Faculty of Environment: Best of 2010

New partnership to boost Central Coast research
With an eight-year, $8-million investment from the Tula Foundation (TF), the Faculty of Environment (FENV) will work with TF to create the Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems and Management. FENV researchers will work with First Nations and other collaborators on projects that focus on the sustainability, resilience and well being of B.C.’s Central Coast people and ecosystems.

Wind speed declining in Pacific Northwest
SFU geographers led a study showing evidence of declining wind speeds in areas across the Pacific Northwest. The findings, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, could have implications for wind farmers looking for locations with steady winds to set up their businesses, and could also mean that atmospheric pollution may take longer to disperse.

Making a case for cadmium/shellfish guidelines
The director of the Environmental Science program, Leah Bendell, continued to advocate for guidelines to shellfish consumption as a result of her research in ecotoxicology, which has revealed that some B.C. shellfish contain elevated amounts of cadmium, a toxic metal.

FENV offers new interdisciplinary environmental courses
In 2010 the Faculty of the Environment began working with departments in other faculties to develop interdisciplinary courses on the environment to appeal to all SFU students. In fall 2010, for example, FENV collaborated with the department of philosophy to offer Special Topics in Environmental Ethics.

Jaccard wins Sterling prize
Environmental economist Mark Jaccard, a professor with the School of Resource and Environmental Management and an internationally respected authority on sustainable energy and climate policy, won SFU’s 2010 Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy.