What is Environmental Sustainability?

At IES, we share a passion for environmental sustainability.  While definitions of sustainability vary, they are consistent in consideration of both present and future environmental, social and economic facets.  We consider environmental sustainability through interdisciplinary research, scholarship, student learning, and community engagement.  We believe in collaboration both within MRU and with external partners to address often complex sustainability issues.  All of us connected with the Institute are dedicated to understanding and, where possible, improving environmental sustainability.

Our Commitment

The IES acts as a facilitator and catalyst for interdisciplinary research on sustainability. The IES is committed to engaging with students and researchers across the full spectrum of academic disciplines at Mount Royal University. We also aim to strengthen and expand our partnerships with industry, government and non-government agencies and institutions in the region.

Recent News

First Annual World Wetlands Day Symposium at Mount Royal University bridges the gap between science and policy.

The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2019 is looking for Symposium Submissions. Deadline for submissions is February 22, 2019.

"In Search of the Environmental Kuznets Curve in Canada: Where is the Inverted U-Curve?" by IES Researcher, Anupam Das, has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Global Energy Issues!

IES Researchers, Robert Boschman and Bill Bunn, recent publication is chosen to be the cover article in a Special Edition: Humanities for the Environment from the Humanities Journal!



The main goal of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability is to support multi and inter disciplinary research in environmental sustainability led by Mount Royal full time faculty. Faculty often include undergraduate Mount Royal student researchers on projects.These students benefit greatly from this experience with many continuing on to graduate school. Learn more here.

View this short video and learn more about the IESCanadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL)

Funded by the Canadian Parks Council, led by IES, and in collaboration with several other institutions, the CPCIL comprises programming and research that will support parks and protected areas, leadership and communities of practice across Canada. Learn more about CPCIL or check out the MRU Story about this new collective!

Recent Publications

Swallow, Mather J.B., and O'Sullivan, Gwen. (2018). Biomimicry of vascular plants as a means of saline soil remediation. Science of the Total Environment,  Volume 655, (pp. 84-91). Available here.

Liboiron, A., Garbutt, K., Moorman, L., Hill, D., and Panesar, N. (2018). Spatial Data Collection for Citizen Science: Developing Collector Applications with ArcGIS - Manual and Tutorials (pp. 118) (Instruction Manual). Available online via the MRU Library Repository.

Van der Byl, C., and Grogaard, B. (2018). Risk Management and Adaptation in Oil and Gas Commodity Resource Markets. Contribution in "Managing Natural Resources Organizational Strategy, Behaviour and Dynamics" Reserve your copy now.

Learn about more publications here.

External Funding Opportunities for Environmental Sustainability Research

 Government of Canada Grants

Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge application deadline March 29, 2019.

Environmental Damages Fund accepting applications now.

NSERC Grants - various deadlines

Alberta Ecotrust Grants - Spring 2019 grants and deadlines

             EcoCity Edmonton Grants application deadline April 1, 2019.            

             Major Projects application LOI deadline March 31, 2019

             Community Grants application portal opens April 15, 2019

Alberta Innovates Grants - various deadlines

CAWST - Multiple external funding opportunities open for submission globally.        

SSHRC Grants              

             Connection Grants - deadline May 1, 2019 

             Partnership Grants - Stage 1 - deadline February 15, 2019

             Partnership Engage Grants - deadline March 15, 2019