Topic: Environmental sustainability

Universities need to rein in academic air travel and greenhouse gases

Researchers are keen to travel abroad but air transport makes a significant contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions. (Shutterstock) A recent article […]


A move towards conciliation in academia

By Ashley Courchene

After four years, reconciliation is not what we hoped it would be in our classrooms. How did we get here, and is […]


Indigenous researchers plant seeds of hope for health and climate

By Hannah Tait Neufeld, Brittany Luby, and Kim Anderson

Indigenous land-based learning provides hands-on opportunities for knowledge development that shift away from Eurocentric forms of education. How can universities use land-based […]


In Canada and US, fossil fuel divestment debates on campus spotlight the societal role of colleges and universities

As a new academic year begins after a summer of deadly heat waves, wildfires, droughts and floods, many college students and faculty are debating whether and how to get involved in climate politics. Climate advocacy has become well established on U.S. campuses over the past decade, in diverse forms. More than 600 colleges and universities have signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. Schools are expanding interdisciplinary teaching and research in environmental studies, sustainability science and climate resilience, and investing in “greening” their campuses. And many activists on campuses around the country are participating in global campaigns like “Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice” and “Keep it in the Ground.”


Congress 2016 Day #1: Climate crisis, student unions, and even more controversy

The team at Academic Matters is always thrilled to attend the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, this year in Calgary, […]


Harper’s attack on science: No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy

By Carol Linnitt

Science—and the culture of evidence and inquiry it supports—has a long relationship with democracy. Widely available facts have long served as a […]


Young man sqeezing past a water bottle machine to access a cramped water fountain

Bottled up or tapped out: Where have all the water fountains gone?

By Richard Girard and Erika Shaker

Water fountains are disappearing on university campuses. Richard Girard and Erika Shaker trace how this is yet another example of the way commercialization and privatization realigns and redefines priorities in our universities.


From Grey to Green: Environmental Sustainability at the University of Guelph

By Robert Corry

My campus is not green. It has a greenish hue The University of Guelph, like many campuses I’ve experienced, gives an impression […]


Universities in a Climate of Change

By Brian Wakelin and Kathy Wardle

Although we are not experiencing intense hurricanes or brush fires, as a northern country, Canada is more sensitive to climate change than […]


The Environmental Crisis: The Devil is in the Generalities

By Ross McKitrick

I’ve started encouraging my students not to use the word “environment.” Taken literally, it includes everything between your skin and outer space, […]