Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
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a problem-focused and curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research institute and graduate program, with interest and expertise in a wide range of topics under the realm of environment and sustainability.
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Mar 7, 5am – 7 am PST | Women, Girls, and the Right to a Healthy Environment
For the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council, Dr. David Boyd is launching a new thematic report on Women, Girls and the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
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Can the heat from running computers help grow our food? It’s complicated
PhD candidate Sarah-Louise Ruder co-wrote about the benefits and drawbacks of capturing the heat emitted by computing hardware and reusing it to grow crops indoors.
Managing Metro Vancouver’s water supply as global temperatures rise
Dr. Kai Chan commented on the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which found that climate change will affect our water supply.
Seminar Series See all
March 23, 2023: IRES Student Seminar with Bassam Javed and Sarah-Louise Ruder
Join IRES PhD Candidates Bassam Javed and Sarah-Louise Ruder's presentations: “Clean and affordable transportation” for all Canadians: Heterogeneity in cost of electrifying passenger transportation in Canada; "Farmer Sociotechnical Imaginaries for Canadian Agri-Food Future"!
March 30, 2023: IRES Faculty Seminar with Alex Moore
Join Dr. Alex Moore to learn about the inclusion of cultural values and community-centered conservation interventions!