New Courses at SFU City Program

February 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

Integrating Social Dimensions into Sustainability (Core)
Friday–Saturday, March 9-10, 2012
9 am–5:30 pm, SFU Vancouver
When social issues such as race, ethnicity, class, culture, personal health, affordable housing, employment, individual identity, and social cohesion are not effectively addressed, projects with even the most laudable environmental intentions are derailed. In this course, we’ll talk about sustainability not as a product, but as a process where issues of social justice and equity are essential to successful outcomes. In this course, you’ll do the following:
  • Describe social justice and equity issues related to sustainable community development (e.g., climate justice, food security, complete communities, intercultural inclusions, etc.)
  • Learn strategies to integrate “soft” issues of social justice and equity when tackling “hard” environmental issues such as transportation choice, land use, air quality, and resource and energy conservation
  • Discover win‑win solutions that bridge social and environmental goals
  • Analyze case studies that demonstrate how to successfully address the social dimensions of sustainability

  • Kristi Mader, public policy consultant, Planned Lifetime Advocacy Networks (PLAN)
  • Brian Smith, social finance and affordable housing consultant
  • Jim Bailey, City of Vancouver
  • Tom Lancaster, District of North Vancouver
  • Shaugn Swartz, The Cleaning Solution
  • Andrew Pask, City of Vancouver and Vancouver Public Spaces Network
  • David Isaac, Raincity Strategies
  • Lisa Gibson, Living in Community Initiative
  • Kevin Milsip, director of sustainability, Vancouver School Board
Community Food Systems (Elective)
$600 / SUST908–VA1121
Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, 2012
9am-5:30 pm, SFU Vancouver
To register, call 778-782-5254 or 778-782-5079
Taught by leading food system practitioners and drawing from best practices from across North America, this practical course will explore a broad scope of community food system opportunities – from land use planning and urban design strategies, to bringing food into land and economic development efforts, to successful grassroots initiatives. An emphasis on implementation will explore topics such as how to get local decision-makers on board and using social media and other communication techniques effectively.
Presentations and panels involving a range of guest speakers will be combined with large and small group discussion and activities so course participants from diverse backgrounds can consider the role of food in their communities, organization or sustainability efforts. This is an essential course for mid-career professionals in the emerging field of community food systems – the next big ‘thing’ in sustainability.

  • Janine de la Salle, planner, food, and agriculture systems specialist, HB Lanarc.
  • Erik Karlsen, past executive director of the Agricultural Land Reserve
  • Mark Holland, vice-president, New Monaco Enterprise Corporation
  • Peter Ladner, Business in Vancouver; associate, SFU Centre for Dialogue
  • Tara McDonald, executive director, Vancouver Farmers Markets
  • Joaquin Karakas, urban designer, HB Lanarc
  • Brent Mansfield, co-chair, Vancouver Food Policy Council

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