School of Environment and Sustainability

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) seeks to bridge multiple disciplines across the natural, physical, social sciences, as well as the humanities and engineering to address the most challenging environmental and sustainability issues we face. After just celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017 and with over 100 alumni, SENS is proud to boast students that benefit from innovative, forward-thinking mentorship of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners as they are guided through exploratory exercises that emphasize critical thinking and alternative ways of knowing.

Sustainability Education Research Institute

Established in 2012, SERI is a collaborative, innovative, and internationally-linked institute that houses faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, staff, and other partners conducting research on environment and sustainability in relation to education.

Sustainability Education Policy Network

SEPN is a national network of researchers and organizations advancing sustainability in education policy and practice that was established in 2012. The Network is a partnership between Canadian and international researchers and leading Canadian and North American policy and educational organizations.

SEPN’s research examines the relationships between sustainability education policies and practices in early childhood to grade 12 education (EC-12) and post-secondary education (PSE) in Canada with the goal of enabling educational change for a more sustainable future.

SEPN is hosted at the University of Saskatchewan and funded by $2 million in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funding and $1 million in matching funds from SEPN’s partners and contributors.

Saskatchewan Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development

RCE Saskatchewan is a United Nations University designated Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Each of the 150+ RCEs around the world is a network of individuals, organizations, and experts who are committed to using education as a tool for building a sustainable future. RCE Saskatchewan partners include the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Carlton Trail Regional College, the City of Regina, the City of Saskatoon, and others.

The University of Saskatchewan is proud to be the recipient of 10 RCE Saskatchewan awards since 2012. These awards celebrate many of the university's greatest achievements in sustainability and are listed below.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff, and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE works with and for higher education to ensure that our world's future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. The University of Saskatchewan membership in AASHE ensures that all faculty, staff, and students have access to its resources.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) works under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to mobilize the world’s universities, think tanks, and national laboratories for action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; empower societies through free online education; and translate scientific evidence and ideas into solutions and accountability.

Established in 2012 by the former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, and world-renowned economist and professor, Jeffrey Sachs, the SDSN promotes integrated approaches to implement the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, through education, research, policy analysis, and global cooperation

Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP)

Established in 2008, the Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP) serves as a network for higher education sustainability professionals across Canada. The CUSP Steering Committee is an informal, flexible group formed from regional representatives from across Canada.

Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC)

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is dedicated to helping the people of Saskatchewan reduce waste. They may have Saskatchewan in our name, but they are actually a non-governmental organization whose funding comes from many sources, including their amazing members. They are also a registered non-profit and a charitable organization. 

The University of Saskatchewan currently has 3 representatives sitting on the SWRC Board of Directors:

  • Rod Johnson - Prof, Department of Geography
  • Bert Weichel - Prof, Department of Geography
  • Matt Wolsfeld - Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Office of Sustainability