Applications in Sustainable Community Development

Be inspired by this showcase of best-practice applications of sustainability principles on the ground, and strategize ways to incorporate lessons to projects in your community. Through field trips, bus tours, presentations by project champions, and dialogue with classmates, you’ll explore how sustainability principles have been brought to life (or not) in a variety of projects and ventures.


This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 2 TBA $650.00 25 -

* This course is available as part of the Sustainable Community Development Certificate (core course) and on an individual basis.

What will I learn?

In this course, you’ll do the following:

  • Explore the sustainability achievements of the Olympic Village, including brown field remediation, green infrastructure, energy efficiency, on-site storm water treatment, heritage conservation, habitat restoration, and sustainable transportation
  • Learn about sustainable food production at the Earthwise Farm
  • Explore zero waste strategies at The Vancouver Landfill
  • Compare two stream daylighting efforts at Still Creek
  • Visit Mole Hill, an innovative community redevelopment incorporating affordable housing, community gardens, sustainability features, and heritage conservation
  • Learn about SOLEfood Farm, a food-growing operation on a parking lot in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that provides jobs for marginalized people

Site visits change each year and include extensive walking tours.

Download a sample course agenda (pdf).

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Field trips and walking tours
  • Small group discussions with project champions

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, architects, and landscape architects
  • Engineers, developers, builders, and real-estate professionals
  • Elected officials
  • Transportation professionals
  • Staff of non-profit organizations
  • Biologists, agrologists, and other environmental professionals
  • Local, provincial, and federal government administrators and project managers
  • Lawyers, financiers, and community advocates
  • Current and future leaders committed to creating positive change

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade, either pass or fail, will be based on participation.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.


SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development