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Climate Change Perspectives for Project Managers - ONLINE

Climate change is one of the biggest risks facing governments, businesses, societies and ecosystems around the world. Project managers, through their effective direction of complex projects, occupy a critical role in the successful transition to a resilient, low carbon world. This four-week online course is designed to prepare professionals with project management responsibilities to add a climate change lens to their projects.
For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies

The course is suitable for individuals in management roles and above who have significant project management responsibilities. “Projects” could include examples as diverse as infrastructure development, deployment of new technology, ecosystem restoration, or public engagement campaign, for example. The course will attract a diversity of professionals who enjoy multidisciplinary learning environments. Familiarity with general climate change issues and science is recommended.

The course will be delivered in a blended synchronous/asynchronous mode. Each module will run for a week with the expectation that participants complete readings, contribute to discussion forums or other exercises Monday to Thursday, in preparation for a synchronous session Friday afternoon. This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend. Guest speakers and case study practice will enrich the course.

Module Overview:

Module 1: Perspective
In this Module you'll have an opportunity to consider your perspective on climate change as a project manager, recognize valuable perspectives that others bring, and consider when and how an interdisciplinary approach can enhance project management for a changing climate.

Module 2: Engaging
In this Module, you'll have an opportunity to consider the people affected by climate change and your project's response to it. This includes people internal to your organization and others, such as neighbouring communities or Indigenous people. You will also start applying your learning in a case study situation.

Module 3: Planning
In this Module you'll have an opportunity to integrate climate change implications with standard project management planning considerations. You will also continue to apply them in a case study situation.

Module 4: Applying
In this module you will pull together all your learning from the course so far to apply them to a real project you are managing, with feedback from peers. This module will also address some of the challenges with securing organizational support for your climate change lens.

Learner Effort:
2-3 hours per week

Synchronous Sessions:
While the majority of this course is delivered asynchronously, there will be weekly 60 minute synchronous sessions.

Computer Requirements:
A week prior to the course start date you will receive an email from us with information on how to access the online course. At that time you will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize yourself with our online learning platform. You will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: