Sustainability Office

Sustainable Queen's
Sustainable Queen's

CurriculumStudying in Douglas (© Queen's University)

Applied Science

Masters in Applied Sustainability (MAS)

The objective of the MAS program is to expose students to the implementation of sustainable engineering solutions within the context of broader sustainability theory. To do this properly, engineering students must not only advance their technical education, but must gain insights into how public policy impacts on the success of engineering solutions to multidisciplinary sustainability problems.

Integrated Learning Centre

The ILC is purpose-built to enhance the learning experience by providing 'live' and hands-on opportunities for students to see and interact with engineering theories applied within the context of the building.  With a focus on sustainability, the ILC serves as a resource to broaden awareness of green building design and environmental impact. Inside the front doors is a green or "breathing" wall that filters particles from the air before it is distributed throughout the building. The facility itself is instrumented as a working laboratory -- where students can see structural elements of the building that are usually hidden and monitor systems like air quality, heating, lighting, and cooling using specially designed software --, showing how sustainable practices can be incorporated into building design.

Technology, Engineering and Management (TEAM)

TEAM is a multidisciplinary project course offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen's University that links 4th year students (arts, science, engineering, law, commerce and business) with industries seeking additional consulting resources. Started in 1995, TEAM brings together the talents and enthusiasm of Canada's future arts, science, engineering, law, commerce and business leaders to address participating organizations' challenges and goals.

Students with TEAM have worked with Physical Plant Services staff on projects to determine the viability of wind power, solar power and deep-water cooling for parts of the campus.  Students have also examined campus cooling, campus energy consumption and the application of green roofs.

School of Environmental Studies

The Earth's environment is under stress, and the search for solutions is anything but simple: It requires an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving and education. Our program emphasizes the diverse contributions of technology, the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences to understanding and solving environmental problems. The program offers interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate training that integrates the concepts of environmental toxicology and chemistry, ecosystems, human health, environmental policy and management, as well as the importance of social, cultural, and economic systems into the overarching theme of sustainability.  

School of Business

COMM 408 - This fall term interdisciplinary course is open to third and fourth-year students from all Faculties and Schools at Queen’s. We typically have Canadian and international students from commerce, engineering, environmental science, chemistry, geology, biology, political science, economics, and history in our project teams. Our dual focus is on practices to become more sustainable and how students can access career opportunities in the green economy.

There will be a tour of the instructor’s earth-sheltered house and emphasis will be placed on cultural, national, and individual strategies that will be useful regardless of Faculty, School, or discipline.