Director's welcome

Ann Dale

Welcome to the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University (RRU). RRU is a public university offering innovative programs that link to our core values of sustainability, social development, change leadership, and governance. We learn, work, and live on the traditional lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families who have lived here for thousands of years.

We believe that the environment is the backbone by which all human systems are supported and are inter-dependent. Sustainability is, therefore, the greatest human imperative of the 21st century; two of our most critical challenges are biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation. The latest scientific reports (IPCC 2018 and the WWF Living Planet Report 2018) state unequivocally the impacts of not acting now. And yet there is tremendous hope as our youth worldwide speak out and urge action. Our programs provide learners with a deep understanding of the intersectionality between the environment, our economic and social systems, as well as the skills needed to tackle the messy wicked problems modern society is currently facing. Our programs offer an integrated curriculum of both theoretical learning and applied skills. Our school is blessed with a wonderful diversity of faculty who teach and actively research many of these issues, with a focus on topics such as climate change, sustainable community development, ecological and global processes, and e-waste management, to name only a few.

Our programs’ graduates are trained interdisciplinary leaders, many of whom are actively applying their knowledge and skills gained at Royal Roads University in their subsequent career choices. Some of our graduates' stories can be read through the Royal Roads' Inspiring Connection's website with careers as varied as consulting biologist, natural resource manager, sustainability educator, watershed coordinator, engineering technician and many more.

We are looking forward to the next two years, with beautiful teaching and lab facilities in the new Sherman Jen building and a great team of natural and social scientists and staff who believe in sharing their vision of engaged learning and scholarship designed to make a difference in the world.

Professor Ann Dale

Director, School of Environment & Sustainability