Sustainable Communities

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

Pro­vides a brief intro­duc­tion to land use plan­ning the­o­ry, law, and process­es. Envi­ron­men­tal, eco­nom­ic and social dimen­sions of sus­tain­abil­i­ty will be dis­cussed using an inte­grat­ed frame­work of var­i­ous forms of com­mu­ni­ty cap­i­tal. Stu­dents will also exam­ine gov­er­nance and deci­sion-mak­ing through the per­spec­tive of sustainability.

Course at a glance
  • Aimed at individuals interested in moving into higher level responsibilities in the local government field; our student body includes municipal government employees in planning, corporate services, economic development, operations, finance, and more.
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Participate in online discussions with peers from all over Canada and expand your professional network.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of sustainable development and sustainable communities with reference to the social, economic, and environmental foundations upon which they are based.
  • Describe how sustainability should be integrated into local government decision-making processes.
  • Demonstrate how sustainable communities act to address the key determinants of health and well-being.
  • Analyze how municipalities can reduce the harmful or unsustainable effects of a community on its natural environment.
  • Discuss the reasons economic and fiscal analysis needs to be part of decision-making for the development of sustainable communities.
  • Outline the steps in an effective monitoring, evaluation, and indicators (MEI) planning process.
Take note:

This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.


Course duration
Jan 11, 2021Apr 9, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Neale Smith

Your Instructor

Neale SmithID: neale-smith

Class info
  • 39 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until January 11, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

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New course schedules are released each June and November.

  • Online delivery
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

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