Project Management for a Changing Climate - ONLINE

  OFFERED: Feb 22 - mar 19, 2021


Climate change is one of the biggest risks facing governments, businesses, societies and ecosystems around the world. Project managers, through their effective direction of complex projects, occupy a critical role in the successful transition to a resilient, low carbon world. This four-week online course is designed to prepare professionals with project management responsibilities to add a climate change lens to their projects.


The course is suitable for individuals in management roles and above who have significant project management responsibilities. “Projects” could include examples as diverse as infrastructure development, deployment of new technology, ecosystem restoration, or public engagement campaign, for example. The course will attract a diversity of professionals who enjoy multidisciplinary learning environments. Familiarity with general climate change issues and science is recommended.

The course will be delivered in a blended synchronous/asynchronous mode. Each module will run for a week with the expectation that participants complete readings, contribute to discussion forums or other exercises Monday to Thursday, in preparation for a synchronous session Friday afternoon. This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend. Guest speakers and case study practice will enrich the course.


Module 1: Perspective

In this module you'll have an opportunity to consider your perspective on climate change as a project manager, recognize valuable perspectives that others bring, and consider when and how an interdisciplinary approach can enhance project management for a changing climate.

Module 2: Engaging

In this module, you'll have an opportunity to consider the people affected by climate change and your project's response to it. This includes people internal to your organization and others, such as neighbouring communities or Indigenous people. You will also start applying your learning in a case study situation.

Module 3: Planning

In this module you'll have an opportunity to integrate climate change implications with standard project management planning considerations. You will also continue to apply them in a case study situation.

Module 4: Applying

In this module you will pull together all your learning from the course so far to apply them to a real project you are managing, with feedback from peers. This module will also address some of the challenges with securing organizational support for your climate change lens.


Susan founded Solstice Sustainability Works, which operates at the leading edge of several intertwined issues – sustainability, climate change readiness, environmental asset management, and natural capital accounting.
As a CPA with a Masters in environmental management Susan blends business, accounting and sustainability skills to help business, government and not-for-profit organizations reach their sustainability goals. She excels in strategy development, measurement and reporting, materiality, and climate risk. She is also known as an engaging trainer and facilitator.
Her current focus is on helping organizations understand and prepare for climate change related impacts.

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