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The Faculty of Environment’s Professional Programs offers dynamic, evidence-based programs for environmental managers and organizational leaders.

For more details on each of these offerings and to register go to our Workshops and Short Courses page.

For information on the limited bursaries available as well as discounts for registrants from the same organization please contact:

Dr. Joanna Ashworth, Program Director @

Natural Resources Planning Using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation

Date:                   Friday, September 22, 2017, 9am to 5pm

Location:              Vancouver Campus (Harbor Centre), 515 West Hastings St.

Details:                 The Open Standards process increases team unity and long-term efficiency and effectiveness in achieving and measuring the success of conservation interventions. This class helps you to answer the question: “are we doing the right things and are we doing them well?”.

Instructors:           Abby Hook, MSc (Hydrology), is a Consultant and educator who uses conservation action planning and the Open Standards for Conservation as frameworks to design local ecosystem recovery programs. Emily Gonzales, PhD (Ecology), is a National Ecological Restoration Specialist with Parks Canada.


Renewable Energy Transition Strategies: Practical Innovations for Urban Areas

Date:                    Runs from October 1 to December 8, 2017

Location:              Online

Details:                 A course for local government staff, elected officials, researchers and individuals from the private sector and civil society concerned about their energy future. This interdisciplinary course is a primer in how to lead a municipal-level renewable energy transition strategy.

Instructors:           Moderated online by renewable energy experts Michael Small, Betsy Agar, Keane Gruending, Kathryn Sheps, as well as special guest experts who will participate in regular scheduled live chats.


Understanding Environmental Assessment Today: Cases and Issues

Date:                   Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9am to 4pm

Location:              Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Room 420

Details:                 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.  EA has come to the forefront of the public consciousness with controversial megaprojects such as the recent pipeline expansions. This has led to significant public protest and debate about benefits, adverse effects, and the process itself. As a consequence, many people are interested in learning more about the EA process so that they might understand it better or prepare themselves to participate effectively in it. Build your knowledge on current EA cases and issues.

Instructor:            Chris Joseph, MRM, PhD, is Principal of Swift Creek Consulting and is also Senior Socio-economic Specialist at Canada’s largest engineering firm, SNC Lavalin.

There are only two weeks left to apply for our Natural Resources Planning course. Apply today!!