After a sold out summer pilot session, the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus will be expanding Sustainability 101, a series of new professional education courses to address the need for leading edge skill development and training in rural and municipal settings.
“Rural communities have a long history of creativity, but also of asking big questions, of their citizens and their governments. We hope these courses can provide some additional capacity in that regard – these are the big challenges that rural communities now face”, explains Lars Hallström, Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities.
The Governance for Sustainability pilot, offered this past July at full capacity, was the first in a series of 1-day short courses designed to support the increased knowledge and skills that enhance sustainability in rural communities. Based upon a 5-pillar model of sustainability (Governance, Economic, Environmental, Social, and Cultural), these courses will provide community members, representatives of both non-government and business sectors, elected officials, and municipal administrators, with the opportunity to learn how to develop tangible skills that address the broader challenges faced by communities and organizations when planning for sustainability.
The second course in the Sustainability 101 series, Economics & Sustainability, is scheduled for October 29, and will focus on developing an understanding of economic sustainability and organizational impact. Due to popular demand, Governance for Sustainability will be offered again on November 25, and will provide participants with key strategies and decision-making tools to manage sustainability in rural/provincial governments as well as in partnerships and business collaborations. The three remaining short courses in the series, Environmental Sustainability, Social Sustainability and Cultural Sustainability, will follow in early 2016.
Sustainability 101 falls under the umbrella of the new Augustana Extended Education (AEE) program. Utilizing Augustana’s liberal arts and sciences faculty expertise through intensive, open enrolment short courses, seminars, and certificate programs, AEE programs are designed for professionals from every sector who seek to expand their skills at a top 5 Canadian University.
Additional AEE programs are in development. To find out more information about Augustana Extended Education, or to enroll in one or more of the courses in the Sustainability 101 series, visit www.augustana.ualberta.ca/extended_education.
About Augustana Campus: Offering four year Bachelor Degree Programs in Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Fine Arts, Management and combined Science/Education from one of the Top 5 Universities in Canada, the 100-year-old Augustana Campus in Camrose is committed to providing over 1,000 students with a high quality, undergraduate education every year.