In this course addressed at planners, policy makers and developers we introduce and discuss the complexity and simplicity of integrated natural solutions – low impact development (LID) and living green infrastructure (GI).
In “The State of Canadian Cities and Communities, 2012” the Federation of Canadian Municipalities calls for the employment of more sustainable technologies and practices, an investment in resilient infrastructure for long-term future benefits.
Great strides are being made on many fronts, but so much more can be done with a better understanding of natural ecosystem processes. No solution can be sustainable if it degrades nature’s ability to sustain itself and us.
All too often, problems are addressed in isolation along budget categories set by administrators. Truly sustainable solutions can only arise from a holistic process, involving interdepartmental collaboration and problem solving. It is not realistic – nor effective over the long term – to address urban forest pests, for instance, without giving consideration to lot sizes, construction practices, water management, pesticide use policy, and ultimately soil quality.
This course is designed to provide the knowledge and tools to assist professionals and practitioners in attaining a proficient level of competence in living green infrastructure, and for implementing these technologies and best management practices throughout the planning, constructing and maintenance phase of land development.
While there are no one-size-fits-all solutions, we hope to provide a deeper understanding of nature’s contribution to the success of human created infrastructure, and to help everyone make better and more integrated decisions for long-term benefit.
- A deeper understanding of the living components of green infrastructure
- Ecological impacts of development
- Water catchment and use
- Stormwater management
- Waste management
- Urban forestry
- Wildlife / biodiversity
- Food security
- Environment and community health
Please download the course outline here: Living Green Infrastructure Course Outline.
Students can expect to dedicate 6-10 hours per week to successfully complete this course.
As well, our courses are offered in the continuing education realm and are designed so students can complete them according to their own schedule. The work is divided up into 14 weekly topics and students are expected to complete their assigned work and quizzes by the given deadlines.
Our courses do not use online meetings, so we are not using Google Meet, Zoom or other online meeting applications.
If you have any questions about studying online with Gaia College please see our FAQs page
- Comprehensive on-line educational materials
- Unlimited access to our on-line course resources, community center, including libraries, discussion forums and much more.
By Mail: Cheque drawn on a Canadian bank; Money order in Canadian funds
On-line: Visa, Mastercard
Please be sure you are familiar with our policies.
There are no academic prerequisites for this course.
- be proficient in English (written)
- be comfortable with current computer and internet technology, including word processing programs
- have an email account capable of receiving a large number of messages for the duration of the course
- have access to high-speed internet
- have access to a computer capable of running a current version of FireFox or Chrome. Tablets and phones are not supported at this time.
There are no formal exams in this course, as the emphasis is on developing practical skills and the ability to synthesize information.
To receive a Certificate of Completion students must contribute to all on-line discussions and satisfactorily complete all assignments and projects.
There are no required texts. All learning resources are provided online through the course materials.
This program is eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CECs) with the following:
Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA)
Also applies to B.C. Landscape & Nursery Association and Landscape Ontario
Pre-approved: 24 Credits
National Association of Landcare Professionals - American (NALP)
Pre-approved: 24 Credits
International Society of Arboriculture: Certified Arborist
Pre-approved: 7.5 Credits
International Society of Arboriculture: Board Certified Management Arborist
Pre-approved: 5 Credits (Science), 2.5 Credits (Management)
International Society of Arboriculture: Municipal Specialist
Pre-approved: 5 Credits
B.C. Society of Landscape Architects
As per certification renewal guidelines - eligibility of this program has been confirmed
Master Gardeners of Ontario Inc. (MGOI)
Pre-approved: 24 Credits
Canadian Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL)
Pre-approved: 6 Credits
Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)
Pre-approved: 42 Core LUs
This course partially satisfies the requirements of:
How to Apply for Your Continuing Education Credits
For information on obtaining your credits please see: How to Apply for your Continuing Education Credits