The School’s main student environmental groups include: the Environmental Students’ Union (ENSU), the Graduate Students’ Environmental Association (GESA), University of Toronto Environmental Action (UTEA), and the University of Toronto’s Environmental Resource Network (UTERN). Learn about what these groups are up to, and how to get involved.
ENSU’s events are designed to start and guide conversations about the environment. Their documentary screenings are an accessible way to invite conversation about current topics in the field. ENSU’s mission is to make sustainability more accessible and tangible, which is why they’ve also started to hold workshops on urban green spaces. By working with Dig In! Agriculture and U of T Growth Facilities, they are able to connect ENSU members to urban green spaces and resources.
The Graduate Environmental Students’ Association (GESA) represents graduate students enrolled in the School of the Environment Graduate Collaborative Specializations. They organize social and academic events to bring light to relevant environmental issues in an informal setting with an aim to foster collaborative dialogue on a range of topics, and to liaise with other environmental groups on campus.
UTEA works to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues (e.g Indigenous water rights, sustainable energy, climate change, etc) and advocates for more effective government policies to address these issues at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. The organization also works towards advocating for more sustainable campus policies at the University of Toronto. Past events and projects include advocacy reports on climate justice (Give Our Children a Future: The Moral and Legal Obligation of the Canadian Government to Act on Climate Change) and the Ontario 2018 municipal elections (Ontario 2018: Environmental Policies and Promises), annual panels on Indigenous water rights, and high school conferences.
The University of Toronto’s Environmental Resource Network (UTERN) is a levy organization that operates as a funding body and as a networking hub for any person, group or club within the university community interested in sustainability and environmentalism on campus. UTERN membership is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni from any of the three campuses at the University of Toronto. UTERN focuses primarily on funding initiatives that pertain to sustainability at U of T.