Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability launches FREE ‘Exploring Sustainability’ online course in January 2019

(Halifax NS) The College of Sustainability will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2019. To commemorate ten years of sustainability education, the College will launch its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The course, called Exploring Sustainability, is free and open to the public and begins on 7 January 2019, hosted on the Canvas Network.

Dalhousie FREE Sustainability Course

Exploring Sustainability allows anyone with an interest in sustainability to learn from leaders in the field — historians, architects, biologists, archaeologists, and political scientists. Themes such as food production, Indigenous-settler relations, land use, energy, resource allocation, water, and urbanization are explored through engaging videos and online discussions.

Registration for this class is now open. Participants do not receive academic credit for the course and must have access to a computer and the Internet. This course is based on SUST 1000: What is Sustainability — the first-year introductory course in the Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) program in the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University.
“An understanding of sustainability and the dependence between humans and their environment may be the most important education that universities can provide the next generation.”
– Steven Mannell (course instructor)

Dalhousie Sustainability Course Instructor

Course Instructor: Steve Mannell, Director of the College of Sustainability, NSAA, FRAIC

Steve is internationally recognized for his innovative work on interdisciplinary curriculum for sustainability education. His academic research includes waterworks architecture and engineering, the conservation of modern built heritage, and the late 20th century emergence of “ecological” architecture. He is curator and author of Atlantic Modern: The Architecture of the Atlantic Provinces 1950- 2000 (2001) and Living Lightly on the Earth: Building an Ark for Prince Edward Island 1974-76 (2016).

Course Coordinator:Bridget Graham, MA

Bridget Graham is the Engagement and Retention Coordinator in Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability and a graduate of the ESS program. She enjoys supporting current, prospective and former students in the College of Sustainability.

Resource Links:
College of Sustainability: https://www.dal.ca/faculty/sustainability.html 
Sustainability at Dalhousie: https://www.dal.ca/about-dal/sustainability.html
Canvas Network: https://www.canvas.net/
Contact for more information: sustmooc@dal.ca

Government Consultation Document: Vulnerable populations

One of the commitments in the  Government response to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development’s Report “Healthy Environment, Health Canadians, Healthy Economy: Strengthening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999” was “to develop, engage on, and publish under CEPA a policy on vulnerable populations, which will include a definition of vulnerable populations and the objectives of the program, including the framework for how Health Canada considers vulnerable populations as part of risk assessments.”  This document is a first step to meeting this commitment.

This is a preliminary consultation, and you are welcome to provide comments during the public consultation as well which is planned for fall 2018.  In the interim, we are asking for your comments on this proposed definition, as well as the examples within the document by November 15, 2018.  Please forward all comments to:  hc.esrabdirector-directeurberse.sc@canada.ca.  Please note that there will be a mechanism established for sustained input from stakeholders and experts as we advance consideration of vulnerable populations in a more comprehensive and transparent manner.

 

Document: Consultation vulnerable population