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Lakehead-Orillia Launches Canada's First Interdisciplinary HBASc Degree in Environmental Sustainability

(April 9, 2010 – Orillia, ON) Lakehead University’s Orillia Campus is pleased to announce the launch of Canada's first interdisciplinary Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science degree with a major in Environmental Sustainability.

Dr. Alice den Otter, Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead's Orillia campus, is delighted the program has been approved.  “After more than a year of collaboration, research, and development, it is wonderful to see this program come to life."  Dr. den Otter, who was one of the creative and academic supporters of the degree, adds that the HBASc in Environmental Sustainability has been designed to produce well-rounded, environmentally conscious, and responsible citizens with excellent communication skills and problem solving abilities.  

The Environmental Sustainability program will include courses such as ecology, environmental politics, philosophy, climatology, Aboriginal People and the forest, and environmental issues.  A co-op option will also be available, where alternating study and work terms will allow upper year students to integrate theory and practice while gaining work experience in their respective fields.

Dr. Sreekumari Kurissery, a leading researcher in the field of microbiology, will serve as the Program's first Academic Coordinator.  Dr. Kurissery believes the new program in Environmental Sustainability will be of great benefit to Ontario and to Canada.  “The aim of this program is to produce well rounded graduates who are critical thinkers, sensitive to environmental issues, and capable of finding scientifically-based and ethically sound solutions to problems we face in fields related to environmental study.”

Lakehead-Orillia will soon be home to Canada's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum university campus, and will become a hallmark of sustainable and ecologically sensitive development.  Lakehead-Orillia strives to become one of Canada's greenest campuses in its role as a catalyst for research and learning in environmental sciences, and will become a demonstration site for green technology, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability.  


MEDIA: Dr. Alice den Otter is available for interviews.  To schedule interview times, please contact Kathy Hunt, Lakehead-Orillia Communications Officer, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 / or Heather Scott, Lakehead-Thunder Bay Communications Officer, at 807-343-8177 /

Last updated April 09, 2010

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