Locally and globally, green infrastructure and related nature-based solutions are gaining widespread support and adoption as effective components of healthy city building and as climate adaptation strategies that contribute to the long-term economic and environmental resilience of communities.
Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Environment is offering a 12-week online professional development course from Feb. 15 – May 9, 2021:
Green Infrastructure in Urban Centres: Policy, Design and Practice.
Who is this course for?: Policy makers, sustainability managers, landscape architects, urban planners, municipal engineers and climate change, transportation and community engagement specialists at the city or regional level seeking to understand green infrastructure’s potential for managing the impacts of urbanization and climate change.
Course Overview: The four-part course provides a substantive overview of how green infrastructure (GI) systems work, the ecosystem services it can provide, the design and effective employment of GI and its potential to manage the impacts of urbanization and climate change:
- Part One – The Grey to Green Transition
- Part Two – Design and Implementation
- Part Three – Policy and Governance
- Part Four – Planning for Green Cities
The course aims to inform and foster a growing network of professionals working in related fields towards implementing GI policies and practices. For those interested in a greater understanding of the benefits, opportunities and challenges of blending nature and infrastructure, it’s a chance for professionals from jurisdictions across North America and beyond to share insights and innovations and to learn from one another.
Course Facilitator: Melina Scholefield, P. Eng., Manager, Green Infrastructure Implementation for the City of Vancouver will share her valuable insights and expertise as course facilitator. A much-in-demand speaker, Melina is the recent recipient of the 2020 Water Steward of the Year Award from the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association for her work as team lead for the City of Vancouver’s award-winning Rain City Strategy, a cross-departmental green rainwater infrastructure and urban rainwater management initiative.
Format: Online (self-paced with weekly updates)
Schedule: Feb. 15, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Duration: 30 hours over 12 weeks
Modules: 12 required modules (approximately 3 hrs./week)
Tuition: Early bird registration by Jan. 14 – $349 + GST / Regular tuition (after Jan. 14) – $399 + GST
Green Infrastructure in Urban Centres: Policy, Design and Practice is developed and offered by Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Environment’s Professional Programs and Partnerships with funding from Natural Resources Canada and the Adaptation Learning Network. The course is part of a series of courses intended to inspire climate action and improve professional capacity for climate change adaptation.