The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change is a community of people engaged in making a positive, just and sustainable change in our world. Our Dean's Highlights will recognize and celebrate the monthly achievements of our community members. Share in our recognition for our outstanding scholars, inspiring students, successful alumni, dynamic staff and supportive friends.
Celebrating Black History Month: Alumni Profile on Tina Garnett
President & Principal Consultant, Providence International EDI Consulting
Most recently, Tina’s work resulted in being recognized twice in 2020 as the 2020 Woman Who Rocks Community Activism Award and 2020 John C. Holland Black Business Achievement Award. Read Tina's full profile
Professor Tarmo Remmel has been busy developing new content for his Winter courses and for the YU Experience Hub. Check out his recent video celebrating experiential education at York U. In addition, he has been nominated for a President’s Teaching Award and recently published an article “A Spatial Database of Ontario Fire and Harvesting Disturbances” in Ontario Professional Foresters Newsletter.
The Youth Climate Report, a documentary film project led by Mark Terry – explorer, award-winning filmmaker and contract faculty member and course director at York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change – has earned an Honourable Mention from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2020 Action Awards. Read Yfile here. In addition, Terry was the featured cover story in the latest edition of EDEN Magazine.
The work of PhD Candidate Susan Morrissey Wyse & Christina E. Hoicka featured in Yfile’s Brainstorm, By and for Local People: Grad Student Looks at Energy Through Justice Lens
Gail Fraser was featured in the most recent of edition of Innovatus, highlighting the impacts of her AIF grant and the impact it has on her ENVS 1500, The Web of Life: Introduction to Environmental Science course for first year YUStudents.
Fraser was also a guest on the Toronto Public Library’s Environmentalist in Residence series with MES Alumni Andres Jiminez.
Honor Ford Smith received a $20,000 research grant from the Helen Carswell Chair of Community-Engaged Research in the Arts to undertake research on “Oral histories, music and food justice” with the Regent’s Park School of Music.
Ford Smith was also appointed Associate Director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York (CERLAC) early this Fall.
MES-York Planning Alumni Committee (MYPAC) hosted its first ever Planning Case competition. 5 student teams went head to head in front of a professional judging panel, which included:
- Sabrina Colleti (MES 2002): Manager, Planning – WSP
- David MacMillan (MES 2014): Program Manager – City of Toronto
- Andria Oliveria (MES 2012): Project Manager, Transportation Planning – City of Brampton
- Anand Balram: Senior Policy Planner, Land Use Planning – City of Brampton
Congratulations to the winning team - Team 4 – P.E.D (Danielle Tivoli, Erik Retz, Liam Ryan, Paul Berkun-Drevnig)
Professor Linda Peake, has three forthcoming publications including a co-edited book “feminist urban theory for our time: rethinking social reproduction, the urban and its constitutive outside. (London: Antipode Book Series), co-authored chapter, “Tiwa’s morning”, in The Handbook of Global Urbanism: Essays on the City and its Future (London: Routledge) and another co-authored chapter “Gender” in COVID-19 and Similar Futures: Geographical Perspectives, Issues and Agenda.
The Indigenous Environmental Justice Project, led by Deborah McGregor, along with MES planning student Dali Carmichael, and MA student Kim Tran, and undergraduate student, Emilia Khaliil, have joined with the EUC Recruitment team to provide their “Listening to the Land” workshop online for high schools in the GTA.
Making with Place (MWP) is a SSHRC funded project led by EUC’s MES Phyllis Novack & PhD Charlotte Lombardo, which artfully explores the relationships in community, culture, place and public space from the perspective of youth experiencing marginality. In September, the MWP engaged in a series of place-making public installations in Toronto with the support of EUC professors Lisa Myers and Sarah Flicker and in collaboration with Sketch Working Arts.
Congrats to Prof. Mark Winfield – his research project Mobilizing Sustainable Energy Research in the age of Populism and COVID-19 has been granted a 2020-21 SSHRC Connections Grant. Winfield also presented for the York Scholar’s Hub event on September 29 with a lecture entitled “COVID-19 and the Environment: Behaviour, Policy and Implications for Sustainability”
Kudos to Prof. Martha Stiegman on receiving a 2020-21 SSHRC Connections Grant for Polishing the Chain - a knowledge mobilization project that leverages the community and arts-based research of the Indigenous-led Talking Treaties project of Jumblies Theatre & Arts (Toronto-based community arts organization) in order to instigate, amplify, and enrich public discussion of our treaty responsibilities as settler and Indigenous residents of Tkaron:to. Also, Stiegman's film, "By These Presents: "Purchasing" Toronto" screened on September 16th as part of the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival, an Indigenous arts festival in Ottawa.
Congrats to Prof. Andil Gosine for receiving a 2020-21 SSHRC Connections grant for a scholarly activity related to the exhibition "Everything Slackens in A Wreck" at the Ford Foundation Gallery, in New York, in Fall 2021.
Kudos to Prof. Jennifer Hyndman and new YU Post Doc, Bronwyn Bragg, for a new SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant to support their project, COVID-19 Among Meatpacking Workers: Documenting Migration Status and Employment Conditions in Southern Alberta.
The Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change launches the Inaugural EUC Seminar series Miijim: Food as Relations hosted by the Finding Flowers Project. The year-long series kicked off on October 6 and will include year long conversations with renowned Indigenous, Black and People of Colour food scholars, growers, artists and advocates.