Royal Roads University has partnered with Adaptation Learning Network to offer courses intended to increase British Columbia’s capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate change by bringing together working professionals from across disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skills through professional training in climate adaptation.
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. Learners 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.
No one group or perspective has the solutions to our climate predicament. Networks of relationships are key to understanding and engaging with complex dynamics. Effective action will require compassion and collaboration, along with healing and dialogue across sectors, disciplines, cultures and systems to steer a more just and equitable transition. This four-week online course explores collective leadership models by challenging individualist leadership paradigms and experimenting with more inclusive approaches.
This 4-week course introduces learners to the financial risks and impacts associated with climate change. Learners will explore a range of risk pathways that link climate and economic systems. The course will explore the financial impacts associated with physical risks related to direct and indirect exposure to climate hazards in the value chain, transition risks arising from abrupt transitions to a low-carbon economy, civil liability and litigation risks and systemic risks transmitted throughout the economy.
Climate communication has evolved from debating the reality of human-caused climate change to facing the urgent challenge of mobilizing entire publics in the project of massive climate action. Have you ever wondered how to start or respond to a conversation about climate? Is it possible to communicate about climate adaptation in a way that inspires people? This four-week course addresses these questions, equipping learners with key concepts for effective communication as well as best practices and guidance from leading climate communication experts and researchers.
Equitable and just climate action demands the integration of Indigenous perspectives in climate adaptation and mitigation. This 4-week, online course has been designed by Indigenous knowledge holders, Indigenous and non-Indigenous subject matter experts, and instructional designers. Learners will develop a broad, foundational understanding of Indigenous worldviews and perspectives on climate change, the environment, and environmental management. Learners will consider how and where Indigenous leadership can restore better practices across social and political landscapes, providing a starting point through which further learning and exploration of Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, voices, and cultural practices can emerge. Recognition of the role that colonialism has played in the climate crisis is critical. Learners (specifically, non-Indigenous learners), will leave the course with an increased capacity to understand and support Indigenous-led climate projects and practice decolonization.
This four-week, fully online, asynchronous course will inform participants about climate adaptation policy in Canada and BC. It will allow them to consider how climate policy from international to local levels informs their professional functions and day to day activities on the job. The course will cover, among other things, the basics of environmental policy, differences between climate mitigation and climate adaptation policy, overviews of key policy actors and tools, and policy gaps.
The climate crisis is often described as a crisis of leadership. As dominant models of leading are increasingly failing to adequately address the complexity and uncertainty of climate and sustainability challenges, we find ourselves asking ‘What are the leadership mindsets and practices needed to effectively lead sustainability transitions?’
This course offered by the Climate Risk Institute and delivered by leading Planning and Resilience experts, and will provide in-depth climate risk assessment and adaptation training tailored to audiences working in the Prairies region. The course includes training modules customized for Planners across the Prairies that integrates local and regional information on climate impacts, adaptation solutions, policy frameworks, and helping building skills in key areas of need such as engagement and communication on climate.
This six-week online course offered by the Climate Risk Institute and delivered by leading infrastructure and resilience experts will provide participants with information about, and practice with the PIEVC Protocol (Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee), a practical tool and process that supports the systematic assessment of the risks of extreme weather and future climate in relation to public infrastructure. It is a structured procedure using standard risk assessment processes to assess and fully document the vulnerability of infrastructure to the impacts of current and future climate at a screening level, and related risks.
This online course will provide an overview of legal frameworks aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change and discuss existing and emerging legal obligations relevant to infrastructure professionals at the provincial, federal and international level. It will hone in on the roles and responsibilities of infrastructure professionals and how they can adapt their practices to incorporate climate change and reduce exposure to potential negligence lawsuits, and explore corporate issues relating to climate change, including risk disclosure requirements, asset management and director and officer obligations, as infrastructure professionals have a role in managing these risks and assisting clients to improve climate risk disclosure. This course offered by the Climate Risk Institute is required for those pursuing Infrastructure Resilience Professional credential.
This course equips engineers and other infrastructure professionals with foundational awareness of procurement processes, as well as knowledge of critical climate policies and their implications for procurement. The course provides insight into how climate policies and resilience can be reflected in procurement processes, contributing to greater infrastructure resilience to changing climate conditions. This course offered by the Climate Risk Institute is required for those pursuing Infrastructure Resilience Professional credential.
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. The course will provide both essential information to anyone working for, or with local governments or who is interested in innovative approaches to community sustainability. The course also offers an opportunity to discuss with peers and the instructor, potential approaches to challenges and opportunities in learners' own communities.