Royal Roads Online Course: Natural Asset Management

Natural Asset Management - ONLINE
Canadian communities face challenges of declining infrastructure quality and diminishing health and resilience of many ecosystems, a challenge made far more pressing by climate change. To address this, leading local governments are starting to identify, value and account for natural assets in their financial planning and asset management programs as a means to develop deliver core services sustainably through a climate resilient green infrastructure. This four-week online course covers core concepts, the most recent case examples and latest approaches to municipal natural asset management, and is delivered by the Executive Director of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative. It will provide both essential information to anyone working for, or with local governments or who is interested in innovative approaches to community sustainability; and, an opportunity to discuss with peers and the instructor, potential approaches to challenges and opportunities in students’ own communities.
Facilitator: Roy Brooke
Start Date:Nov 15, 2021
End Date:Dec 12, 2021
Delivery:4 weeks, Asynch and Synch Online
Price:$325.00 + GST
Course code: PACS0100_Y2122F-02
Who should attend:
  • Local government staff
  • Staff in organizations that work with local governments e.g. UBCM, LGMA
  • Professionals that provide service to local governments e.g. engineers, planners
  • People involved in community sustainability projects such as watershed management and conservation

By the end of the course students will:

  • Understand and appreciate that natural assets can or do provide services to local governments
  • Understand how modern structured asset management in Canada is a useful platform for natural asset management
  • Understand core terminology, including how natural assets fit within the concept of green infrastructure
  • Be familiar with several Canadian case examples of natural asset management
  • Understand key barriers and opportunities to scaling up natural asset management
  • Have a better understanding of how they can advance natural asset management in their own contexts and where they can get additional resources

Learner Effort:

2.5 hours per week
Synchronous Sessions:
While most of this course is delivered asynchronously, there will be weekly synchronous sessions
Computer Requirements:
A week prior to the course start date you will receive an email from us with information on how to access the online course. At that time you will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize yourself with our online learning platform. You will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: