The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change provides reach ahead resources and hands-on skill building to support and foster environmental, sustainability, and social justice education for the next generation. With our increasingly interconnected world and booming population, the need for active citizenship and environmental stewardship has never been greater. From wetland conservation and planning sustainable cities to pushing for social justice and bringing about corporate social responsibility, the resources we offer in EUC will complement your EcoSchool’s EcoMandate and assist in your planning for Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) activities.
Enhancing Environmental Education
We are dedicated to inspiring environmental change and social justice in your school. To assist you in enhancing environmental education in your classrooms, we offer a series of dynamic programs that will engage your students beyond the textbook. Whether you need an activity for your Eco-Schools’ conference, Eco-Fair, or to support your classroom curriculum, our programs can assist you in creating a dynamic learning opportunity.
The Change Your World conference aims to inspire youth in Ontario to be the next generation of environmentally and socially active citizens. We welcome high school students and their teachers to this dynamic one-day conference that brings together youth and community organizations from across the province to discuss, collaborate and learn how to make sustainable and equitable change.
30+ High schools across Ontario
20+ Alumni & Community Organizations
30+ Hands on Workshops
SHSM Career Exploration/Reach Ahead
We are currently planning how to offer our Change Your World conference in a new virtual format.
Whether you’re teaching Regional Geography, Canadian and World Issues, Environmental Science, Resource Management, Equity and Social Justice, World Geography or covering relatable subjects in your curriculum, our virtual lectures by our professors will add something new. Learn about environmental, geographic, and social justice topics, inspire future interests, and meet SHSM and EcoSchool requirements.
SHSM Career Exploration
2020 Virtual Lecture Series
Geographies of COVID-19 in a New World Order: Migration, Containment, and Waiting
September 29 at 10am
Mobilizing: How Youth are Using Cellphones for Environmental Research and Activism
October 5 at 1:30pm and November 10 at 10am
A World Without Waste: What Path Do We Take on the Road to a Circular Economy?
October 19 at 10am and November 25 at 1:30pm
Bad Reputation: Cormorants and Conservation
October 28 at 2pm and November 17 at 1:30pm
Being Homeless during COVID-19: Overcoming NIMBYism and building inclusive communities
November 23 at 1:30pm
Looking to add a guest speaker to your classroom or eco-conference? We have developed a series of seminars geared toward inspiring your students to consider post-secondary opportunities in environmental and urban change, learn more about careers in environment, sustainability, and justice, and discover our very own EcoCampus in Costa Rica.
SHSM Career Exploration
2020 Workshop and Seminar Series
Welcome to Environmental & Urban Change
Introducing YorkU’s newest Faculty: The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Join with us to learn about our program offerings in the Environment and Geography and how you can become a changemaker.
Listening to the Land: An Introduction to Environmental Justice and Storytelling
Join the Indigenous Environmental Justice (IEJ) Project, led by Canadian Research Chair, Deborah McGregor, to explore stories on the land. How can Indigenous storytelling point to justice and environmental issues? How can Indigenous and non-Indigenous people move toward reconciliation through storytelling? What story can you tell?
Discover Careers in Environment, Sustainability and Justice
The ecoboom has opened the door in many industries for professionals interested in the environment, sustainability and social justice. Targeted to grade 10s, discover diverse future career opportunities in this seminar
Pathways to Careers in Environment, Sustainability and Justice
Interested in social justice and sustainability? Targeted to grade 11s and 12, this seminar will focus on the pathway from high school student to green professional in fields such as business, government, and non-profit.
Discover our Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica
Take your students on a journey through the cultural and ecological beauty of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve, home to York University’s EcoCampus. Learn about species identification, Indigenous ways of knowing and community development in the Costa Rican rainforest.
Exhibitor at Your School Fair
Are you planning a virtual conference, an Eco-Fair or a career fair at your school? Invite Environmental and Urban Change to run a table in your conference’s marketplace to highlight York University’s Environmental and Geography programs or career pathways.
Experience Las Nubes at the York University EcoCampus: Bring Your Class to Costa Rica
The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change offers a 10-day program for high school students at our EcoCampus and other locations in Southern Costa Rica. This field course is rich in experiences that range from food production, forest ecosystems, Indigenous issues, Costa Rican history, rural culture and biodiversity conservation. The program has an immersive community-based approach, which builds on our long-standing relationships with different communities in Southern Costa Rica, including local producers, cooperatives, environmental groups and organizations and Indigenous communities, among others.
Registering in this program is a 2 month process (e.g. if you are planning a trip for March Break, you should start the process in January) and it’s offered throughout the year.
This program is dependent on public health guidelines and restrictions. Programming likely to continue in Fall 2021.
Register your school for a trip to Costa Rica (Coming Soon!)
EUC Shadow Program for Future Students
Do you have a great student who is passionate about environmental, geographical, and social change? Foster their love of the environment by encouraging them to take part in our EUC Shadow Program for Future Students
Offered Monday to Friday
SHSM Career Exploration/Reach Ahead
- Sit in on an online first or second year Environmental and Urban Change course
- Meet with a current student
- Chat with an Admissions Representative
Interested in attending an EUC Shadow day, please email us at EUCApply@yorku.ca
Please note: This program will begin in Winter 2021
Professional Development for Teachers
We hear to support environmental education and that includes professional development for you! Book one of our workshops below for your next professional development day or sign up for one training sessions.
Are you looking for online resources to engage students in discussing critical issues such as food justice and anti-racism, Indigenous history and worldviews, and eating animals? The Earth to Tables Legacies educational package offers teachers and activists 10 videos and 11 photo essays based on intergenerational and intercultural conversations, using food as an entry to these social issues and more. A visually enticing website includes a teacher's guide for each video and photo essay, with questions, activities, commentaries, and resources for further research and action.
High School Outreach in Environmental and Urban Change
Discover the many high school outreach offerings of the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Perfect for guidance counsellor days or teacher conferences, this seminar covers the programming offered by the Faculty and how we can support you in your classroom.