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Climate Law

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.
For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies

You can learn more about Climate Law here.

This course is offered as part of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Programwhich has been designed to help infrastructure professionals strengthen the knowledge and competencies they require to advance climate-resilient approaches for the planning, design, and management of infrastructure. To obtain the IRP credential, engineers must successfully complete six courses, including this Climate Law course. You do not need to pursue the IRP credential to participate in the course, it is open to all interested participants.

You can learn more about the IRP credential here.

This course offered by the Climate Risk Institute is part of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional credential program, and is delivered by leading infrastructure and resilience experts.

Learning Outcomes

In taking this course, participants will develop:

  • An increased understanding of the extent of climate policy and legislation, and the relationship between legal and regulatory frameworks and the practice of infrastructure professionals and practitioners;
  • An increased understanding of climate change mitigation and adaptation frameworks, and knowledge of critical international, federal, regional and provincial initiatives;
  • An understanding of climate hazard and law as viewed through legal system and courts, including aspects of common law such as negligence, tort, class actions and defenses;
  • An increased understanding of professional responsibilities, including risk minimization, avoidance of negligence, standard of care, and professional responsibilities for infrastructure engineers and designers;
  • Increased knowledge of codes and standards, including corporate disclosure requirements;
  • Increased awareness of approaches to and benefits of interdisciplinary collaborations.

Learner Effort

The first module (Module 0) is self-directed and optional. Its aim is to give all learners a foundational introduction to climate science before getting into the more specific course content.

The course consists of 5 hours per module (5 required Modules, plus the optional intro Module) + 5 hours devoted to an assessment(s). This equates to approximately 6 hours of learner effort per week, or 30-32 total hours depending on whether Module 0 is completed.

Live (Synchronous) Sessions (1.5hr weekly)

There will be five live or synchronous sessions with the course facilitator (Zoom links will be provided). The dates are as follows:

Friday, February 3 @ 12pm-1:30pm EST (9am-10:30am PST)
Friday, February 10 @ 12pm-1:30pm EST (9am-10:30am PST)
Friday, February 17 @ 12pm-1:30pm EST (9am-10:30am PST)
Friday, February 24 @ 12pm-1:30pm EST (9am-10:30am PST)
Friday, March 3 @ 12pm-1:30pm EST (9am-10:30am PST)

Computer Requirements

A week prior to the course start date learners will receive an email from Royal Roads University Professional and Continuing Studies with information on how to access the online course. At that time learners will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize themselves with the online learning platform. Learners will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: computerservices.royalroads.ca/computer_equip_requirements.