Posted on May 11, 2016 by Christopher Thrall

On April 27, Augustana Extended Education hosted its fifth unique course in the five-course Sustainability 101 program.

L to R: Corinne McGirr, County of Vermilion River Economic Development Officer, AEE Program Coordinator Kelaine Brand, and Laurie Watt, Kneehill County Director of Municipal Services

L to R: Corinne McGirr, County of Vermilion River Economic Development Officer, AEE Program Coordinator Kelaine Brand, and Laurie Watt, Kneehill County Director of Municipal Services

On April 27, 2016 Augustana Extended Education (AEE) hosted its fifth unique course in the five-course Sustainability 101 program.

While many of the program’s ‘students’ are just beginning their sustainability journeys with AEE and many more are close to completing all 5 courses, the two course attendees pictured here participated in their fifth and final course to ‘graduate’ from the program. Congratulations to Corinne and Laurie on being the first to complete Sustainability 101 and earn their Certificates in Rural Sustainability!

Launched in the summer of 2015, Sustainability 101 was designed to support increased knowledge, capacity, and skills for sustainability in rural communities through a series of five full-day courses, where each course was built to reflect upon one pillar of sustainability. In just under one year, the full program came to life. Governance for Sustainability, Cultural Sustainability, Economics & Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Sustainability classes were developed and delivered by instructors well practiced in matters of rural sustainability, to classes of 12-36 participants.

“Completing all 5 courses has given me a much higher understanding of Rural Sustainability and has further refined my awareness of the intricacies between each of the components,” said Corinne McGirr, Economic Development Officer from the County of Vermillion, after completing her fifth course. “It will be much easier to move forward with future sustainability planning with this new toolbox of information.”

Through short lectures, individual and group analyses of case studies, facilitated class discussions and community networking, the Sustainability 101 courses focus on the nature, origins, relevance and application of the core and complex concepts that comprise sustainability and community development. The program provides opportunities to not only increase community and organizational capacity, but to address the broader challenges and dynamics of community sustainability, planning, rural/provincial governance and government, as well as the shifting emphasis upon partnerships, collaboration and competition as overarching principles for rural decision-making.

Course details, instructor biographies, and the schedule of upcoming courses can be found online.


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