This interdisciplinary program will train environmental practitioners to effectively implement and manage programs that limit environmental impacts and restore degraded environments.
The courses explore uniquely Canadian problems within a global perspective. You will learn systems, processes, tools and strategies, risk management techniques and legal requirements for the assessment and management of air, water, land and waste. Throughout the program, the focus is on the need for sustainable development and market-driven solutions. We will explore both theory and practice, which highlight the complexity of designing environmental strategies amid diverse and competing stakeholder interests.
- 19 years or older, or completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
- Basic Windows computer and internet skills (managing files and folders, keyboarding, email and Internet searches)
You have 5 years to complete the requirements of your certificate. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please complete this form to request a Certificate audit.
Courses in Environmental Management
Electives - choose 2
- Alternative Energy-Energy Resources (ENVR051)
- Indigenous Identity in Relation to the Land (GNED103)
- Restoration Ecology (ENVR113)
- Blood From a Stone: Social and Environmental Consequences of Mining (GNED160)
- Climate Change (GNED090)
- Climate Change and Business Adaptation (MGMT291)
- Home Flood Risk Assessment Training (CNST223)
Environment Management , An Introduction (ENVR050)
Develop analytical and evaluation skills required in the management of environmental issues. Gain a better understanding of the complexity of environmental policies, and legislation procedures. The application and development of site inspections and program auditing are explored to assist in the recognition and analysis of potential environmental risks.
Environmental Laws & Regulations (ENVR031)
Gain in-depth and practical knowledge and skills in the application of various laws and regulations such as the Federal Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act, specific Ontario Regulations, the Provincial Offences Act and Municipal Environmental Powers. With a good understanding of environmental laws, you will have the information to protect yourself and your company from possible litigation while at the same time helping to protect the environment.
Introduction to Sustainable Development (ECOS032)
Examine the concept of sustainable development, including the environmental, economic and social impacts that affect the sustainability of our communities. We investigate the development of human populations and the effect of their energy and nutritional needs on the natural ecosystems. Social and economic factors that lead to greater social equality and more sustainability in the world economy are explored. Individual responsibility to sustainability through lifestyle changes will be examined.
Environmental Site Assessment and Reporting (ENVR147)
Study the theory and practice of Environmental Assessment approaches that inform the principal means of integrating environmental considerations into governmental decision-making.
Environmental Management Systems and Audits (ENVR148)
Examine environmental management systems and their role in reducing overall environmental impacts in industry and business operations in compliance with environmental laws and regulations. The course will provide an overview of the purpose of an EMS model, how companies adopt and implement them, and the overall framework of EMS models, including ISO 14001 systems. You will learn about the auditing process as a management tool for environmental performance.
Electives - choose 2
Alternative Energy-Energy Resources (ENVR051)
This course will deal with the issues of traditional and non-renewable energy sources such as crude oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear energy, as well as renewable energy sources like hydroelectricity, solar, ocean, geothermal and wind energy. Students will obtain a broad understanding of current resources, technologies and their limitations; and a realistic appreciation of what energy sources and technologies may be feasible in the future.
Indigenous Identity in Relation to the Land (GNED103)
Experience and explore Indigenous cosmology, knowledge and world view and its relationship to the land. The influence and importance of land on Indigenous world view will provide a way of understanding the contemporary perspectives on identity and self determination. In addition, you will explore and locate your own identity and world view in relation to these concepts.
Restoration Ecology (ENVR113)
Examine some of the practices to renew or restore ecosystems and habitats that were damaged or destroyed by human intervention. Restoration projects' purpose is to change disturbed areas into functioning ecosystems, able to provide ecosystem services or function as a natural habitat again.
Blood From a Stone: Social and Environmental Consequences of Mining (GNED160)
Explore the basic geological, mechanical and chemical science behind mining and the social and environmental consequences of mining jewels (for example, diamonds), rare earth (Uranium, Colton), and fossil fuels. We will learn about the chemicals and elements needed to make a range of products, from diamond rings to cellphones and discuss the legal, cultural, professional and ethical implications of mining.
Climate Change (GNED090)
Research and discuss issues related to global climate change, and develop skills in innovative thinking, research, political awareness, ethical reasoning, debating. Expand your awareness of the current scientific certainties and evidence of global warming, adaption to a changing global climate and current political issues at a global and national level; including topics such as weather and climate, climate history, Earth's energy balance, greenhouse effect, International agreements, ethical responsibility of individuals, corporations and governments and the conflictions between national economic interests and the environment.
Climate Change and Business Adaptation (MGMT291)
Analyze the science behind climate change and gain an understanding of important events which have shaped the climate change debate. By examining human population, you will gain insight into how our use of resources shapes the business landscape. Discover the Food-Water-Energy Nexus and examine the role sustainability plays in balancing key commodities for life and business. Participants will practice persuasive dialogue and learn how to present themselves successfully to clients. You will also complete an analysis of clean technology and practice writing briefing documents for executive teams. We will delve into the complexities of supply chains and the challenges involved in managing commodities in a global economy.
Home Flood Risk Assessment Training (CNST223)
As climate change, urbanization and replacement of natural landscapes continue, elevated risks of home flooding are becoming the new normal. In this in-depth course you'll learn how to conduct a thorough assessment of potential flood risk both inside and outside a homeowner's property and recognize opportunities to reduce that risk. Through lectures, case studies and practical assignments we will delve into a wide variety of topics including emergency preparedness, insurance & flooding, landscaping and LID benefits to reducing flood risk, municipal engineering impacts on flood risk, techniques in motivating homeowners to take action, and much more. You will also learn to use a nationally-recognized flood risk assessment software program. After course completion, participants will continue to have access to this software to use in the field across Canada.