A joint initiative of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Science, the McGill School of Environment (MSE) aims to stimulate students' passions for life-long learning, their confidence in questioning established norms, their ingenuity and openness to new ideas, and their ability to communicate and contribute effectively in all situations. We believe that these goals will be best achieved through repeated opportunities to witness, experience, and participate in diverse academic approaches. We believe that individual achievement will be maximized by assuming inherent capacity and by recognizing that not all students learn the same way. Finally, we believe that major research achievements will emerge out of a dynamic, interactive community where dialogue occurs among engaged students, staff, and faculty from all disciplines. Thus, the MSE approach is student-centered. We strive to achieve a fully integrated, transdisciplinary understanding of problems and solutions to the many and interdependent environmental crises in a manner that bridges the social sciences and humanities with the natural and applied sciences.