Climate Action in Smaller Communities

Often, news about climate action focuses on big cities. This course is for the rest of us. Smaller communities -- whether Indigenous, municipal, or unincorporated -- have an important role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Smaller communities also face some of the biggest challenges from climate change, including both environmental and economic impacts to resource-based and other communities. Together we will learn how to assess the strengths, challenges, and resources in your community, find funding sources to help you, and incorporate these into a successful plan to reduce climate impacts and build resiliency.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
 6 weeks
Tuition: $699
Can be applied to:
Climate Action Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateWed, May 7, 2025
  • Wed, May 7 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, May 14 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, May 21 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, May 28 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Jun 4 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Jun 11 (self-paced all week)
Seats Available30

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Assess the strengths and challenges of different types of smaller communities in Canada
  • Analyze and integrate the information provided by greenhouse gas inventories and appropriate climate action frameworks into effective actions for your community 
  • Describe climate risks facing each type of community and their corresponding adaptation mechanisms and responses
  • Examine different sources and types of funding mechanisms to help communities plan and implement actions
  • Create a high-level action plan for moving toward climate resiliency

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend about 8 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading, videos, online discussions and skill-building activities
  • Optional: Meet online with the class and instructor or guest speaker as scheduled by the instructor (recording available)

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

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.

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