PME101 - The Sustainability Matrix

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Subject Title
The Sustainability Matrix

Subject Description
Sustainability is a contested concept informing much of the current conversation about integrating environmental concerns within Canadian economic, social and urban development. Its place as an idea, ethic and practice however is merely a foundational jumping off point for this subject?s core exploration of sustainability?s ?matrix-like conundrum? features. This conversation examines various perspectives of emerging significance including:
How urban places are imagined, designed, restored or built to enhance the quality of life of their residents,
The concept of resiliency as the impacts of climate change and urbanization are becoming more prevalent,
Ways in which the overall ecological footprint of built and natural features is reduced, and
Tools for the development of a robust ?regeneration-driven? resilience matrix which adds to ecosystem productivity through net positive development and urban re-appraisal.
Solutions are far from fixed but their ideal realization is related to humanity?s obligation for, and its continuing, or future, comfort, within a world of environmental challenges as documented in eco system millennial reports; biodiversity, ocean, and climate change studies; and Planetary Boundary formulations.

Credit Status
One subject credit towards the graduate certificate in Project Management - Environment.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the essential features of contested ideas about both sustainability, urban development, and resiliency;
  2. Analyze UN Sustainable Development Goals to apply them to a multitude of human and natural made systems;
  3. Describe the concept of net positive development and regeneration and their application to renewed urban prosperity;
  4. Demonstrate in written form the application of natural processes to the built environment;
  5. Develop communication techniques to describe the challenges confronting urban world regeneration
  6. Engage actively in a project management initiative presenting ideas from themes presented at the Green Citizen Conference Event;
  7. Develop an enhanced critical lens for determining best environmental aspects of a project, and
  8. Create a document for public consideration and action.

Essential Employability Skills
Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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