A new chapter for Environmental Studies at McGill


Published: 14Oct2020

Landmark $15-million gift commitment from McGill alumnus Marc Bieler to the School of Environment will bolster environmental scholarship, research and outreach 

Scientists grappling with complex and seemingly unresolvable issues often refer to them as “wicked problems”. Arguably, some of the nastiest are those related to the deteriorating health of our environment.

Across McGill’s faculties and disciplines, researchers, students and administrators are tackling these problems head-on, by seeking to understand – and reverse – the widespread impact that human activity is having on our planet. They have made headway through multidisciplinary research projects in a number of key areas, including climate mitigation and ridding our oceans of plastic waste.

Now, their efforts have been given a huge boost, through a landmark $15-million philanthropic investment in the McGill School of Environment from McGill alumnus and agri-food entrepreneur Marc Bieler, DipAgr’58, BA’64. His contribution – comprised of an initial cash commitment, as well as future support from him and his estate for the next 25 years – will ensure a long, steady stream of resources for the School that will allow it to expand interdisciplinary teaching, research and experiential learning capacity. In recognition of this extraordinary gift, the School has been renamed the Bieler School of Environment.

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Un nouveau chapitre pour les études en environnement à McGill

Marc Bieler, ancien de McGill, s’engage à faire un don sans précédent de 15 millions de dollars à l’École de l’environnement pour propulser le savoir, la recherche et le rayonnement en environnement

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