Sustainability is a six-syllable word with a dozen definitions. All organizations, however they define sustainability, need to incorporate it into their practices—but there are several challenges. One is developing community systems that promote balance, which requires thinking and acting across several different disciplines and sectors.
Another sustainability challenge is today’s economy. As decision-makers think about cost savings and the bottom line, funding for sustainability planning and programming may disappear—but sustainability doesn’t need to. It just needs to look different. It might not even be called sustainability.
Turn sustainability ideas into reality with SFU training
SFU’s part-time Sustainable Community Development Certificate is ideal if you're a mid-career professional and you'd like to implement sustainable development practices in your community. Our students come from many backgrounds and professions, but they’re all current and future leaders who are committed to championing sustainability and creating positive change.
Through case studies, lectures, small-group discussion, field trips, and assignments, you'll learn to translate principles into action using solutions and strategies that advance all six areas of community capital—physical, ecological, social, human, cultural and economic—while focusing on tactful, strategic approaches to ensuring sustainability stays relevant in the eyes of community leaders and members.