Learning to Save the Planet

30 January 2015 | World Wildlife Fund News Release

Toronto, Ontario – WWF-Canada and the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University are pleased to announce a unique collaboration that will bring together academic research and on-the-ground conservation work.

The goal of the partnership is to create opportunities for students, at Canada’s largest environmental studies Faculty, to gain hands-on experience with one of the world’s best-known conservation organizations.

“WWF looks forward to working with one of Canada’s oldest and largest environmental Faculties, to allow greater environmental collaboration in our on-the-ground work,” said WWF-Canada CEO David Miller. “We look forward to working with the environmental leaders of the future. Together, we will identify opportunities to develop innovative research and joint outreach activities, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that people and nature live in harmony.”

Miller is now an adjunct faculty member at the FES and is kicking off the partnership with guest lectures today (January 30) to two enthusiastic classes.

Miller’s first lecture for undergraduates will focus on transit while his second lecture will highlight key research from WWF-Canada’s freshwater program, including the organization’s unique freshwater health assessment methodology and freshwater threats assessment tool. The WWF freshwater team will publish findings on the health of 50 per cent of Canada’s freshwater in June, and results for all freshwater in Canada by 2017. (Canada holds 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater.)

“WWF-Canada’s history of conservation work is well known,” said Dean Noël Sturgeon of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. “The opportunity to connect our research to projects that have real-world implications and impact will be a significant benefit for our faculty and students.”

The Faculty graduates over 300 students each year and houses over 40 full-time faculty members.

“York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies is known to have a strong track record of applying innovative solutions to environmental problems,” said David Miller. “WWF-Canada believes we will be able to achieve an even greater impact in our conservation efforts by collaborating with FES’s established team of experts and students.”

Today’s lectures mark the beginning of an important relationship that will foster meaningful collaborative opportunities for both FES students and WWF-Canada employees to demonstrate that healthy ecosystems drive community and economic well-being.

For more information contact

Rebecca Spring, WWF-Canada, rspring@wwfcanada.org, +1 416 489 4567 ext 7343.

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