Course Description

Technical and regulatory Civil Engineering organizations in Canada and around the world are now tasking members with stewardship of the environment as well as infrastructure design, construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning.  But, what does environmental stewardship in engineering practice mean?  Students will explore this question as it relates to cities by learning about the ecosystem approach to urban design and then uncovering case studies of urban infrastructure created by using this approach.

The course is designed for the mature learner who is able to direct his/her learning related to personal interests in aspects of environmental stewardship and engineering practice.

Learning Goals

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

  • describe aspects of the ecosystem approach to urban infrastructure design relating to water, wastewater, material and energy
  • implement integrated infrastructure design strategies
  • enhance your familiarity with decision-making, and working with uncertainty, in a real-world environment
  • enhance your professional and design skills by working in a real integrated design team as part of an experiential learning assignment

Course Topics

Course topics include but are not limited to:

  • Understanding Urban Areas as Ecosystems
  • Principles of the Ecosystem Approach
  • Central Elements of the Integrative Design Process
  • Selected Sustainable Design Frameworks
  • Examples of Carbon Neutral Infrastructure
  • Design for Healthy Environments
  • Selected Urban Energy Systems
  • Integrated Water and Wastewater Management
  • Material Flow Analysis in the Urban Environment
  • Site Planning
  • Overcoming Barriers to Developing the Urban Ecology