Sustainable Communities

Pro­vides a brief intro­duc­tion to land use plan­ning the­o­ry, law, and process­es. Envi­ron­men­tal, eco­nom­ic and social dimen­sions of sus­tain­abil­i­ty will be dis­cussed using an inte­grat­ed frame­work of var­i­ous forms of com­mu­ni­ty cap­i­tal. Stu­dents will also exam­ine gov­er­nance and deci­sion-mak­ing through the per­spec­tive of sustainability.

Course at a glance
  • Aimed at individuals interested in moving into higher level responsibilities in the local government field; our student body includes municipal government employees in planning, corporate services, economic development, operations, finance, and more.
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Participate in online discussions with peers from all over Canada and expand your professional network.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of sustainable development and sustainable communities with reference to the social, economic, and environmental foundations upon which they are based.
  • Describe how sustainability should be integrated into local government decision-making processes.
  • Demonstrate how sustainable communities act to address the key determinants of health and well-being.
  • Analyze how municipalities can reduce the harmful or unsustainable effects of a community on its natural environment.
  • Discuss the reasons economic and fiscal analysis needs to be part of decision-making for the development of sustainable communities.
  • Outline the steps in an effective monitoring, evaluation, and indicators (MEI) planning process.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

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