ESAC Membership

Published on 11 November 2013 by in Uncategorized

ESAC Membership


ESAC members:

- Can attend the ESAC Conference June 2 – 4, 2015 with other educators, scientists, students, activists and artists as part of Congress 2015 of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted at the University of Ottawa.

- Can submit their work; Submission instructions here.

- Get a subscription to A\JAlternatives Journal – Canada’s Environmental Voice

- Receive the ESAC newsletter with information about conferences, research projects, coming events, new publications and teaching materials and more

- Have access to ESAC-L, our internet information and discussion listserv

- Receive the ESAC membership directory

Join ESAC!

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The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to announce the creation of a new annual award recognizing the outstanding contributions of an individual or organization who strives to create community and build relationships among the environmental groups of Canada.

The inaugural Environmental Community Organization Award (ECO-Award) was presented during the 2012 Environmental Association of Canada Award at the University of Waterloo on May 31, 2012, to Kira Jade Cooper, a Masters of Environmental Sciences student in the Faculty of the Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo and an ESAC Board Member.

Ms. Cooper inspired the creation of this award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to organizing and facilitating to the 2012 ESAC conference, and of her prowess in bringing together several different environmentally-focused groups and organizations through this conference: the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM); the Community of Practice in Ecosystems Approaches to Health, Ontario Node (CoPEH-Ontario); and the Moving our Understanding (MOU) gathering of Environmental Studies programs in Canada.

“Kira worked tirelessly to ensure the successful gathering of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada this year at Congress,” explained Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, one of the ESAC Board Members, during her presentation of the award to Ms. Cooper. “She worked fiercely and enthusiastically, and displayed saint-like patience in attending to all the details, small and large. She was inspiring in pursuit of connecting the environmental community of Canada together through this conference, and throughout it all, was an absolute joy to work with. ESAC 2012 certainly would not have been a success without her passion and dedication.”

Please join us in congratulation Kira Jade Cooper on this much-deserved award, and for inspiring what is sure to be the beginning of a wonderful Environmental Studies Association of Canada award and tradition.

Applications and nominations for the 2013 Environmental Community Organization Award (ECO-Award) will be due on Friday, March 29th, 2013. Forms will be on the ESAC website ( and sent out through the ESAC listserv (ESAC-L) in early January 2013. Applications are encouraged from individuals and/or organizations that have contributed substantially to the creation of community, cohesion, and networking among the environmental studies groups of Canada. The winner of the ECO-Award will be announced during the 2013 ESAC conference at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada.

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Conference call for papers
1st Annual INSPIRe Virtual Symposium September 22nd, 2012
International Network of Student Perspectives IResearch
Illuminating the world through student research, networking and discussion
“Exploring ability expectations through diverse disciplines and topics”
Call for Abstracts
Deadline: July 15th, 2012 (only the first 300 abstracts will be reviewed)
Adjudication to be completed by August 1st
Full podcast, poster, or paper to be submitted by August 31st
Aims of the conference
The aims of this conference are to: 1) Encourage student discussion regarding socio-cultural ability expectations 2) Provide a peer-reviewed opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their work and 3) Provide a platform for dialogue and networking—without the costs of travel and conference fees.
Why do we do this?
Our research team increasingly aims to disseminate data at conferences through virtual means, particularly given the often untenable fees for travel. We are very grateful for these opportunities; as such we envision this conference as a way to express our appreciation and to give back to the research community. In addition, we aim to provide other students an opportunity to disseminate their views and to network with us and others.
Who are we?
We are a team of inter- and trans-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate research students at the University of Calgary ( . We are researchers interested in socio-cultural ability expectations and their impacts. We investigate various topics (e.g. social robotics; emerging science and technology; energy, water and climate change security and justice; ethics; education; resilience; immigrants; meaning of health; health policy; health consumerism, among others) through an ableism lens.
What is ability studies?
Ability expectations and preferences are one dynamic through which members of a group judge others, themselves, and their lives. As researchers in ability studies, we investigate cultural aspects of ability preferences, the culture of ability preferences, and the impact of ability preferences on various levels.
Ability studies investigates: (a) the social, cultural, legal, political, ethical dimensions  by which any given ability may be judged (among others), which leads to favouring one ability over another; (b) the impact and consequence of favouring certain abilities and rejecting others; (c) the consequences of ableism in its different forms, and its relationship with and impact on other “isms”.
What does virtual mean?
The conference and all accepted contributions will be hosted online. Once all completed submissions have been received, the webpage will go live, at which point conference participants (all accepted authors) may read or listen to the material at their leisure. Attached to the conference webpage will be a discussion forum where any conference participant may post a question/comment. One week after the webpage goes live, authors will be available for questions and discussion. After the forum, conference material will be made open access for all consenting authors.
How can you participate?
Eligible submissions include preliminary or completed primary research, conceptual pieces, creative pieces, and literature reviews. Please contact the conference organizers for information regarding other formats.
Abstracts must not exceed 250 words in length.  Abstracts should included project title, aims, methods (if applicable), and statement of relevance  to conference theme.  Completed abstracts, along with the application form (to be found at should be submitted to by July 15th, 2012.
 Formats for final submissions (you can choose from):
Submission Format
1. Presentations
Podcast (audio file)
2. Posters
 Full podcast, poster, or paper to be submitted by August 31st.
Authors are asked to indicate on the application form whether they will be available for questions from conference participants on September 22nd.
Potential topics of submission:
Topics may engage a variety of social groups (e.g. disabled people, ethnic minorities, gender, socioeconomic status, immigrants, migrants, etc.) and some discussion of ability expectations. Suggestions of topics include:
·         Science and technology governance
·         Ethics
·         The human body
·         Sport
·         Human enhancements
·         Environmental justice
·         Sustainability and economics
·         Economics
·         Sustainability
·         Human security
·         Climate change
·         Energy issues
·         Water issues
·         Health science technology and health care
·         Disability studies
·         Feminist approach to ability expectations
·         Bullying
·         Media discourses and representation of various social groups
·         Racism
·         Immigrant policies
·         Education
·         Social robots
·         Prospects of artificial wombs
·         Bodybuilding
·         Future of communication technologies and abilities expectations
·         Sensor systems
·         Health consumerism
·         Privacy and health science technologies
·         Social justice
·         Equity and equality
·         Social well being
·         Social determinants of health
·         Human development
Updates of the conference will be posted on our ableism blog
Also if you have questions please email us at
This is a project of the Wolb Pack©

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ESAC Presents: Bill McKibben

Published on 23 May 2012 by in Uncategorized

ESAC Presents: Bill McKibben

ESAC is thrilled to have Bill McKibben as our keynote speaker for Congress 2012. He has been described by Time Magazine as ‘the planet’s best green journalist’ and the Boston Globe has said he was ‘probably the country’s most important environmentalist.’ He will be presenting on his reflections on the fight against climate change:  Notes from the Front – Some Reflections on the Fight Against Climate Change.

Bill McKibben was first known for his book The End of Nature (1989) that was the first book for a general audience about climate change and has been printed in more than 20 languages.

His next book, The Age of Missing Information, is a fascinating experiment where he collected everything that came across the 100 channels of one of the nation’s largest cable tv systems and spent the next year watching the collected 2, 400 hours of videotape. He then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. The book has been used widely in colleges and universities.

Since then he has published 8 more books that depict his original thinking and honest insight as well as frequently contributing to such magazines as The New York Times, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Grist Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and more.

In March 2007, he demanded action for global warming by leading a five day walk across Vermont, which some newspapers are calling the largest demonstration to date in America about climate change. Bill also founded to demand that Congress enacts curbs on carbon emissions which would cut global warming pollution by 80% by 2050. He organized Step It Up 2007 which was the largest day of protest about climate change in the nation’s history, as there were 1 400 global warming demonstrations across all of America. He founded the grassroots campaign which has coordinated 15 000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009.

He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing.

He will be beamed-in live from Middlebury, Vermont where he is a scholar in residence on May 31 from 3 to 5 pm. The session will be moderated by Stephen Bede Sharper, associate professor of environmental studies and religious studies at the University of Toronto.

Don’t miss out!


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ESAC Session Schedule: Making Ourselves Useful
 As part of the ESAC conference, please join us for the first-ever, national Canadian conference devoted to examination of the current state of environmental studies, in terms of both scholarship and teaching – May 30 and 31, University of Waterloo. As you can see from the attached agenda, themes to be discussed include: 
1. What are the current contours of this emerging body of knowledge we call “environmental studies”?
2. How can we in the university do a better job linking our understanding with the environmental action so badly needed today?
3. What is the place of the interdisciplinary environmental studies unit in the discipline-based university?
The conference is presented as part of the annual Environmental Studies of Canada Association conference, as part of the CFHSS Congress. There is no charge to attend for those registered with the Congress and ESAC – lunch May 30, wine and cheese and refreshment breaks both days are provided for delegates.
Canada and the world need environmental studies today more than ever. To meet that need, we in the field have to continually examine our own thinking and practice. The May 30-31 conference lets us do just that. See you there!
For more information contact Doug Macdonald at:
Click on ESAC Schedule 2012 to view the entire agenda in PDF.
To see more, view the PDF. 

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EcoHealth Symposium 2012

Published on 22 May 2012 by in Uncategorized

EcoHealth Symposium 2012

Special session of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada

Conference at the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

May 30th, 2012 

9:00am to 5:00pm 

EV3 4408, University of Waterloo 

A full-day event dedicated to introducing the core ideas and concepts of EcoHealth and identifying EcoHealth strategies and priorities for the future. 

Keynote from Dr. David Waltner-Toews President, Vets without Borders


1) What is EcoHealth? Panel discussion, 9:00-10:30am

2) Learning by Doing Facilitated break-out session, 10:45am-12:15pm


3) The Language of Health Animal and human health presentations, 1:30-3:00pm

4) Future Directions in EcoHealth Panel discussion and group visioning of future priorities and directions, 3:15-4:45pm 


For more information visit: 


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Join the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association on a Tour to Germany!

Join the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association <> on a unique Renewable Energy Tour in Germany from June 30 – July 8. Visit state of the art, successful Bioenergy, Solar, Wind and Hydro facilities and learn about community ownership models, financing vehicles as well as grid integration of renewables.

Special student rate for all-inclusive package now available. Only $2,184.

Register at:

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Urban Renewal Opportunity!

Published on 16 May 2012 by in Uncategorized

Urban Renewal Opportunity!

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Please continue to check back for updates as this is a tentative schedule.

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Conference Update: March 13

Published on 13 March 2012 by in Uncategorized

Conference Update: March 13

ESAC is proud of the upcoming conference that we are pulling together. It is our biggest and best yet – full of amazing and important presentations and panels that the ESAC board members are scheduling right now, thanks to our talented ESAC members.


We are thrilled to have author, educator, environmental activist Bill McKibben as keynote speaker for the ESAC Conference 2012– LIVE from Middlebury college in Vermont — and moderated by Alternatives’ “Power & the Glory” author Stephen Bede Scharper.


We are can confirm that the ESAC events will be housed at the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment with most of the activities taking place in the new EV3 building.


Conference attendees can participate in many other opportunities such as the Big Thinkers events with guest speakers such as Margaret Atwood and Thomas Homer-Dixon.


If you are coming from out of town, don’t miss out. Remember to book your rooms as space is limited and filling up quickly!  Don’t forget to invite your environmentally minded friends, colleagues and peers – you do not want to miss out on this event. For a limited time, new members of ESAC will receive a free copy of Alternatives Journal with their subscription.



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