Canada is not on track to meet its 2030 target of reducing GHG emissions by 30% below 2005 levels, despite implementing several climate policies and initiatives. At the provincial level, British Columbia has set a target of a 40% reduction below 2007 levels by 2030 and, while it has made progress, much more needs to be done to achieve long-term climate goals.
A key opportunity to achieving these time-sensitive targets is building the capacity of local governments, businesses and civil society to initiate climate action within their sphere of influence.
The UBC Micro-certificate in Climate Action Planning: Foundations, Finance and Implementation is a part-time program that helps policy makers, planners and industry players gain the knowledge, skills and tools to put climate action planning into practice within organizations and communities.
Developed by a team of faculty and experts associated with UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Sustainability Hub and Campus and Community Planning, this program is designed to create the climate champions that Canada and the world need.
- Format: 100% online instructor-supported with weekly live classes and self-paced independent study
- Duration: Three courses completed in approximately 12 weeks
- Cost: $1,950
- Next intake: Fall 2024
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The UBC Micro-certificate in Climate Action Planning: Foundations, Finance and Implementation provides a basic understanding of climate science, impacts and policies, and helps you identify key stakeholders related to the specific aspects and geographic areas that interest you.
By the end of this program, you’ll be able to:
- Explain the basic science of climate change: its causes and consequences
- Identify the role of international agreements, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Conference of the Parties (COP)
- Describe the disproportionate impacts of climate change on marginalized communities and the need for climate justice
- Know the leading work of Indigenous Peoples in climate movements, international climate movements and UNDRIP commitments
- Use tools to estimate the costs associated with climate action versus business-as-usual scenarios
- Weigh various financing options for implementing climate mitigation and adaptation action that are aligned with your respective local economy, including federal and provincial grants, various sources from the capital markets and innovative cost-sharing and cost-recovery mechanisms
- Apply the knowledge gained to your own institutional mandate, whether it is in agriculture, forestry, planning, services, energy, mining, transportation, or another sector.
Who is This Program For?
This program is designed for:
- Local policy makers, planners, industry players and anyone interested in learning the foundation and practicalities of climate action planning—the goal of the program is to build capacity in different sectors to advance climate action
- A background in climate change is not required.
- It is recommended that learners have a specific project for their institution, organization, or community in mind for use in various exercises and projects to apply the learning outcomes to their own climate mandates.
This program is delivered through live, instructor-led, interactive sessions combined with self-paced independent study using video lectures, reading materials, videos, podcasts, and exercises. With a strong focus on applied knowledge, students are encouraged to incorporate real-life climate action planning mandates into their offline exercises.
Case studies are also used extensively throughout the program and may be presented by guest speakers who are engaged in active climate action projects.
Expect to spend approximately 5–7 hours a week completing all learning activities, including attending the live online sessions.
All course content is provided in the online courses. To take this program, you’ll need access to:
- an email account
- a computer, laptop or tablet, using Windows or macOS
- the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
- a reliable internet connection
- a video camera and microphone
The micro-certificate program consists of three mini courses of two to four weeks each. Each mini course covers a different thematic topic with its own detailed syllabus and is led by a separate instructor. Combined, the courses take approximately 50 hours to complete.
- Mini Course 1: The Science and Action of Climate Change – 4 weeks / 20 hours
- Mini Course 2: Climate Change and the Economy: Where is the money? – 4 weeks / 20 hours
- Mini Course 3: Sector-specific Climate Actions: Critical components – 2 weeks / 10 hours
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How am I Assessed?
You’re assessed on successfully completing an end-of-the-program assignment that requires you to apply the learning outcomes from the three mini courses to your institutional climate mandates. The assignment will be assessed by the instructor and detailed feedback will be provided.
While you’re not assessed on your attendance of the live sessions, we encourage you to attend these classes, so you don’t miss the opportunity to learn and interact with your instructor and other participants. All sessions are recorded in case you miss one.
Our program instructors are experts with extensive industry and adult education experience.
Sara Elder, PhD is a senior policy advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC.
Milind Kandlikar, PhD, is Professor (and past Director) at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, with a cross-appointment at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC.
Stefan Storey, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the New York Institute of Technology, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Additional Program Team Members
This micro-certificate was made possible by funding from UBC's Continuous Learning and Advancement Fund (CLAF) and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). The following people were among those consulted in the creation of this micro-certificate, and generously shared their expertise to shape its objectives and format.
- Alison Shaw, PhD
- Amanda Broad
- Caelan Griffiths, MBCSLA, AALA
- Charlene Menezes, MEng., PGeo
- Charlotte Argue
- Chelsea Mottishaw, BA, PAg, City of Dawson Creek
- Christina Toth
- Coral Buitenhuis
- Craig Brown, PhD
- Dustin Carey
- Erica Crawford, MA
- Dr. Evalyna Bogdan
- Fraser Basin Council (representative of)
- George P.R. Benson
- Guy Scharf
- Harshan Radhakrishnan, PEng., SCR®, MASc
- Marina Stjepovic
- Ian Holl, MCIP, RPP
- Laura Frank, MA, RPP, MCIP
- Matthew Klippenstein, PEng
- Megan Hanacek
- Nikki Elliot
- Paul Nuttall, RPF
- Pete Thimmaiah, PhD
- Sara Muir, MLARC, RPP
- Susan Todd, President of Solstice Sustainability Works, CPA, CA, MRM
- Tamsin Lyle MEng, MRM, PEng, Principal Ebbwater Consulting
- Tamsin Mills, RPP
- Tjasa Demsar
- Trevor Murdock
- Vanessa Sun
Total program cost is $1,950.00 CAD.
Course and program fees are in Canadian dollars and subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, Mastercard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Please see Refunds, Cancellations and Transfers for details on our policies.