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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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About the Minor

The purpose of the Minor in Sustainability Studies is to provide foundational knowledge and skills related to the emerging discipline of sustainability and to prepare students to become innovators within their diverse fields. The minor seeks to educate students in the concepts and best practices in sustainability, and to teach them to consider all factors: economic, environmental and social, both in the short term and in the long term in making decisions. Intended as a complement to core fields of study, the minor draws from courses across all Faculties, and enhances and reflects each student's individual academic and career interests.



Students enrolled in the Minor in Sustainability Studies will be able to:

  • Define sustainability and understand how concepts of sustainability are connected to issues of human welfare and equity, the environment, and the economy. 
  • Adapt and apply knowledge, theories, and methods learned to analyze sustainability issues and/or practices.
  • Explain how sustainability relates to their lives and their values, and how their actions impact issues of sustainability at the individual, local, regional and global levels.
  • Understand the basic principles of systems thinking and recognize interrelated systems.
  • Develop an understanding of sustainability as a conceptual lens for critical analysis.
  • Evaluate current and potential future impacts of sustainability issues including global climate and climate change, food, energy, water, environmental degradation and social justice.