Sustainability, Of Course

I am an instructor for this SFU certificate program. My colleague Nina Winham and I developed and deliver the Applications Course – essentially a three day mobile workshop looking at real life cases and talking to experts along the way. The program is a joint offering from the Centre for Sustainable Community Development and City Program. In past classes, we have had “insider” tours of the 2010 Olympic Village as it was being built and an amazingly close up look at the Choi Building. Although some may call it an “outdated” green building, it continues to impress. There is nothing like taking a peek into the compost toilet “depository” in the dungeon with the person who oversaw its design and construction. The building, not the toilet. It was Freda Pagani, by the way, former director of the UBC Office of Sustainability. If you’ve been contemplating a sustainability course, I would encourage you to consider this one. It’s getting rave reviews!

Sustainable Community Development Certificate

For Mid-career professionals.


“Policy makers, politicians and staff should be attending the Sustainable Community Development Program at SFU. It is a collection of teachings that are informative and timely for our changing landscapes, presenting best practices that are being utilized by large cities, small rural communities and business to address their role in a sustainable future.”

Al Hogarth, Councillor, District of Maple Ridge

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A flexible program comprised of eight 2- and 3-day intensive courses over 10-18 months. Apply by August 30. Cohorts complete six core courses:

  1. Foundation in Sustainable Community Development
  2. Applications in Sustainable Community Development
  3. Sustainable Economics for the Real World
  4. Making Change Happen: Building Commitment to Create Sustainability
  5. Integrating Social Dimensions into Sustainability
  6. Sustainable Community Development Studio

And two electives from this list:

  1. Strategic Decision-Making for Sustainable Results
  2. Communicating Sustainability for Awareness, Accountability, and Action
  3. Urban Transportation: Planning and Designing for Sustainability
  4. Leading Edge Solutions to House Everyone
  5. Tackling Climate Change – Going Carbon Neutral and Beyond
  6. Green Economy Frontiers and Opportunities

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