Environmental Sustainability Research Theme

The Environmental Sustainability research theme focuses on maintaining our natural resources' (soil, air, water and biodiversity) ability to support and strengthen agriculture, food and bioproduct sectors and rural communities.Research conducted in this theme area will evaluate environmental, economic, and/or social perspectives.

The theme seeks to support environmental stewardship through research and the development and verification of best management practices. Research goals include::

  • Understanding the potential risks and benefits of industry to soil, water, air and biodiversity.
  • Providing science to development credible, evidence-based government policies, programs and initiatives.
  • Assessing the effect of environmental policies on the agri-environment, agri-food sector economics and rural society.
  • Identifying opportunities for agriculture, food, and bioproducts sectors, and rural communities to provide solutions for environmental challenges.

To learn more about current funding priorities for this theme, click here.

Research Program Director


Environmental Sustainability

Dr. Bill Van Heyst

Professor, School of Engineering


UofG Profile: https://www.uoguelph.ca/engineering/content/faculty/bill-van-heyst