistant Professor; Teaching Stream & Environ Sustainability Ed Coord (416)736-2100 x 22627 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 238
Assistant Professor; Planning Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 22109 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 226
Assistant Professor; Sustainable Enviromental Management Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 22626 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 272
Professor; Urban Studies Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 22604 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 213
Associate Professor; MES Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 22628 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 263D
Professor; Environmental Arts & Justice Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 20728 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 139C
Professor; Undergraduate Program Director (416)736-2100 x 44564 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 269
Associate Professor; Business and Environment Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 33033 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 220
Professor; Graduate Program Director (Environmental Studies) (416)736-2100 x 40055 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 210
Adjunct Professor (2004 to 2021) Ross Building, N430
Adjunct Professor (2008 to 2024) Ross Building, N430
Adjunct Professor (2013 to 2021) Ross Building, N430
Adjunct Professor (2019 to 2022) Ross Building, N430
Adjunct Faculty (March 2019 to March 2022) (416)736-2100 x 22610 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 244A
Adjunct Faculty (Oct 2018 to Oct 2021) (416)736-2100 x 22610 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 244A
Adjunct Faculty (May 2018 to May 2023) (902)494-6355 , N/A
Adjunct Faculty (Feb 2018 to Dec 2022) (416)736-2100 x 22610 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 244A
Adjunct Faculty (Sept 2017 to October 2022) (416)736-2100 x 22610 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 244A
Adjunct Faculty (Oct 2016 to Oct 2022) (416)736-2100 x 22610 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 244A
Adjunct Faculty (Aug 2015 to July 2021) (416)736-2100 x 22610 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 244A
Adjunct Faculty (Nov 2018 to Nov 2021) (416)736-2100 x 22610 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 244A
Adjunct Faculty (July 2016 to on going (416)736-2100 x 44022 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 261B
Adjunct Faculty (July 2016 to Sept 2022) (416)736-2100 x 20478 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 242
Contract Faculty Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Contract Faculty Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Contract Faculty Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Contract Faculty Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Contract Faculty Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Contract Faculty Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Contract Faculty Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Contract Faculty Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Contract Faculty Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Contract Faculty (416)736-2100 x 55107 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S404D
Contract Faculty (416)736-2100 x 22419 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N413
Contract Faculty (416)736-2100 x 22454 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N412
Contract Faculty Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Contract Faculty (416)736-2100 x 34447 (Voicemail) Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, 2150
Associate Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Associate Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Professor Emeritus; Professor Emeritus in Enviro Studies (416)736-2100 x 22606 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 212
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 22606 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 212
Associate Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 22606 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 212
Associate Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Professor Emeritus; in Enviro Studies & Senior Scholar Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Professor Emeritus Ross Building, N430
Professor Emeritus Ross Building, N430
Professor Emeritus Ross Building, N430
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Ross Building, N430
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Ross Building, N430
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Ross Building, N430
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Ross Building, N430
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 33647 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S414G
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 55107 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N430
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 33648 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S404C
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 33648 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N404C
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 33647 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S414G
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 55107 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N430
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 55107 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N430
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 33647 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S414H
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 33647 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S414H
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 33647 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S414H
Associate Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Professor Emeritus (416)736-2100 x 22620 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 282
Professor Emeritus; Enviro Studies & Senior Schohlar Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Assistant Professor Emeritus Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar , N/A
Professor Emeritus (416)736-2100 x 22606 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 212
Professor Emeritus Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Professor Emeritus Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Professor Emeritus (416)736-2100 x 22606 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 212
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 22606 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 212
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 22606 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 212
Professor Emeritus Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, N/A
Associate Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 212
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 20306 (Voicemail) Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, 5063
Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar (416)736-2100 x 22614 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 211
Professor (416)736-2100 x 40368 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 267
Professor (416)736-2100 x 22632 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 246
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 22618 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 236
Professor (on Sabbatical) Kaneff Tower, 701
Associate Professor (on sabbatical) Kaneff Tower, 815
Assistant Professor (416)736-2100 x 20509 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S776
Sessional Assistant Professor (416)736-2100 x 22002 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S406
Professor (416)736-2100 x 22371 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N415
Professor (on Sabbatical) (416)736-2100 x 66191 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N405
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 55107 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N425
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 22496 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N430
Professor (416)736-2100 x 22421 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N427
Professor (416)736-2100 x 66344 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N413A
Associate Professor (on leave) (416)736-2100 x 55107 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N430
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 20511 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S408
Professor (416)736-2100 x 22450 (Voicemail) Ross Building, S411
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 30126 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N411
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 22561 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N408
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 66192 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N422
Associate Professor (on Sabbatical) (416)736-2100 x 22116 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 229
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 22622 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 209
Professor (416)736-2100 x 77984 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 224
Professor (416)736-2100 x 22617 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 275
Professor (416)736-2100 x 22630 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 139D
Assistant Professor (416)736-2100 x 77446 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 284
Associate Professor & CRC Indigenous Environmental Justice (416)736-2100 x 55184 (Voicemail) Osgoode Hall Law School, 4030 IKB
Professor (416)736-2100 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 239
Assistant Professor (416)736-2100 x 22102 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 270
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 40369 (Voicemail) Kaneff Tower, 728
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 22623 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 263C
Professor; Chair of Neotropical Conservation (on sabbtical) (416)736-2100 x 22226 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 286
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 22621 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 271
Associate Professor Interim Director, Las Nubes Project (416)736-2100 x 44213 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 215
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 22695 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 261C
Professor (on Sabbatical) (416)736-2100 x 21078 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 261A
Associate Professor (on Leave) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, ____
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 22629 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 280
Professor (on leave) (416)736-2100 x 44036 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 225
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 22106 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 278
Associate Professor (416)736-2100 x 22619 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 245
Professor (416)736-2100 x 22613 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 279
Professor (416)736-2100 x 22634 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 214
Postdoctotal Fellow (March 2020 to February 2021) Ross Building, S413
Postdoctotal Fellow (July 2019 to July 2021) Ross Building, S412
Postdoctoral Fellow Jan 2020 to Dec 2022 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 244
Postdoctoral Fellow Oct 2019 to Oct 2020 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 244
Postdoctoral Fellow Oct 2018 to Sept 2020 Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, 2150
Postdoctoral Fellow July 2019 - June 2021 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 218
Visiting Scholar March 2019 to March 2022 (416)736-2100 x 22609 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 232
Visiting Scholar Sept 2018 to Sept 2021 (416)736-2100 x 22609 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 232
Visiting Scholar (IVRT) May 2019 to April 2021 (416)736-2100 x 22609 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 232
I.T. Help Desk (416)736-2100 x 66454 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 256
Laboratory Technician/Field Course Support (416)736-2100 x 33784 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N305
Biogeochemistry Lab Technician (Lumbers Lab) (416)736-2100 x 22418 (Voicemail) Lumbers Building, 105
Computer Laboratory Technician (GIS/RS) (416)736-2100 x 20290 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N302B
Coordinator, Technical Support & Applications (416)736-2100 x 33008 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 255
Computer Support Technician (416)736-2100 x 66454 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 256
Director, Office of Student &Academic Services (416)736-2100 x 66453 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137C
OSAS Enquiries (416)736-5252 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Administrative and Records Assistant - Undergraduate Program (416)736-2100 x 30397 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Graduate Program Assistant (416)736-2100 x 55106 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N431
Undergraduate Program Secretary (416)736-2100 x 55107 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N430
Undergraduate Program Assistant (416)736-2100 x 22460 (Voicemail) Ross Building, N430
Faculty and Program Assistant (416)736-2100 x 33012 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
OSAS Assistant (416)736-2100 x 66455 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Faculty and Program Assistant (416)736-2100 x 40366 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Student Success Coordinator (416)736-2100 x 33510 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 134
Writing Tutor (416)736-2100 x 55252 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 203
Graduate Program Assistant (416)736-2100 x 22602 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Research Associate, (June 2019 to March 2021) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 287
Social Exergy & Energy Lab website is cehoicka.lab.yorku.ca Kaneff Tower, 7TH FLOOR
Dr. Sheila Colla's Research Lab (416)736-2100 x 22044 Lumbers Building, 219
Dr. Ute Lehrer's Research Office (416)736-5252 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 243
Dr. Sarah Flicker's Research Office (416)736-2100 x 40365 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 244
Dr. Martin Bunch's Research (416)736-2100 x 20100 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 202
Listserv Postmaster (416)736-2100 x 55252 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Women & Environment's Magazine Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 234
Wild Garden Media Centre (416)736-2100 x 30533 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 273
Sustainable Energy Initiative Office (SEI) (416)736-2100 x 44035 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 261B
PlanIT Conference Office (416)736-2100 x 22631 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 263A
Dean's Conference Room (416)736-2100 x 22659 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 138
Crossroads (416)736-5252 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 283
Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (416)736-2100 x 55252 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 243A
Accessibility-Community-Equity (ACE) (416)736-2100 x 22105 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 114
Maloca Community Garden (416)736-2100 x 55252 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 136C
UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies (416)736-2100 x 55252 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 277
Regenesis (866)326-0009 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 111
PhD Environmental Studies Students Association (416)736-2100 x 33291 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 265B
Las Nubes Student Association (416)736-2100 x 55252 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 276
Graduate Environmental Studies Students' Association (416)736-2100 x 20629 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 136B
Bachelor of Environmental Studies Students Association (416)736-2100 x 30398 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 139A
Research Associate, (Sept 2020 to August 2021) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Research Assistant, (Sept 2020 to Aug 2021) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Research Associate, (Sept 2020 to April 2021) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 137
Research Associate, Las Nubes Project (416)736-2100 x 22226 (Voicemail) Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, 286

    Study with EUC

    We offer 17 dynamic programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Our programs will prepare you with the fundamental knowledge, critical thinking skills, hands-on experience and global perspective necessary to achieve long-term success and make positive change.

    Facilities for Research and Experiential Learning

    The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change offers the tools and workspaces you’ll need to seek sustainable and just solutions to the environmental change and urbanization challenges of our time. Computer labs and research spaces offer highly specialized technology and a full range of field and lab equipment to support your learning. Off-campus projects such as our Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica offer global perspectives and study opportunities.

    Las Nubes is a project of the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University and supported
    by the Fisher Fund for Neotropical Conservation. The Las Nubes EcoCampus supports the protection of the
    biological, ecological and social values of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve and adjacent area in
    southern Costa Rica.

    The Maloca Community Garden is a space for all members of the University community to experience, from
    growing their own food to holding special outdoor events to enjoying a great setting for sustainable
    teaching. The garden also supports individuals who lack access to land, are hoping to build skills and
    knowledge in gardening, or want to raise awareness of food security or simply develop community
    connections.

    Three computer labs are available exclusively for the use of the EUC community. File Access Service (FAS) is required. These labs are in the HNES building.

    EUC students, staff and faculty, and non-EUC students enrolled in EUC courses are given access. Labs are primarily used for teaching and are only available for drop-in use during non-teaching periods. At all times, priority is for students working on course-related projects.

    NOTE: EUC computer labs will not be available during holidays and University closures (see Important dates).

    RoomTypeMax Capacity
    Geomatics (GIS) Lab – 249 HNESComputer Lab26
    PC Lab – 253 HNESComputer Lab34
    PC Lab – 258 HNESComputer Lab39

    Computer Lab Hours

    • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Summer hours may vary).

    This facility provides access to machines used in high end computing applications such as remote sensing, GIS and analytical modeling for York Geography faculty, and graduate students. The laboratory houses 14 workstations with access to a wide array of advanced analytical software. Also available are a colour plotter, colour and black and white laser printers, and a digital scanner. Geomatics or GISPC server accounts are required in order to access the workstations in this facility. Located on the York University Keele Campus in the Computer Science Building 0018

    Environmental sensors are available to measure boundary layer and subsurface flow of energy, water and the radiative transfer of energy at the earth’s surface. Located on the York University Keele Campus, Ross Building S405.

    Professor T. Dreszner's research lab. Located on the York University Keele Campus in Ross Building S407B.

    This laboratory is used to demonstrate field and laboratory principles. Located on the York University Keele Campus in the Ross Building N120.

    This space is utilized by Geography faculty and graduate students to fulfill basic computing requirements. Access to computer workstations running Windows and Microsoft XP, as well as a digital scanner, is provided. Users must have a YorkArts server account managed by the Academic Technology Support Group in order to use the machines in this facility. Located on the York University Keele Campus, Ross Building N409

    This workspace is available for all graduate students and faculty involved in field work and can be used for construction and organization of field equipment. The lab provides ready access to Curtis Lecture Hall elevators and the Scott Library loading docks. Located on the York University Keele Campus, Curtis Lecture Hall 003.

    The fluvial geomorphology lab (or Flume Laboratory) is centred around an 8 metre long, open-channel, tilting hydraulic flume, used to model water movement through a range of channel types. Water depth, channel slope, and water velocity can all be manipulated accurately to establish precise flow characteristics for study. The flume laboratory includes an Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter on a sled that can be used for accurate water velocity measurement in all three (x,y,z) directions at any point along the channel’s length, width, or depth. The flume can be used to visualize and study fluid dynamics with and without sediments present in the channel. A range of sediments from fine sand to cobble are available to model bedforms and sediment transport in the laboratory.  The fluvial geomorphology lab is also used for undergraduate teaching, as a critical component of GEOG4600 Rivers: Environment and Process experiential education laboratories, and for demonstration in GEOG2600 Geomorphology I. Located on the York University Keele Campus, Central Square 001.

    Located on the York University Keele Campus, Ross Building S407B

    The Geoinformatics Teaching Laboratory provides space for GIS, Remote sensing and statistical related instruction in the Faculty. Thirty PC workstations are available with access to a full range of Geographic software, including statistics, GIS, Remote Sensing, as well as the standard suite of key software packages running under Windows 10. The laboratory also houses a digitizing table, a scanner and both colour and black and white laser printers. Access to the laboratory is provided through a FAS account for students enrolled in related York Geography courses. This space is also used for tutorial sessions led by teaching assistants.

    This space houses members and guests of Prof. Remmel’s research group and provides computing capacity for remote sensing, GIS, spatial analysis, and related geomatics areas. An extensive collection of field equipment is accessible from here, primarily for forestry and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) remote sensing. Ample bench and work areas allow for varied aspects of field preparation, testing, and experimentation. Additionally, the facility provides space for research talks, meetings, and project planning. Located on the York University Keele Campus, Ross Building North 301.

    Two growth chambers are available for specified temperature and light regime experiments. Located on the York University Keele Campus, Curtis Lecture Hall 004.

    The micro-climatological and hydrological laboratories are equipped for in-lab experiments, instrument calibration and the construction of field apparatus. Hydrological equipment includes soil pressure plates, potentiometric water level recorders, infiltrometer rings, current meters, snow samplers, ice augers and dataloggers. Located on the York University Keele Campus, Curtis Lecture Hall 203A.

    The Water Quality and Environmental Change Laboratory integrates ecological, biogeochemical, and paleoenvironmental approaches to study a wide range of pervasive stressors on lakes, wetlands, and streams. Research facilities are located in Lumbers 105 and Farquharson 047, under the direction of Professor Jennifer Korosi and Professor Lewis Molot. Lab facilities contain a full range of field and lab equipment for the biological and chemical analysis of water and sediment samples. This includes atomic absorption spectrophotometers, a Milestone DMA-80 Direct Mercury Analyzer, a Shimadzu Total Organic Carbon Analyzer, an Elementar UNICUBE  Micro Combustion Elemental Analyzer, and advanced light microscopy. Current projects are investigating long-term lake ecosystem change in thawing permafrost landscapes, mining impacts on Arctic and subarctic lakes, and understanding the drivers of algal blooms in Ontario lakes. The facilities in Lumbers 105 are also used to provide hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate students in our physical geography and environmental science programs, under the full-time supervision of senior technician Jackson Langat.  Located on the York University Keele Campus, Lumbers Building 105.

    Give to EUC

    We cannot make positive change without you. Student scholarships, research and academic positions are made possible by generous donors. Consider a one-time or recurring gift to amplify your commitment to EUC. For more information on how to support us, contact Amanda Stastook.