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Concordia University
EN-11: Continuing Education

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Continuing Education
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:

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A copy of the list and brief descriptions of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

A list and brief descriptions of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:


UG: Permaculture - The Farming of the Future

Course Code: CEPS 1060E
Tired of processed factory foods? Interested in gardening and want to learn about a new field (pun intended)? Or maybe you'd like to learn how to grow food in a more sustainable and ecological way. Well, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with industry expert, Jonah Neumark, at our food forest on the Loyola campus. Co-designed by Jonah, the forest is the perfect place to explore permaculture design and learn how this sustainable, low-impact method of food growing works. As a bonus, you'll also see how permaculture can provide delicious edible mushrooms.

UG: Whole Food Properties and Transformation

Course Code: CEPS 1061E
Fast food. Processed meals. Fruit from the other end of the earth. It's a sad fact, but we're becoming more and more estranged from the wealth of plant knowledge we once had. But it's not too late. Jeremiah Bullied has cooked up a great workshop where you'll learn some fun things like why carrots and sweet potatoes are orange and what that means for your health. Join Jeremiah in the Loyola campus kitchen and discover how whole foods can be an incredible source of holistic wellness. You'll use organically grown produce from our Loyola farm to discover food properties and transform them into delicious and nutritious food, like sour pickles, sauerkraut or preserves. You'll also learn some fascinating facts about the food we eat and hopefully develop a lifelong passion for produce. By the end of this workshop, you should be able to ferment and preserve produce in your own home.

Best Practices in Environmental Management

Course Code: CEPS 1037E
Going green is more than an ethical decision. In many cases, it's a legal obligation. So it's vital that your organisation remains up-to-date and aligned with industry standards and regulations. Yet the speed of change and the complexity of environmental legislation can make that a real challenge. Thankfully, it's a challenge that Fréréric Dufaut will help you overcome.
Frédéric's training will help you identify the best environmental practices for your needs and guide you through appropriate approaches to create buy-in from stakeholders, higher management, employees and suppliers.

UG: Saving your Seeds

Course Code: CEPS 1062E
In this hands-on workshop, Urban Farmer Jackie Martin sews the seeds of knowledge in the flourishing field of seed preservation. Practiced by farmers and gardeners for thousands of years, seed saving strengthens food security at the community level and empowers people to reclaim control over their food supply. Join her in our seed-saving garden and learn why and how to save the seeds from your garden, how to preserve those perfect tomatoes, how to grow your ideal eggplant variety for years to come and much more.

UG: Plant Medicines, Roots and Winter Remedies

Course Code: CEPS 1064E
Are you interested in plant-based healing? Would you like to learn how to identify medicinal plants? Transform herbs in your home? If so, this workshop is just what the doctor ordered. Let Chesley Walsh introduce you to the fascinating world of plant medicines. You'll start out in our urban medicinal garden, where she'll demonstrate root harvest and plant identification techniques before detailing the medicinal properties of a variety of herbs. Next, you'll move on to our transformation kitchens to make a few home remedies and learn how to use them throughout the winter.

UG: Starting Seedlings from Scratch

Course Code: CEPS 1065E
Anybody can buy a tomato plant at a garden centre and stick in on their balcony, but it'll never give you the sense of satisfaction you get when you germinate your own seeds. Plus, you never really know where the plant came from if you don't start from seed. In this workshop, led by urban gardener, Jackie Martin, you'll learn how to germinate seeds and grow seedlings right in your own home. You'll focus on a few popular vegetable plants for seed starting and you'll get an introduction to the basics of organic vegetable farming. Join Jackie at our urban farm on Loyola campus and plant the seeds for a lifetime of gardening enjoyment.

UG: Composting and Soil Sciences

Course Code: CEPS 1066E
People have been composting for millennia but as you'll discover, there's a lot more to it than just throwing vegetable matter into a pile and leaving it. If you've got a green thumb, it's time to get it dirty at our urban farm on the Loyola campus. This workshop, led by a composting pro, will teach you why healthy soil is so important for healthy vegetables, plants and even for our planet. You'll be given the skills and practical resources you need to start your own compost at home, whether it's in your back yard or on your balcony. Interested? Well then get ready to meet a composter's best friends: worms.

UG: Garden Design for the Organic Grower

Course Code: CEPS 1068E
You know the old saying: a place for everything and everything in its place. Well, that's particularly true in organic growing, as you'll find out when you join our organic agriculture expert at our urban farm on Loyola campus. Here, you'll learn how to design a garden to maximize the health and productivity of your harvest. You'll gain a better understanding of how to use space well and how succession and companion planting can help your organic garden flourish like never before. Join us for this Saturday workshop and your understanding of garden design will grow by leaps and bounds.

UG: Plant Medicines – Flowers, Ephemerals & Spring Remedies

Course Code: CEPS 1067E
Got a headache? You take a pill, right? Wait. There may be an alternative. Join Clinical Herbalist, Chelsey Walsh at our medicinal garden on the Loyola campus for this fascinating workshop. You'll learn all about the common medicinal plants of North America: how to identify them, what their properties are, how to harvest them and then, moving into our urban farm kitchens, you'll learn how to transform them into spring and summer remedies. A day on the farm with Chelsey and her medicinal plants will make you feel fit as a fiddlehead.

UG: Fertility & Pest Management without Chemicals

Course Code: CEPS 1069E
Let's face it, the best kind of organic food is local, and the more local the better. Unfortunately, insects and other pests feel the same way. Take heart. In this workshop, urban farmer Jackie Martin will help you keep your plants healthy and pest-free without the use of chemicals. Together, you'll explore various methods for creating better fertility for your plants in an organic way, while learning about the importance of organic agriculture for the health of our planet. So join Jackie and the other urban farmers at the Loyola campus, where the grass is always greener.

UG: Urban Beekeeping

Course Code: CEPS 1070E
The world is abuzz with talk of honeybee colony collapse and other perils faced by these vital creatures. And you can help. Our expert apiculturist has joined forces with Miel Montréal to create this important workshop, where you'll learn all about bees, beekeeping and the resources you'll need to keep them in an urban context. You'll delve into their life cycles, the impact they have on the natural world and how to care for and manage a hive of your own. And here's the sweet part: you'll also learn how to extract and use their honey. Join us at our urban farm on Loyola campus for this Saturday workshop where you'll learn how to bee all that you can bee.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program:

Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) Program

The SIPC program is offered through the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) and it is designed specifically to provide professionals in the finance, investment and corporate world with a practical set of skills and knowledge related to sustainability.

The SIPC prepares professionals to take full advantage of sustainable investing opportunities.

Objectives of the program:
- Learn to make informed choices regarding investment opportunities that take into account environmental, social, ethical, and governance considerations as well as financial goals.
- Become knowledgeable regarding sustainability initiatives in the business world.
- Learn what advantages encompass this continuously evolving concept.

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