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Climate Smart Policy and Procurement

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.
Climate Smart Policy and Procurement
Start Date:Nov 07, 2022
End Date:Dec 18, 2022
Delivery:6 weeks, Asynch and Synch Online
Price:$795.00 + GST
Course code: PALE097_Y2223F-01

This course is offered as part of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program which 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 Smart Policy and Procurement 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.

Learning Outcomes

In taking this course, participants will develop:

  • An increased understanding on key climate mitigation, risk management, adaptation, resiliency and infrastructure policies at multiple scales, and their relation to procurement;
  • An increased understanding of key, relevant stages of procurement processes, review various types and approaches to procurement, including public private partnerships (P3’s/PPP’s);
  • Basic understanding of progress around the integration of sustainability in procurement, and gaps and progress relating specifically to infrastructure resilience;
  • Practical knowledge through the introduction of case studies that demonstrate good practice around resilience and infrastructure, as implemented through procurement processes or policies;
  • Increased understanding strategies and approaches for incorporating climate change infrastructure risk and resilience in various procurement-related scenarios; and,
  • Insights related to the proactive integration of climate change adaptation and resilience principles and practices within procurement processes.

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)

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

Thursday November 17 @ 12pm-1:30pm EDT (9am-10:30am PST)
Thursday November 24 @ 12pm -1:30pm EDT (9am-10:30am PST)
Thursday December 1 @ 12pm -1:30pm EDT (9am-10:30am PST)
Thursday December 8 @ 12pm -1:30pm EDT (9am-10:30am PST)
Thursday December 15 @ 12pm-1:30pm EDT (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: