Ecological Planning and Sustainable Design

In this course, you’ll learn about integrating ecological planning and sustainability into the urban design process. We’ll examine ecological planning through three themes: process, systems, and change.

You’ll develop your site evaluation skills using techniques that help uncover hidden assets in underlying natural resources. We’ll also explore concepts like net environmental gain and eco-economics using green and brown field case studies.

Note: You will have up to two months to complete the take-home assignment once the course ends.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 2 Frank Ducote
Michael von Hausen
Thomas Mueller
Randall Sharp
$700.00 39 Register

What will I learn?

In this course, you’ll do the following:

  • Review the state of ecological planning and sustainable urban design, green building, smart growth and alternative development standards
  • Describe the five components of eco-planning (water, soil, vegetation, air and wildlife) as part of the overall ecological system
  • Apply an integrated process to introduce effective ecological planning strategies into sustainable urban design projects
  • Develop skills in site reading through review of specific projects
  • Learn to utilize the natural assets of the site in an economic, cultural and environmentally responsible manner
  • Discuss current innovations in regulations and process that showcase the potential of ecological planning
  • Review the barriers, opportunities and incentives for action through case studies

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Small group discussions
  • Applied exercises
  • Group presentations
  • Assignments

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, architects and landscape architects
  • Engineers, real estate developers and building technicians
  • Elected officials and local government administrators
  • NGO staff, financiers and lawyers
  • Community organizers and advocates

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on a take-home assignment.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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