Are you passionate about the environment, with a strong belief in sustainable practices? In this unique, post-graduate program you will learn to develop and implement innovative waste management plans and strategies based on new and emerging technologies and concepts.
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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Waste is one of the leading problems of our time – increasing waste volumes, increasing severity of impact and costs of waste management and the challenge of managing waste in developing countries and emerging markets are causing a dramatic shift in waste management practices within Ontario and world-wide. Countries around the globe are moving towards a circular economy and waste has to be dealt with in new, innovative ways rather than simply sending it to landfill. The new Waste-Free Ontario Act makes producers responsible for their waste management. Failure to take action in managing waste has economic, environmental, social as well as health and safety implications, including toxic discharge leading to pollution, increased greenhouse gas emissions, increased frequency of illnesses, and the loss of valuable resources.
The Waste Resource Management - Environmental program is being offered exclusively at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences - it is the only college program in Ontario that is focused on building advanced knowledge and skills in sustainable waste management.
Course work includes projects with community and industry partners. A five-week field placement will enable you to network with those already in the industry and explore your interests within the field.
Employment opportunities are growing, in public and private organizations, especially in industries where waste management impacts the bottom line, and contributes to environmental responsibility and stewardship. Opportunities exist provincially, nationally and internationally. The 2013 ECO Canada Profile of Canadian Employment labour market research study indicates that 25.1% of environmental employees - the highest proportion - were working in the Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services sector. Indications are that graduates with this skill set will be in high demand.
Regarding salary information, ECO Canada Career Profiles states: “A waste management specialist in an entry level position makes an average of $55,000 per year in Canada. With several years of education and experience, waste management specialists can make between $78,000 and $88,000 per year.”
Typical job titles include:
Program outcomes and typical job duties include:
The Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD) is an option available to students in this program. To qualify for an IPD, you must take and successfully complete a series of required Indigenous Studies courses as well as participate in a minimum of four approved co-curricular Indigenous events or experiences. Your transcript will indicate the IPD upon graduation, a designation that provides you with a comprehensive understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories, traditions, and contributions to our shared society within the context of your program of study. The IPD provides a valuable skill set sought after in today's employment sector.
Students applying to Waste Resource Management - Environmental must meet the following requirements: