Environmental well-being

Reciprocal relationship between the self and the natural and social environments

A caterpillar crawls along a branch toward a hand holding a leaf

The environments in which we live, work, learn and play should be safe, stimulating, and supportive. Exposure to positive social and natural environments is associated with reduced stress and improved mental and physical health. As active participants within these environments, we are responsible for creating space where harmful dialogue and actions are not supported and reducing our waste and use of harmful products.

Support your environmental well-being

Review what you are currently doing to protect the environment and learn what you can do to reduce your negative impact.

Reflect on what surroundings make you feel good and how you can improve the ones that don’t.

Support fellow students by educating yourself on how to become an effective bystander.

Spend time in “green space” on the quad, at the park, or in our surrounding recreation areas to support your physical and mental health.


  • Do I have a safe environment where I can go and feel comfortable and stress free?
  • Do I spend time in the outdoors or other relaxing and peaceful environments?
  • Do I surround myself with things that make me feel good (i.e. art, an aromatic scent, soothing sounds)?
  • Do I have space or area in which I study, complete projects and feel productive?
  • Do I take measures to keep hazardous materials in a place where they do not present a health risk?
  • Am I willing to speak up about my boundaries if they are crossed and it has the potential to negatively impact my wellness?
  • Do I maintain the safety standards of my appliances and vehicles, and make efforts to protect myself in hazardous situations?
  • Am I environmentally conscious and take measure to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose when possible?
  • Do I take time to appreciate my surroundings?
  • Do I feel I have control over my physical safety?