Education and Research

Integrating research and education in sustainability across disciplines, in ways that respond to community needs.

Sustainability Course Offerings

There are over 400 sustainability-related courses offered across all faculties, allowing students to embed sustainability into their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

SDG 4

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Sustainability Certificate

There are 60+ students from 25 different departments represented in the Certificate in Sustainability Studies program.

SDG 4, SDG 17

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TD Bank Group Sustainability Awards and Grants

Annually, there are two academic awards and two research grants for students enrolled in the Sustainability Studies Certificate program. 

SDG 10

International Experience

Over 200 exchanges, group study programs, research placements and internships provide curricular and co-curricular learning and research opportunities – many with a sustainability-related focus, and exposure to new world views. 

Study AbroadInternational DevelopmentUCI

SDG 17

Faculty Highlights


Faculty of Arts

Ecofeminism: Dr. Joe Kadi, a professor in the Faculty of Arts teaches a block week course in the Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary program titled “Ecofeminism” (WMST303). This course brings together environmental concerns and social issues such as gender, race and class. It also allows students to engage in outdoor education, participatory classroom norms, experiential education and community building.

SDG 5, SDG 10

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Haskayne School of Business

Sustainable Development: Houston Peschl, an instructor in Haskayne challenges students to engage with strategies for sustainable development in a business context. This course is used to encourage students to see the role of sustainability, both environmental and social, in economic development, new venture development and emerging technologies.

Undergraduate Course | Graduate Course 

SDG 8, SDG 9, SDG 11

Schulich School of Engineering

Energy and Environment: The Energy and Environment specialization of Engineering is now a minor. This means that Engineering students in all but one undergraduate program will be able to take this minor – potentially doubling the number of students studying how to integrate environmental advocacy with meeting our global energy needs.

SDG 7, SDG 13

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Werklund School of Education

Mathematics for Sustainability: This course, available to graduate students in the Master of Education program, applies mathematics through a lens of sustainability issues, asking fundamental questions such as: How fast? How risky? How connected? This course addresses mathematical techniques to answer these questions with a focus on K – 12 education.

SDG 4

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Cumming School of Medicine

Hands-on Experience: University of Calgary students in the Cumming School of Medicine and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine travelled to Ethiopia to facilitate workshops teaching students and researchers skills and techniques that will assist them in their research. This opportunity, offered annually, provides University of Calgary students with a hands-on learning experience in the field of global health.

SDG 3, SDG 4, SDG 17

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Faculty of Nursing

Community Engagement & Teaching and Learning: The Faculty of Nursing has many Indigenous initiatives - creating a brave student space, blanket ceremonies or curriculum inclusion - all of which have sustainable education and engagement at the forefront. The Faculty has established strong relationships with the Indigenous community to deepen understanding, provision and evolution of education of Indigenous nursing students, steps that help provide culturally safe care to the Indigenous community. 

SDG 3, SDG 10, SDG 17

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Research in Departments

80% of University of Calgary departments conducting research have faculty members engaged in sustainability-related research.

SDG 9

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CREATE Grants

Through Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grants, researchers at the University of Calgary will receive $1.6 million over six years to study infrastructure for sustainable cities.

SDG 9, SDG 11

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Sustainability Studies

A postdoctoral associate in University of Calgary’s Sustainability Studies is exploring how waste products can be used to solve global food scarcity.

SDG 1, SDG 2, SDG 12

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Faculty Highlights


Schulich School of Engineering

Wastewater Treatment: Angus Chu, a professor in the Schulich School of Engineering is partnering with the City of Calgary to optimize the impacts of fermenters located at the Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant, which could help solve issues in the ecosystem such as low dissolved oxygen and fish morbidity.

SDG 6, SDG 14

Faculty of Science

Rechargeable Batteries: Venkataraman Thangadurai and his research team received support from the Mitacs Elevate Program in partnership with Geometric Energy Corporation, the US Department of Energy and the University of Maryland to develop more powerful and stable rechargeable lithium batteries. Potential applications include electric vehicles, consumer electronics and grids for storing renewable energy.

SDG 7, SDG 9

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School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Affordable Housing: Dr. Sasha Tsenkova, A professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape directed a research initiative that evaluated partnerships for affordable housing in Canadian cities. As part of this, an international conference and a public forum were held, and a book containing contributions from leading scholars in the field was released.

SDG 1, SDG 11

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Cumming School of Medicine

Healthcare Gaps: Cheryl Barnabe, a professor in the Cumming School of Medicine’s research focuses on identifying and resolving health system care gaps for Indigenous patients. Her aim is to propose new ways of delivering healthcare that better serves the Indigenous community.

SDG 3, SDG 10

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Faculty of Kinesiology

Gender Gaps in Sport: Dr. William Bridel, professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology specializes in the socio-cultural aspect of sport, and challenges students to think critically about the relationship between sport and larger social contexts, with an emphasis on social norms, politics, ethics and historical perspectives.This research demonstrates how sport interconnects with education, science, medicine and health. Dr. Bridel’s research draws attention to the dualistic nature of sports, and how they can be used to promote diversity, equality and inclusion or reinforce discrimination and marginalization.

SDG 3, SDG 5

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Faculty of Law

Canadian Carbon Pricing:  Sharon Mascher, a professor in the Faculty of Law received a 2019-2020 University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grant for the project The Infographic Colouring Brochure - Understanding Canadian Carbon Pricing. The brochure will help law students understand the Canadian approach to carbon pricing. This brochure will provide an opportunity for students to engage with the complexities of this area through a multi-sensory product.

SDG 9, SDG 13

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Faculty of Social Work

Student Homelessness: A new cross-Canada SSHRC-funded social work study seeks to discover how big an issue student homelessness is. UCalgary professors, including Dr. Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, are involved in this study, which will provide data to agencies such as campus food banks and to university leadership who might better understand interventions to help students experiencing homelessness.

SDG 1, SDG 2, SDG 11

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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

W.A. Ranches: W.A. Ranches is a 19,000-acre living laboratory/classroom that was gifted to University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The $44 million cattle ranch enables faculty and students to solve complex issues affecting livestock, wildlife, people and the environment by using the One Health approach.

SDG 2, SDG 3, SDG 15

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