Introduction to Sustainable Cities
Cities are at the centre of the global sustainability challenge: both sites of intense resource consumption and places of creative invention and solutions implementation.
In this course, you will be introduced to the basic challenges and principles of sustainable urban planning and design as well as survey the field's most influential tools used at different spatial scales from a city-region to a single building. Using climate change-related mitigation and adaptation examples used in Metro Vancouver, you will learn about key dimensions of climate action and ecological knowledge and how they can be incorporated into planning and design.
- Mon, Apr 8, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
- Mon, Apr 15, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
- Mon, Apr 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
- Mon, Apr 29, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
What you will learn
After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:
- Identify the basic principles of sustainable urban planning and design
- Interpret and comment on sustainability goals in practice
- Describe the applicability of sustainable city practices across different spatial scales
How you will learn and be evaluated
- Expect instructor-led presentations and class discussions
- Prepare to discuss, debate and formulate your own opinions
- Plan to access online materials and resources
You will be evaluated on:
- In-class workshop exercises (Pass or Fail)
Who should take this course?
This introductory course is for both professionals and engaged citizens with an interest in learning about sustainable cities.
No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.
For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.
Professional development credits
AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.