Events

The ESRC hosts a variety of academic and community events to encourage knowledge sharing.

Events

Transdisciplinary Seminar series

November 5, 2019, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Plaza 600F

“Ethical Decision Making and Sustainability” and “Sustainability in a Carbon Economy”

This seminar will feature two speakers: Goodman School of Business professor Robert Steinbauer, and Blackstone Energy Founder and CEO Ryan Duffy.

In his presentation, “Ethical Decision Making and Sustainability”, Robert Steinbauer will discuss how we all want to save the planet and do what is best for the environment. However, we often fail to transfer our good intentions into sustainable purchasing behaviour. This presentation will also discuss the role moral disengagement plays when consumers make decisions to purchase unsustainable products.

Ryan Duffy’s presentation, “Sustainability in a Carbon Economy” asks what role does sustainability play in the carbon economy? Are they friends or foes? Duffy will also discuss how the two compare, compete, and collaborate – providing examples found in the current business environment locally and globally.

Master of Sustainability Information Session

November 6, 2019, 11:30am to 1:30pm, Theal House Boardroom

Join us on November 6th in the Theal House Boardroom and learn all about Brock University’s Master of Sustainability graduate program. Representatives from the program will be there to answer all of your questions relating to such issues as co-op, funding, program structure, and much more! This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the Master of Sustainability program before you send in your application – don’t miss out!

To reserve your spot, please RSVP to ssas@brocku.ca by 12:00 noon on October 30th, 2019. A pizza lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on or before this date.

Can’t join us in person? You can join in online from anywhere in the world – please note in your RSVP if you would like to be provided with live link information.

We hope to see you there!

Sustainable Development Goals Training Day

November 16, 2019, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Pond Inlet

Are you interested in the Sustainable Development Goals? Do you want to make change with a global impact? Attend this SDG Training Day to learn learn about the SDGs and how you can promote sustainable development!

The training day is comprised of an in-depth overview of all the SDGS and two interactive, skill-building workshops. By the end of the day, you will have the necessary skills and knowledge to impact change and advance the SDGs!

Tickets required for entry. To get tickets for this event, click here. Lunch included with ticket purchase.

Transdisciplinary Seminar series

October 22, 2019, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Plaza 600F

“The Ecology of Home”

Dr. David Zandvliet explores how the concept of home can be considered both a metaphor for sustainability and a true reflection of our ecological reality. This seminar will explore the idea that in developing a deeper knowledge of our homes, we can go beyond seeking a collection of mere facts and instead challenge the ‘ways of thinking’ we encounter in our daily lives. The process of understanding an ecology of home might simultaneously allow us to rediscover or refurbish both ourselves and our communities.

THESIS DEFENCE: Angela Mallette

August 12, 2019 – 9am to 12pm – WH 147

Understanding perceptions of the state of the environment in relation to ecological measures: Intergroup differences and the influences of an interpretive program”

Brock News Story: Click Here

THESIS DEFENCE: Lyn Brown

May 24, 2019 – 9am to 12pm – Theal House Boardroom

“An Analysis of Invasive Species Management in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada: Establishment of a Database to Improve Knowledge Sharing”

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THESIS DEFENCE: Emilie Jobin Poirier

May 8, 2019 – 9am to 12pm – Theal House Boardroom

“Understanding Canadian Winegrowers’ Perceptions of Climate Change and Their Implications for Adaptation Behaviours”

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Transdisciplinary Seminar series

April 5, 2019, 10 to 11am, Plaza 600F

“Investigating the impact of knowledge on climate action”

Cecilia Lundholm addresses current research investigating the impact of beliefs and knowledge on climate actions. Given that climate change is a large scale collective action dilemma, the interest focuses on actions in terms of support for climate policies, e.g. gas and flight tax.

Featuring Guest Speaker: Dr. Cecilia Lundholm, Professor of Educational Science with a specialisation in teaching and learning in the social science, Stockholm University

April 3, 2019, 12 to 2pm, Plaza 600F

“Unsettling responsibilities in Arctic tourism: A decolonizing story”

What does it mean to take responsibility as Settler Canadians for the stories we tell in tourism and tourism research? What is a decolonizing story and what does it do? In this presentation, we aim to, first, name and disrupt settler colonial stories, and, second, illuminate key plotlines in what we argue is a decolonizing settler story of Arctic tourism research.

Featuring Guest Speaker: Dr. Bryan S. R. Grimwood, Associate Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo

“Impact of ecotourism on local communities in Uganda – the good and the bad”

Ecotourism is defined as tourism which involves visiting pristine natural areas often to view wildlife. Using Gorilla trekking in Uganda as an example I will discuss the impact of eco-tourism on the local population and Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest.

Featuring Guest Speaker: Marcie Jacklin, ESRC Affiliate, President of Community Voices of Fort Erie

March 6, 2019, 12 to 2pm, Plaza 600F

“Managing the Urban Tree Canopy using Geospatial Technologies” 

Featuring Guest Speakers:

Dr. Marilyne Jollineau, Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Tourism Studies, Brock University, ESRC Core Faculty Member 
Darren Platakis, Founder/CEO of Geospatial Niagara

The urban tree canopy (UTC) is a good indicator of a municipality’s ecological health. It is comprised of woody vegetation that is found on urban streets, residential properties, and in parks. While the UTC is known to provide several important ecological, social, and economic benefits, anthropogenic activities have resulted in their degradation and loss over time. Further, ground-based measurements to assess the UTC are costly, time-consuming, and often incomplete, especially for trees located on private land. Geospatial technologies, including remote sensing and geographic information systems, provide opportunities for assessing the complete UTC. They also provide information for identifying preferred sites for tree planting within the UTC. In this seminar, we will discuss geospatial technologies and their use in managing the UTC with examples from local municipalities.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Cohosted by ESRC/Facilities Management

Women in Sustainability: A Panel Discussion in Celebration of International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019, 10am to 12pm, TH 253

A panel discussion moderated by Marilyne Jollineau, Associate Professor. Discussions will be framed around a number of questions focused on women in the field of sustainability. The questions will be posed to the panel and there will be multiple points throughout the discussion where the audience will be asked to participate. The panel discussion will run from 10am to 12pm, followed by a light lunch where audience members can interact with the panel participants. Participants are asked to RSVP as seating is limited. For those who do not RSVP, the event will be live streamed.

Panelists include:

  • Julia Baird, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair
  • Carrie Beatty, Chief Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Officer for the Town of Lincoln
  • Jessica Blythe, Assistant Professor
  • Natalie Green, Project Manager, Niagara River Remedial Action Plan
  • Mary Quintana, Director, Asset Management & Utilities, Brock University

This event has been made possible by the Brock University Charter Agreement between the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and Facilities Management at Brock University.

Brock News Story: Click Here

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Transdisciplinary Seminar series

February 13, 2019, 12 to 2pm, MC-A 241

Sense of place in NOLS education: A case study
Dr. Garrett Hutson, Associate Professor, Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies, Brock University

One of the core environmental studies learning objectives at NOLS (formerly the National Outdoor Leadership School) is for students to develop a “sense of place” by experiencing wilderness and exploring relationships with their surroundings. However, little research on sense-of-place development has been conducted within NOLS programs. The purpose of this presentation is to share findings from a research project that explored how NOLS students report developing a sense of place after completing a wilderness expeditionary course at NOLS Rocky Mountain based in Lander, Wyoming. A secondary focus of the presentation will be to explore how the broader topic of “place” contributes to the study of sustainability.

Transdisciplinary Seminar series

January 23, 2019, 12 to 2pm, Welch Hall 147

“Environment, health and healthcare: interplay, tensions and disparities”

Featuring Guest Speakers:

Dr. Ana Sanchez, Professor (Parasitology & Global Health), Brock University, ESRC Core Faculty Member 
Victoria Brzozowki, Waste Management Coordinator, Hamilton Health Sciences

Human health relies on the condition of our built and natural environments. People living in unsanitary environments experience detrimental effects to their health and are in need of healthcare. Yet, as healthcare is provided, the environment is directly impacted as resources are depleted, emissions are created and waste produced.  This seminar will address the tension between human health and the environment at both global and local levels.

SPECIAL EVENT: Cohosted by ESRC/PRI

January 16, 2019, 1 to 3pm, Plaza 600F

“Environmental Buzzwords and their Meanings”

Featuring Guest Speakers:

Julia Baird, Assistant Professor, ESRC & Department of Geography & Tourism Studies
Jessica Blythe, Assistant Professor, ESRC
Christine Daigle, Professor of Philosophy and PRI Director
Trevor Norris, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies and PRI Member
Ryan Plummer, Professor and ESRC Director

Hosted By: David Fancy, Associate Professor, Dramatic Arts and PRI Member

Environmental buzzwords are part of our daily landscape. But what’s in a word? Researchers from the Posthumanism Research Institute (PRI) and the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) will gather to investigate the meaning of five key environmental terms and concepts: “transformation,” “resilience,” “sustainability,” “stewardship,” and “consumerism.” Join us for the general discussion among presenters and audience members that will follow brief presentations on each term/concept.

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Transdisciplinary Seminar series

January 9, 2019, 12 to 2pm, Cairns Building 207

Brock University’s U-Pass Program: Sixteen Years of Sustainable Transportation for Students”

Christopher Fullerton, Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Tourism Studies
Graham Morrison, General Manager, St. Catharines Transit
Tim Luey, Manager of Transportation, St. Catharines Transit

The presentation will provide an overview of Brock University’s highly-successful U-Pass Program. Initiated in the 2003-2004 school year, the Program quickly led to an exponential increase in public transit ridership among Brock students. Administered by the Brock University Students’ Union in partnership with numerous Niagara transit agencies, the various transit route and schedule enhancements made over the program’s sixteen years have provided students with a level of service that far exceeds that enjoyed by students at most other post-secondary institutions across Canada. Following the presentation, the three guest speakers will engage in a facilitated discussion about the program, including its many benefits and the occasional challenges faced over its lifetime.

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THESIS DEFENSE: alison feist

December 6, 2018 – 1 to 4pm – Theal House Boardroom

“Dissecting Collaboration in Environmental Management and Governance: Examining Qualities, Outcomes, and Relationships”

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Master of Sustainability Information Session

November 8, 2018 – Noon to 1pm, TH 253

Information session to be presented by our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Marilyne Jollineau. Come out to learn more about the Master of Sustainability program with feedback and questions answered by current students in the program. A pizza lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend.

RSVP: ssas@brocku.ca

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Transdisciplinary Seminar series

October 31, 2018, 12 to 3pm, Plaza 600F

“Heads in the (oil) sand: individual-level barriers to climate mitigation”

Gary Pickering, PhD, Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology at Brock University, Research Scientist, Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute Member, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre Brock University, Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada, Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University & University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Why, as individuals, do we not fully engage in climate change mitigation behaviors, given the overwhelming evidence that climate change is an existential threat to the wellbeing and survival of our species? My talk considers this question within the Canadian context by highlighting recent empirical studies from our lab.

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“Promoting Population Health in our Changing Climate: Understanding the role of Public Health”

Veronica Marchuk, MPH, Health Promoter, Niagara Region Public Health

Climate change is increasingly becoming recognized as an important Public Health Issue. The consequences of a changing climate and weather patterns pose significant risk to population health. Although such impacts are observed across the globe, tailed local actions are believed to reach best results when addressing the impact of climate change. In order to best tackle the emerging challenges within Niagara, Niagara Region Public Health is working on defining regional strategies aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change and building climate-resilient communities.

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October 17, 2018, 12 to 2pm, WH 147

“Symbiosis Between Energy and the Environment: Driving Forces in the 21st Century Science & Engineering”

Dr. Janusz A. Koziński, Special Advisor to the President of Brock University, Professor in the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology

Symbiosis, by definition, describes a close association between a variety species that is often, but not always, of mutual benefit. This presentation will outline a new type of symbiosis; a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship between energy and the human environment. The focus will be on the application of sustainable bioenergy in everyday life as well as in exotic endeavours. Particular attention will be paid to breakthrough initiatives.

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October 3, 2018, 12 to 3pm, Cairns Building 207

“Make your research stick – lessons from a knowledge mobilizer”

Jayne Morrish, Knowledge Mobilization Office at Brock University

Research is a curiosity-oriented field, with the commonality being a drive to have impact. A cornerstone to having impact with research is well developed knowledge mobilization/translation planning. Learn more about the emerging field of KT/KMb and the importance of marketing your research to a variety of audiences.

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“Social Media for Academics”

Dr. Jessica Blythe, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University

In this seminar, I will introduce how Twitter can be useful for researchers (& justify why we might invest some of our valuable time in social media!).  Next, we will discuss how to create an effective social media presence and, finally, how to navigate the pitfalls and opportunities of social media in academic contexts.

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THESIS DEFENSE: Lydia Collas

May 23, 2018 – 1 to 4pm – Cairns 209M (BioLinc Boardroom)

“Decision-making in agriculture: Why do farmers decide to adopt a new practice?”

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Transdisciplinary Seminar series

April 6, 2018 – 12:30 to 2pm, WH 206

“Anthroposcenery: imagining environmental future with feminist environmental humanities”

Dr. Olga Cielemęcka, Researcher at the Unit of Gender Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University, Sweden, Visiting Scholar, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University, Member, Posthumanism Research Institute, Brock University, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University and member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

March 23, 2018 – 11am to 12pm, WH 147

“Teaching and Learning for Environmental Sustainability”

Dr. Xavier Fazio, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University and member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

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2018 Sustainability Poetry Contest

In celebration of UNESCO Poetry Day, Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC), and the UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability would like to invite you to submit your original, unpublished, poem to our sustainability poetry contest.

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Contest closes February 19, 2018

Transdisciplinary Seminar series

February 9, 2018 – 12:45pm to 1:45pm

“Sustainable Development as a Complex Problem”

Mike Jones, Swedish Biodiversity Centre and IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management

February 9, 2018 – 11am to 12:30pm

“Ecological Nationalism and the Canadian Environmental Imaginary”

Dr. Byron Williston, Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University

Master of Sustainability Information Session

November 30, 2017 – Noon to 1pm, TH 133

Information session to be presented by our Graduate Program Director, Francine McCarthy. Come out to learn more about the Master of Sustainability program with feedback and questions answered by current students in the program. A pizza lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend.

RSVP: ssas@brocku.ca

Guest Speaker

November 20, 2017 – 1 to 2pm, Plaza 408

 “Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge” 

“Bringing Conservation to Cities” is the story of building North America’s only international wildlife refuge in a nearly seven million person urban area that also represents the automobile capitals of the United States and Canada (i.e., Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario).  It presents unique insights into how innovative public-private partnerships are making nature part of everyday urban life in an effort to develop a conservation ethic.  Today, 80% of all Americans and Canadians live in urban areas.  Most urban residents are disconnected from the natural world.  Therefore, there is growing interest in re-connecting urban residents with nature.  Compounding this problem is the fact that most conservationists avoid cities and want to work in pristine or wilderness areas.  Furthermore, when scientific assessments are made, most urban areas are found to be too degraded to rank high enough on conservation priority lists.  “Bringing Conservation to Cities” is an informative expose of what it takes to foster a conservation ethic in a major urban area, complete with critical lessons learned, and to simultaneously inspire and develop the next generation of conservationists in urban areas because that is now where most people on our planet live.   

Presented by: John H. Hartig, Ph.D.
Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Global Governance
Balsillie School of International Affairs
University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Centre for International Governance Innovation

Transdisciplinary Seminar series

November 17, 2017 – 1pm to 2pm

“Freshwater resources in the Great Lakes Region – yesterday, today, and tomorrow…”

Dr. Francine McCarthy, Professor, Earth Science (Brock University)

November 3, 2017 – 11am to 12pm

“Enabling Change through Resilience Assessment”

Dr. Allyson Quinlan, Senior Research Fellow, Resilience Alliance

October 20, 2017 – 11am to 12pm

“Neglected Tropical Diseases in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals”

Ana Sanchez, PhD (Karolinska Institute) & Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Brock University.

October 6, 2017 – 11am to 12pm

“The icon, the sceptic and the cow: Climate change perception in Canada and implications for environmental communication”

Dr. Gary Pickering: Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology, Brock University Research Scientist, Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute, Brock University Associate Director, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University & University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

October 6, 2017 – 12:15pm to 1:15pm

“Environmental Research and Park Management in Nunavut”

David Beamer, Acting Manager of Parks Facilities and Operations, Nunavut Parks and Special Places

Dr. Kevin Turner: Using integrated field and remote sensing approaches to investigate hydroecological impacts of climate-induced landscape changes in northern Yukon

September 22, 2017 – 11am to 12pm

A BIRDING EVENT…CHIMNEY SWIFT IN TOWN?

As part of the UNESCO’s World Bird Migration Day, you are invited to an ESRC birding event on May 15 at 7:10pm at Mahtay Cafe.   

Southbrook Winery Community Build

The Violin Group proudly won the commercial installation of a 150KW solar system at Southbrook Winery to commence on April 3rd, 2017. Southbrook, being a leading organic winery which has reached LEED Gold certification, a large net meter solar system was a logical next step.  With both owners (Violin and Southbrook) being advocates of mentoring and teaching, an optimal opportunity presented itself in creating a community event around the final installation of the systems solar panels – allowing various students within our Region to participate and learn from the project.
Some of the benefits of participating in this event:
  • Opportunity to network, grow your list of contacts and LinkedIn profile, resume build
  • Gain contacts for co-ops and internships
  • Learn from one another
  • Free T-shirt and lunch included

Please note that a hard hat and CSA approved boots are REQUIRED to participate in this event.

Dates: April 17-28, 2017 *tentative, date is subject to change*

Smart Cities Round-Table Discussion

Join professors, students, and local stakeholders to discuss how we can help municipalities in Niagara become ‘Smart Cities’. We will be discussing topics such as technology, infrastructure, transportation, and planning. This event is open to members of the public as well. Hosted by Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre in partnership with the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Date: March 29, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Pond Inlet, Brock University
  • RSVP to: vance.badawey.C2@parl.gc.ca
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  • Brock News Story: Click Here

Research Seminar – Bear Ceremonialism in the 21st Century: Commodification of Nature and Large Carnivore Controversies in Canada and France

On March 23 2017 Dr. Thomas Dunk (Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic Brock University) will be providing a research seminar titled: Bear Ceremonialism in the 21st Century: Commodification of Nature and Large Carnivore Controversies in Canada and France.

Date: March 23, 2017

Time: 3:30pm