Renewable Energy Transition Strategies Practical Innovations for Urban Areas




September 13th - December 6th, 2019


12 weeks, with one module per week.
Three hours per module (approximately).


There are 12 required modules.


$375.00 + GST


Program Director, Joanna Ashworth

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.


This course is designed for local government staff, elected officials, researchers, and individuals from the private sector and civil society organizations concerned about their energy future.  


It's cutting-edge, with the top instructors in a somewhat niche field in Canada. And the reading materials presented were well curated...
NGO Utilities

Excellent for understanding basics of energy infrastructure, governance, funding and other implementation issues.
- Energy Consultant

The [on-line] format is perfect for someone with a full time career, looking to better understand how they can navigate their community towards RE.
- Environmental NGO Leader

Technical Requirements


You’ll access the courses through Canvas, our learning management system, which is available through the SFU website. Canvas is extremely user-friendly—even if you’ve never studied online before. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and a headset. Additionally, we’re always here to help if you have questions.

You may log into Canvas beginning on the first day of each course. For a list of Canvas-supported operating systems and web browsers, visit our supported web browsers page. To learn more about Canvas, visit the SFU Canvas Student Guide.

Once you are registered, you will be given more specific information about how to log in to Canvas.