For updated information on RRU’s response to COVID-19 please visit the RRU website.

Climate & Environment

Natural Asset Management - ONLINE

Canadian communities face challenges of declining infrastructure quality and diminishing health and resilience of many ecosystems, a challenge made far more pressing by climate change. To address this, leading local governments are starting to identify, value and account for natural assets in their financial planning and asset management programs as a means to develop deliver core services sustainably through a climate resilient green infrastructure. This four-week online course covers core concepts, the most recent case examples and latest approaches to municipal natural asset management, and is delivered by the Executive Director of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative. It will provide both essential information to anyone working for, or with local governments or who is interested in innovative approaches to community sustainability; and, an opportunity to discuss with peers and the instructor, potential approaches to challenges and opportunities in students’ own communities. .
$325.00

Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals - ONLINE

Professionals working in British Columbia are increasingly aware of the need for adaptation strategies but may be unsure where to start. This 4-module, instructor-led online course will provide learners from a range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds with an overview of the current state of knowledge on climate science and a grounding in the core concepts supporting climate change adaptation. Participants will gain an understanding of regional climate trends, risks, and their implications for human and natural systems, the role of adaptation in risk reduction, and an understanding of how science-based information and tools can be used in strategic adaptation planning.
$325.00

Business Skills for Land Care Professionals - ONLINE

The reality of being self-employed can be daunting. Certainly there is great satisfaction and freedom in being one’s own boss, but there are also many obligations and pitfalls. Most small businesses fail in their first year of operation because the owners are unaware of legislative requirements, and do not have the skills to properly plan and manage the business. Drawing on 40 years of small business experience, this course goes well beyond information found in textbooks and on the web, providing a practical interpretation of common business problems, and guidance to solutions. While it is addressed at small business owners in the ornamental land care and farming sectors, this course is equally applicable to all other types of small business. Participants will develop their own marketing and business plans.
$795.00

Ecological Landscape Design - ONLINE

This very comprehensive course begins with an overview of historical garden design perspectives, including an examination of the role of art, statuary, wildlife, water, and native ecosystems. The principles of landscape design and how the various elements are used in softscaping and hardscaping will be examined in detail on how to achieve particular esthetics and function. Design terminology and drafting skills will be applied when following the steps of the design process. Through case studies and project work, the topics of site analysis, hardscape construction and grading, estimating and landscape supplies, drainage and water solutions, site remediation and special needs will be covered. Throughout, presentation skills will be emphasized. This course partially satisfies the requirements for the Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care. Several professional associations grant Continuing Education Credits for this course (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL).
$795.00

Growing Food 1: Fundamentals - ONLINE

If you are concerned about where your food comes from, what’s in it (or on it), or simply getting the best nutrition possible, growing your own healthy, nutritious and delicious fruits and vegetables is the way to go. Learn essential applied permaculture and organic gardening techniques to optimize your garden for year-round enjoyment, use holistic solutions for plant health, harvest your own seeds, and more. Practical and hands-on projects, guided by experienced professional organic gardeners.
$795.00

Organic Master Gardener - ONLINE

Be prepared for a major shift in paradigms! This is a gardening course, and so much more. Students have called it "life changing" - because once we truly understand the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health we look at the world with different eyes. This is our core course. It's intense - challenging - inspiring, and taking the country by storm! You will get the same comprehensive, professional curriculum as the Organic Horticulture Specialist course, but discussions will generally reflect the interests of a more mixed audience including home gardeners, budding farmers and landscape professionals. Depending on registrations, we may combine students from both courses to keep class sizes manageable!
$795.00

Rainwater Harvesting and Management - ONLINE

As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue, not only in third-world countries, but also in more developed regions, and in particular, large urban centers. By using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner.
$795.00

Ecological Plant Knowledge 1: Natives - ONLINE

This course provides an overview of plant and ecosystem relationships, through a brief review of ecosystem ecology, botany, and plant physiology as it relates to choosing and planting a variety of native plants. The plant identification component emphasizes native landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate and colder northern hemisphere.
$795.00

Ecological Plant Knowledge 2: Ornamentals - ONLINE

Plants are a product of their native environment, having adapted to specific soil, water and climate conditions. These are complex relationships, and to create thriving landscapes we need understand the growing conditions in the plants' native range. Learn plant identification emphasizing ornamental landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees, commonly used in the ornamental landscape of the temperate and cooler northern hemisphere. Weed identification and practices such as pruning will also be covered.
$795.00

Living Green Infrastructure - ONLINE

In this course addressed at planners, policy makers and developers we introduce and discuss the complexity and simplicity of integrated natural solutions – low impact development (LID) and living green infrastructure (GI). In “The State of Canadian Cities and Communities, 2012” the Federation of Canadian Municipalities calls for the employment of more sustainable technologies and practices, an investment in resilient infrastructure for long-term future benefits. This course is designed to provide the knowledge and tools to assist professionals and practitioners in attaining a proficient level of competence in living green infrastructure, and for implementing these technologies and best management practices throughout the planning, constructing and maintenance phase of land development.
$795.00

Landscape Design Basics with SketchUp Pro - ONLINE

Whether your preferred medium is pen and paper or a conventional two-dimensional CAD program, the ability to work in three dimensions and view your work from all angles will undoubtedly enrich your creative design process. The fluidity of non-static, three-dimensional models will empower you to communicate your ideas to landscape decision makers who do not have the designer's ability to mentally project a two-dimensional drawing into images of a real live landscape.
$795.00

Organic Horticulture Specialist - ONLINE

Whether you are already a landscape professional, just beginning your education, or simply learning for personal enjoyment, in this course you’ll gain the knowledge you need to become a better gardener. You'll receive a thorough introduction to the science and practice of organic horticulture, facilitating a profound shift in ecological awareness. You’ll explore the concepts of landscape health management as opposed to pest management, as well as how to build a holistic decision making framework for creating and maintaining vibrantly healthy gardens and landscapes, including turf.
$795.00