Workshops & Short Courses

Integrating Sustainability into Organizations

This series of workshops is for managers and organizational leaders in organizations responsible for integrating sustainability into their systems and operations. These workshops are taught at SFU's Vancouver campus by leading experts, including SFU faculty, and offer theory with practical tools for embedding sustainability into public sector agencies, small business and not-for-profit enterprises.

Online Course
October 1 - December 10, 2017

The global transition to renewable energy is gaining momentum, and cities and local governments are at the forefront of this movement. The number of municipalities around the world setting ambitious 100% renewable energy targets is growing, with some cities in the US and Europe having already met this goal. However, the transition to renewable energy is no easy task and it requires moving forward collaboratively with businesses, governments, and the public. City leaders need to be equipped with practical knowledge to work effectively in partnerships across sectors.

By highlighting foundational first actions, this interdisciplinary course will help provide the knowledge and perspective needed to confidently lead a municipal- level renewable energy transition.

The course covers a range of inter-related topics including the global context for renewable energy transitions, energy efficiency in buildings, sustainable transportation, renewable energy literacy, communicating with and engaging stakeholders, and resources for continued learning. This course is designed for local government staff, elected officials, researchers, and individuals from the private sector and civil society organizations concerned about their energy future.

More information here

Workshop Leader: Chris Joseph
One-day workshop for environmental professionals
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Environmental assessment (EA) is a process of examining the potential effects of an undertaking, such as a mine, bridge, or even a government policy change. Despite the name, EA typically covers not just potential biophysical effects of an undertaking but also social, community, economic, health, heritage, cultural, or even other types of effects.

This workshop is intended to support this interest. The workshop is geared towards environmental professionals with at least a basic understanding of the EA process and strives to build greater knowledge, including with respect to current issues in EA.

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Instructors: Abby Hook and Emily Gonzales
One-day workshop
Friday, September 22, 2017

Do you wish your organization was more unified and focused on achieving real conservation of the natural places that you love? Would it be valuable for you to be able to show measurable progress toward achieving your group goals? Do you want to be effective, not just busy? If you answered yes to these questions, your group would benefit by developing a strategic plan based on time-tested principles used by conservation professionals around the world. These principles are embodied in a suite of standards collectively known as the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Open Standards).

This workshop will introduce concepts for collaborative strategic planning that results in environmental gain and human well being. Participants will be introduced to the five-step adaptive management framework: Open Standards. Read about Open Standards in the context of urban environmental planning here.

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Want to attend, but can't afford the tuition? We have a limited number of scholarships for participants from non profits, community organizations, students and underemployed that are granted at the descretion of the program director. Please contact Joanna Ashworth directly at with a brief request and rationale for consideration.