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 and deliver core services sustainably through a climate resilient green infrastructure. This 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.
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Understand and appreciate that natural assets can or do provide services to local governments.
- Understand how modern structured asset management in Canada is a useful platform for natural asset management.
- Understand core terminology, including how natural assets fit within the concept of green infrastructure Be familiar with several Canadian case examples of natural asset management.
- Understand key barriers and opportunities to scaling up natural asset management Have a better understanding of how they can advance natural asset management in their own contexts and where they can get additional resources.
This course is suitable for: Local government staff Staff in organizations that work with local governments e.g. UBCM, LGMA Professionals that provide service to local governments e.g. engineers, planners People involved in community sustainability projects such as watershed management and conservation.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-credential : Elective Courses