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Academics

The goal of sustainability education at Laurier is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the quality of human life within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems. Sustainable curriculum refers to courses and programs that focus on the economic, social and/or environmental areas of sustainability.

Programs

Courses

With the help of a faculty survey, the Sustainability Office has compiled a list of sustainability courses based on the definitions below.

Sustainability-Focused Courses

These courses are entirely dedicated to the concept of sustainability, including its cultural, economic, environmental and social dimensions. Alternatively, sustainability-focused courses may examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.

Sustainability-Related Courses

These courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue given that the principle or issue being discussed is connected to the larger concept of sustainability including its cultural, economic, environmental and social dimensions.

Research

With the help from the Research Office and a faculty survey, the Sustainability Office has compiled a list of sustainability researchers based on the definition below.

Sustainability Research

Sustainability research concerns the scientific analysis, communication and performance of how to create and maintain conditions that enable societies to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability research considers the ecological, economic, social, and cultural factors and interconnections necessary for creating conditions that are at once manageable, viable, and equitable. As such, it is connected to Laurier's multicampus, multidisciplinary environment, core values and guiding principles through such topics as: social/environmental justice, ecological resilience, equity, diversity, human and labour rights, economic prosperity, land-use planning, resource management, socially engaged cultural and artistic production, and health and well-being.

Community Service-Learning

Community Service-Learning is an educational approach that provides students the opportunity to gain valuable real-life learning experiences while providing a service to local community organizations.