The Environmental Sciences Student Executive (ESSE) is an Official College Government Affiliate and Student Government Affiliation representing students of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences [B.Sc. (Env.)] degree program at the University of Guelph. ESSE provides social and extracurricular learning activities that promote pride and a sense of community within the program, the University, and the city of Guelph to provide resources, social activities and extracurricular learning experiences. These experiences aim to enrich students’ academic and professional careers, unify the student body, promote the program and create a sense of community for all University of Guelph students.
ESSE also provides students to sit in on meetings that take place (e-mail us to find out the time) to learn about new and upcoming activities aimed towards students in the Environmental Sciences major. Such activities in the past have included: Tours, both on and off campus (The Arboretum and even day trips to Niagara Falls and Glen Eden Ski Resort for snowtubing), Geocaching trips, and the “End of Semester Bash” held in both Fall and Winter semesters. ESSE also allows students within the B.Sc. (Env.) degree program to purchase environmentally themed merchandise (Including t-shirts, jackets, and sweaters) that are customizable to include the student’s year of graduation, specific major within the B.Sc. (Env.) program, and their initials.
Environmental Sciences students host a public Environmental Sciences Symposium each year that features world-renowned speakers and a series of environmental workshops on topics that incorporate the natural, physical and social sciences. Past speakers have included Gordon Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Dr. Michael A. Dixon, Director of the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility in Guelph, and Margaret Trudeau, honourary president, WaterCan.