Institute for Environmental Sustainability

At IES, we share a passion for environmental sustainability.  While definitions of sustainability vary, they are consistent in consideration of both present and future environmental, social and economic facets.  We consider environmental sustainability through interdisciplinary research, scholarship, student learning, and community engagement.  We believe in collaboration both within MRU and with external partners to address complex sustainability issues.

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Our Commitment

The IES acts as a facilitator and catalyst for interdisciplinary research on sustainability. The IES is committed to engaging with students and researchers across the full spectrum of academic disciplines at Mount Royal University. We also aim to strengthen and expand our partnerships with industry, government and non-government agencies and institutions in the region.

Check out IES's current projects and initiatives here.


IES in the News


Check out some of the MRU News Stories IES and our researchers are featured in!

"MRU appoints former IES Director - Dr. Connie Van der Byl" as Associate Vice-President of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement

IES host 2023 World Wetlands Day with the theme Wetlands Restoration

"Exploring the opportunities, challenges of Net Zero Economy" Jorden Dye discusses the future facing Alberta

"Johnson Lake Drained" Dr. Mee discusses the impact of whirling disease on Alberta Trout populations

"皇家山的机构 ... exposed" Check out this piece on MRU's Institutes

"Research and Scholarship Days reveal campus's cutting-edge thoughts" each year, the IES provides an award to one student project related to environmental sustainability.

"Students hosting energy summit SevenGen 2019" The IES was one of the supporters of this exciting event!

"Seed to runway" IES helped support this event and helps fund Braden Etzerza's food insecurity research.

"Seeing Hawai'i in a new light" IES helped sponsor one of the field trips during this unique field school experience!

"Groundbreaking new collective will improve Canada's beloved parks" learn more about the CPCIL here!



The main goal of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability is to support multi and inter disciplinary research in environmental sustainability led by Mount Royal full time faculty.Faculty often include undergraduate Mount Royal student researchers on projects.These students benefit greatly from this experience with many continuing on to graduate school. Learn more here.

Check out our videos.Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL)

Funded by the Canadian Parks Council, led by IES, and in collaboration with several other institutions, the CPCIL comprises programming and research that will support parks and protected areas, leadership and communities of practice across Canada. Learn more about CPCIL or check out the MRU Story about this new collective!


Recent Publications

Van der Byl, C., Slawinski, N., & Hahn, T. (2020). Responsible management of sustainability tensions: A paradoxical approach to grand challenges. In Research Handbook of Responsible Management. Edward Elgar Publishing. Available Here.

Swallow, Mather J.B., and O'Sullivan, Gwen. (2018). Biomimicry of vascular plants as a means of saline soil remediation. Science of the Total Environment,  Volume 655, (pp. 84-91). Available Here.

Liboiron, A., Garbutt, K., Moorman, L., Hill, D., and Panesar, N. (2018). Spatial Data Collection for Citizen Science: Developing Collector Applications with ArcGIS - Manual and Tutorials (pp. 118) (Instruction Manual). Available online via the MRU Library Repository.

Van der Byl, C., and Grogaard, B. (2018). Risk Management and Adaptation in Oil and Gas Commodity Resource Markets. Contribution in "Managing Natural Resources Organizational Strategy, Behaviour and Dynamics" Reserve your copy now.

Learn about more publications here.

External Funding Opportunities for Environmental Sustainability Research

Government of Canada Grants

Environmental Damages Fund - Currently Closed

NSERC Grants - Various Deadlines          

阿尔伯塔省创新资金 - various deadlines

CAWST - Multiple external funding opportunities are open for submission globally.        

SSHRC Grants              

             Connection Grants - deadline May 1, 2023 (8 pm eastern)

             Insight Grants - deadline October 1, 2022

             Partnership Engage Grants