Workshops and short courses

Date: April 6th - June 28th 2020
Format: ONLINE
Price: $375.00
Duration: Twelve weeks, three hours per module (approximately).

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 not easy 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 interrelated 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.

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
Time: 9:30AM - 3:00PM (**Lunch included)
*Cost: $200.00; $50.00 (NGOs, community groups and graduate students)
*An important note:

We are pleased to offer discounted seats to registered NGOs, community groups and graduate students. Email to see if you qualify before you register as we cannot apply the discounts retroactively.

Location: Diamond Alumni Club (lower), SFU, University Drive East, Burnaby, BC

In 2007, cities officially became home to most of the world’s people. In the same year, the Oxford Dictionary chose “locavore” (someone who champions local and localized foods) as word of the year. Bestsellers of that year included The Omivore’s Dilemma, The Delicious Revolution and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Later that year, food prices began a rapid global rise and led to the first among over 40 riots.

Global cities and food came into their own at the same time. The destinies of food and cities have been joined at the hip ever since. The discussion can no longer be confined to food’s impact in the city. Food now has an impact on the city. Equally, the city has its own impact on food. In the same way that modern communication is “of” the web, and not simply on the web, food is becoming “of the city.”

This workshop will outline six ways that food can transform cities and institutions. The day’s activities will include formal presentations and discussions as well as networking and brainstorming opportunities. “Learning journey” techniques employed during the day will provide empowering possibilities for interdisciplinary listening and learning about creative approaches to food and cities. Dr. Roberts’ specialty (anti-specialty, actually) is the linking of analysis, policy and practice. In showing how food connects us all, he will showcase the potential for disruptive innovation, and also for creative construction.

There is a growing understanding of the importance of a “whole of government” approach and an inclusive “whole of society” perspective on the world. To that, Wayne adds a “whole of economy,” a “whole of food” and “whole of policy,” as well as a “whole of human personality” perspective. All together, they become a whole new way of thinking about the role of food in the city.

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