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.


End of Life researchThe 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.Researcher Spotlight

Jorden Dye is our featured researcher this month. He has been a research assistant with the Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) since 2016Jorden's original research focuses on carbon tax. He has presented his topic at various conferences including the Association of Administrative Sciences Conference (ASAC) in 2017. You can read about his experience with the institute here.

Recent Publications

Boschman, R., and Bunn, B. (2018). Nuclear Avenue: "Cyclonic Development", Abandonment, and Relations in Uranium City, Canada. Available online.

McNicol, B., and Rettie, K. (2017). "Tourism operators' perspectives of environmental supply of guided tours in national parks" Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Online.

Haney, T., McDonald-Harker, C. (2016) "The River is Not the Same Anymore": Environmental Risk and Uncertainty in the Aftermath of the High River, Alberta, Flood. Social Currents.

McNicol, B. (2016) The Sustainability of Commercial Tour Operations in Protected Natural Areas: Defining Categories of Environmental Supply

Learn about more publications here.