Research Projects and Initiatives

The majority of Institute for Environmental Sustainability funds are dedicated to supporting research by Mount Royal faculty in sustainability. The Institute Director and the associated team also conduct sustainability-related research for both applied and academic contribution:

Institute for Environmental Sustainability Supported Projects

Institute for Environmental Sustainability Initiatives



Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL)

A pan-Canadian Centre of Excellence that develops and connects emerging leaders, innovative managers, and engaged scholars in pursuit of the effective, inclusive, equitable, and sustainable stewardship of parks and protected areas.

The CPCIL hosts four distinct integrated services and programs. These programs include the Park Leaders Development Program, Training and Knowledge Inventory, Innovation and Collaboration Hub, and the Parks and Protected Areas Leadership Network. To learn more about the CPCIL check out the MRU Story!


Professional Development: Strategic Sustainability and the Energy Industry Online Course

This online course, developed by MRU and IES, is delivered by the IES Director  Dr. Connie Van der Byl. The course offers a high-level overview of sustainability and its three fundamental pillars: environment, society and economics. It reviews sustainability from a systems perspective; particular foci of the course includes stakeholder relations and the energy industry within a strategic sustainability context.

The next course is offered September 24, 2018.

Strategic Sustainability Online Course Registration


Parks and Protected Areas Research Group

The Parks and Protected Areas Research Group (PPARG) of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability is an amalgamation of interested researchers and practitioners that place focus on sustainability issues around parks and other protected land areas. This group brings together interested individuals and provides a forum for discussion and dissemination of research.

Learn more about PPARG.