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Sustainability Education Research Guide

A research portal to sustainability resources at Humber and beyond.

Introduction

Humber River with surrounding treesDefinition:

The natural environment encompasses all living and non-living things occurring naturally, meaning in this case not artificial. This environment encompasses the interaction of all living species (biotic elements) and abiotic elements such as air and water that affect human survival and economic activity. Examples of interactions between biotic and abiotic elements include plants getting mineral from the soil and using the sunlight to grow food (Johnson et al., 1997).

Areas of interest can include: 
Water
Natural Resources
Land

What is Humber Doing?
The Humber Arboretum consists of 250 acres of public gardens and natural areas and it offers various programs to students at Humber College as well as the public. The Arboretum also has a "Bird Garden" in partnership with Birds Canada, and has policies in place for the protection of the natural environment. 

The Humber Pond Revitalization Project plays a vital role in managing runoff water from the North campus before it reaches the Humber river. 

The Colonel Samuel Smith Park is situated south of the Lakeshore cottages and is known to be one of Toronto's most green spaces. It is home to a variety of plants, trees, birds and other wildlife. 

Resources

Featured Topic: Water