The global transition to renewable energy is gaining momentum, and cities and local governments are at the forefront of this movement. However, the transition to renewable energy is not easy and requires moving forward collaboratively with businesses, governments, and the public. Municipal leaders need to be equipped with practical knowledge to work effectively in partnerships across sectors.
SFU's Faculty of Environment is offering a 12-week online professional development course, Renewable Energy Transition Strategies: Practical Innovations for Urban Areas.
Who is this course for?
Now in its 4th year, the 30-hour self-directed course is designed for local government staff, researchers, and professionals from the private sector and civil society organizations concerned about their energy future. The course will be particularly informative for those in management and leadership roles across a range of professions.
"I would really recommend this course for all my colleagues who work in the public sector.” - Landcape Architect
This interdisciplinary course is a primer for those involved in leading a transition to renewable energy (RE) at the community and regional level. The course includes curated readings, videos, and learning activities designed to enhance understanding of core concepts, critical questions, and evolving best practices. A range of inter-related topics will be covered in 12 modules, including:
- the global context for renewable energy transitions;
- energy efficiency in buildings;
- sustainable transportation;
- renewable energy literacy;
- communicating with and engaging stakeholders, and,
- resources for continued learning
Andrea Reimer–who served three terms on Vancouver City Council and as a director of the Metro Vancouver Regional District, including as the vice-chair of the Climate Action Committee–returns as moderator. As Vancouver’s first permanent Deputy Mayor, she took the lead on many transformative policy initiatives including, the plan to make Vancouver the world’s Greenest City and the Renewable City Strategy to transition Vancouver to 100% renewable energy. Nationally she was one of five elected officials appointed to the GreenMunicipal Fund to oversee the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) $625 million green infrastructure granting program. Andrea is also a member of the World Future Council where she co-chairs the Climate and Sustainability Committee.
Format: Online (self-paced with weekly updates)
Modules: 12 modules (approximately 3 hours/week)
Tuition: $399 + GST (Early bird registration by March 31 = $349 + GST
Renewable Energy Transition Strategies: Practical Innovations for Urban Areas, is developed and offered by SFU Faculty of Environment’s Professional Programs & Partnership. The course is part of a series of courses intended to inspire climate action and improve professional capacity for climate change adaptation.