The department envisions that Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary subject combining ecosystem processes and human activities. The understanding of knowledge and skills acquired through studying Environmental Science is critical to the attainment of sustainable development for sound environmental management.
The mission of the Department is to make people aware of the hazards of environmental pollution and offer viable solutions to these problems. MPhil Environmental Engineering degree has been introduced to provide the professional engineers with the opportunities to develop a greater competency in major areas of Environmental Engineering. Courses for the degrees offered at the Department including BS Environmental Science, MPhil Environmental Science, MPhil Environmental Engineering and PhD Environmental Science have been designed to deliver a sound theoretical knowledge and practical expertise of scientific and engineering principles that would enable graduates to effectively address the local to global environmental issues.
The degree programs offered at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering bridge the gap between various disciplines. The challenges of 21st century would require advance research and activities in the field of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. It is, therefore, necessary to develop the research facilities in order to cope with future demands. The department is engaged in multidisciplinary research. Researchers of this department are exploiting the phenomena of phytoremediation, biodegradation, wastewater treatment, and climate change among others. Phytoremediation is a low cost cleanup technique comprising direct use of living green plants for in-situ (in place) removal of contaminants from soils and surface waters. Biodegradation is the chemical dissolution of materials by bacteria, fungi, or other biological means. Wastewater treatment is possible through UASB (Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor). Climate change is variability in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when the change lasts for an extended period of time. In other words, it may refer to a change in average weather conditions. Odd weather patterns cause shifting of seasons, weather complexities, and resultantly high values of Heat Index.For climate change research, development, and outreach (community awareness), GCUF collaborates with its national and international partners including PARC-Islamabad, ICIMOD (Nepal), TERI (India), BCAS (Bangladesh), ALTERRA of Wageningen University of the Netherlands. Heat stress has direct effects on human health. Health studies which derive a relation between health and heat usually make use of temperatures recorded at standardised locations outside city limits. In general, they do not cover the conditions in which the most vulnerable people, the urban and rural poor people, actually live in. Due to the Urban Heat Island effect, urban areas are exposed to higher levels of heat than the people living in surrounding rural areas. In addition, indoor temperatures can differ greatly from outdoor temperatures. In order to generate weather data for true urban environments, the temperatures must be recorded within the urban locations. The existing two weather stations in Faisalabad (one at the airport and the other at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad) do not generate true urban environmental data rather they produce agricultural scenarios.