A recent collaborating between the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Lake Samcoe Conservation Authority, Credit Valley Conservation and McMaster’s W Booth School of Engineering has produced a new training certification opportunity this fall – the Sustainable Infrastructure professional certificate program centered around Low Impact Development and Climate Resilience! This program offers industry professionals in the fields of planning, design, engineering, landscape design and architecture, and construction the opportunity to hone their knowledge and skills in the sphere of sustainable infrastructure. Funded in part by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada, the course is significantly subsidized to reduce fees for participants attending during the 2021-2022 academic year.

The program consists of two streams: 

  • Low-Impact Development & Climate Resilience: focused on engineered green infrastructure to manage stormwater from a quantitative and qualitative perspective as well as understand the role of low-impact development in a changing climate. 
  • Design & Engineering: teaches the emerging approach to infrastructure that considers both sustainability and climate resilience at every stage of design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the integrated systems that support society. 

The Low-Impact Development & Climate Resilience program, which consists of 8 online (livestream) courses, will be led by the STEP instructors and the completion of the certificate will net participants a micro-credential in Sustainable Infrastructure from McMaster University. If you have already taken eligible STEP courses in the past 5 years, your previous participation may qualify for credit(s) towards the Sustainable Infrastructure: Low-Impact Development & Climate Resilience program.

To learn more, including course dates and costs, check out the links below:

With additional questions, please contact the Program Lead, Dr. Greg Zilberbrant at zilberg@mcmaster.ca.

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