Strategic Sustainability & the Energy Industry

Strategic Sustainability & the Energy Industry Certificate of Completion NEW!


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Through this certificate you will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of Sustainability, including its three pillars, Environment, Society and Economics, and how the dynamic interaction of these components affects human life and the planet.

This program is designed to provide professionals literacy in energy and stakeholder relations as well as the knowledge required to prioritize and effect strategic sustainability in their work and lives.



The program has been developed by Dr. Connie Van der Byl, Director, Institute for Environmental Sustainability.


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  • Develop a 'big picture' strategic perspective to sustainability
  • Learn foundational skills and knowledge to help transition into a career in sustainable development
  • Gain a deeper understanding of sustainability issues and risks, and their business implications 

Program Format

  • All courses are offered online
  • Complete the 3 required courses (45 hours)
  • It is highly recommended that the courses be taken in the order listed
  • The listed course hours indicate the estimated time to review the online learning units – your actual time spent completing assignments may vary
  • Can be completed within 2 semesters up to a maximum of 3 years  

Courses and Fees

Strategic Sustainability and the Energy Industry: An Introduction
In this course you will explore the pedagogy for the program and be introduced to an overview of what is meant by strategic sustainability. This course provides definitions of sustainability and identifies why strategic sustainability is critical for societies, businesses, and ecosystems to thrive. You will explore sustainability in theory and application from both a global perspective and in more local contexts. You will think critically as you examine tensions in sustainability. Finally, you will consider current issues in energy and sustainability. 

Subject code: XNPC 10003 15 Hour. Fee: $349  
CRN 30503  Online  Jan. 28 - Feb. 25


Strategic Sustainability and the Energy Industry: Society and Engagement
This course is a key section of the program and it sets the stage for understanding the concepts of environment and economics presented in the last course from a socially-informed perspective. This course includes an in-depth exploration of stakeholder engagement and the social elements of sustainability from global, regional and local contexts. You will be presented with a high-level overview of stakeholder topics in Canada, including land rights and court cases, engagement approaches, and an awareness of Indigenous cultures and perspectives.
Recommended Preparation: Strategic Sustainability and the Energy Industry: An Introduction

Subject code: XNPC 10004 15 Hours. Fee: $349
CRN 30504
OnlineMar. 4 - Apr. 1

Strategic Sustainability and the Energy Industry: Environment and Economy
In this course you will explore the meanings of “Environment” and undertake a global to regional to local consideration of environmental issues. These issues include climate change, pollution, water scarcity, reclamation, conservation and others. In addition, you will examine the utility of Environmental Management Systems as a tool to manage issues.

You will then examine the economic pillar, considering economic concepts central to understanding of business in the sustainability context. These concepts include the business case for sustainability, innovation, reporting, transparency, and marketing and differentiation. You will understand how economics is central to sustainability and also how sustainability is central to business. You will also explore the importance of collaboration and its role within industry.

Recommended Preparation: Strategic Sustainability and the Energy Industry: An Introduction and Strategic Sustainability and the Energy Industry: Society and Engagement 

Subject code: XNPC 10005 15 Hours. Fee: $349
CRN 30654 OnlineApr. 1 - 29


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Contact us

For information about this program:
403.440.6636 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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