Library and Reading Rooms

There are various reading and working spaces available to GESSA members as follows,

At HNES: the MES Lounge located on the 2nd floor in room 204. Come by the GESSA office or send us an email for the door code.

At Scott Library: the Graduate Reading Room (Room 409) in the Scott Library located on the 4th floor. The door code changes weekly and can be found here.

Additional Funding Sources 

As GESSA maintains an associate membership with York Graduate Student Association (YUGSA), MES student students are allowed to apply for various funding opportunities offered by YUGSA. For more information visit the YUGSA website.

For further funding support, scholarship and bursary opportunities please also see the MES awards page and the International Awards page on the FES website, and the funding page on the FGS website.

 Health and Disability Related Services

For disability related accommodations and other related information, please visit the Student Accessibility Services.

For mental health related services, please visit Student Counselling and Development (SCD).

Health Plans

GESSA members that are a part of CUPE 3903 are covered by the CUPE 3903/York University Health Plan (also referred to as the SunLife Insurance Plan). CUPE 3903 members are also entitled to apply for the extend health benefits fund which supports members with health care costs that would cause an undue financial burden and that are not covered by the Sun Life Insurance plan.

If you’re not a member of CUPE, you are automatically enrolled into the YUGSA Health and Dental plan. Please note that the YUGSA Health and Dental plan is mandatory for all full time graduate students without an alternate coverage and is optional for part time students. If you wish to opt-out of the YUGSA health plan or have any questions about it please contact their health plan office at 416-736-5213 or at


There are currently three childcare centers near the Faculty of Environmental Studies (on Keele Campus) as follows.

Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre at the (Old) Students’ Center.

York University Co-Operative Daycare at 90 Atkinson Road.

North York Sentinel Rd. YMCA Centre 453 Sentinel Road.


GESSA members that have a GA or TA position at York University are automatically part of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903 (or commonly referred to as CUPE 3903) for more information on union related benefits, protections, and services please visit the CUPE 3903 website.

Thinking about employment? The career centre offers information and workshops. For more information visit the Career Centre website.

 Academic Resources

Detailed information on the MES program.

Did you know MES has a writing tutor specific to our program? Contact Ray Bennett (

Need help expressing your research? Try the Wild Garden Media Centre.

Interested in participating in a student run journal? Check out UnderCurrents.

For research related information please see the Environmental Studies Research Guide.

Other Resources

Computing information at York University can be found here.

Printing can be found at HNES and other departmental buildings at York University through the Papercut online system using your Passport York Login credentials . Additionally the YFS Printing Centre also offers printing at affordable prices on campus.