Ecological Planning and Sustainable Design

In this course, you’ll learn about integrating ecological planning and sustainability into the urban design process. We’ll examine ecological planning through three themes: process, systems, and change.

You’ll develop your site evaluation skills using techniques that help uncover hidden assets in underlying natural resources. We’ll also explore concepts like net environmental gain and eco-economics using green and brown field case studies.

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 2 Michael von Hausen $650.00 27 Register

This course is available as part of the Urban Design Certificate (core course) and on an individual basis.

For campus-based courses, registration may close up to one week before the course begins.  

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

In this course, you’ll do the following:

  • Review the state of ecological planning and sustainable urban design, green building, smart growth and alternative development standards
  • Describe the five components of eco-planning (water, soil, vegetation, air and wildlife) as part of the overall ecological system
  • Apply an integrated process to introduce effective ecological planning strategies into sustainable urban design projects
  • Develop skills in site reading through review of specific projects
  • Learn to utilize the natural assets of the site in an economic, cultural and environmentally responsible manner
  • Discuss current innovations in regulations and process that showcase the potential of ecological planning
  • Review the barriers, opportunities and incentives for action through case studies

View a sample course agenda (PDF)

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Small group discussions
  • Applied exercises
  • Group presentations
  • Assignments

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, architects and landscape architects
  • Engineers, real estate developers and building technicians
  • Elected officials and local government administrators
  • NGO staff, financiers and lawyers
  • Community organizers and advocates

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on a take-home assignment.

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.

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