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Overall Score 68.46
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Submission Date April 21, 2016
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University of California, Riverside
EN-11: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 John Cook
Director of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:

Total number of continuing education courses offered:

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:

-Urban and Community Planning Practices: This course explores the principles and practices of California planning processes, with a focus on integrating the various aspects of land use planning with the legal, political and regulatory environment. An emphasis will be placed on the practical application of these principals.
-Sustainable Planning, Design and Development: Both urban and rural planning can benefit from including sustainability as a central criterion when designing roads, streets, buildings, and other components of the built environment.
-Understanding the Built Environment: Designed to provide planners with a foundation in the right design vocabulary, and provide the tools and understanding to match design with performance outcomes.
-Adaptive Reuse, Redevelopment and Revitalization
-Multi-Modal Transportation Planning: Discusses typical practices related to multi-modal transportation planning, including a discussion of recent federal state, and local initiatives that address all modes of travel.
-Land Use and Transportation Interaction: Discusses typical practices related to multi-modal transportation planning, including a discussion of recent federal state, and local initiatives that address all modes of travel. Best practices related to complete streets and other recent innovations are also covered.
-Innovations in Transportation Planning: Explores recent innovations in transportation planning, offers a discussion of Complete Streets, multi-modal facilities, and transportation technology, including vehicle automation.
-Planning for Biycles, Pedestrians, and Transit: Examines the typical practices related to alternative travel modes
Cultural Resources and Landmarks Designed to help you understand when and why cultural resource reports should be requested in the planning process. Examines the elements required under CEQA and the Federal Secretary of Interior Standards in the evaluation of cultural resources, and what goes into a well-written and legally defensible cultural resources report.
-Public Health and Built Environment: Examine public health issues that are grounded in and addressed by development patterns and urban form. Learn about the ongoing research, and how the relationship between land use and urban form affect personal activity, healthy food availability, air quality, access to health facilities, and safety. Includes guest lecturers from various foundations and nonprofits currently supporting this work to help you identify potential sources of funding for these studies. Offers a survey of policy and analysis tools and reviews case studies outlining successful approaches to dealing with public health through land use planning.
-Hazard Mitigation Plans: Learn the Federal and State regulations and guidance used to conduct Hazard Mitigation Planning as well as the ways in which Hazard Mitigation Planning can be integrated into planning policy (General Plans) and Climate Action Plans (Climate Adaptation).
-GIS in Land Use Planning: The development and use of information systems for private and public sector planning professionals are examined using case studies from various Southern California GIS and land use planning projects.
-Sustainable Resource Management: The current concerns about climate change, renewable energy supply, low-carbon economy, and solid resources, with emphasis on the sustainable management of water.
-Endangered Species and Habitat Conservation Planning: Examines the biological principles for effective species preservation and habitat conservation
-Clean Water Program Management and Regulations: Impact and control of water pollution from urban runoff and human activities. The evolving role of watershed management is explored, including permitting and monitoring requirements for watershed runoff management activities
-Storm Water Regulations and Management: Learn the latest methods and regulations designed to protect water resources from contamination by storm water runoff. This class is ideal if you are responsible for environmental compliance with federal, state, and local water pollution laws.
-CEQA: A Step by Step Approach: The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California's broadest environmental law. Through its comprehensive policies and rigorous procedural requirements, CEQA is the critical element in government and private decision making. This two-day seminar details the requirements of CEQA including: When CEQA applies to a project Determining whether to prepare an EIR The EIR process EIR management and preparation issues Negative declarations Environmental impacts and mitigation How CEQA integrates with other environmental laws Designed for entry-level public agency staff, consultants, attorneys, developers, environmental organizations and others involved in planning who may need a refresher.
-Advanced Topics in CEQA: In-depth coverage of environmental impact analysis including: Choosing a baseline; Determining the significance of impacts; Preparing environmental notices. In addition, the course details CEQA's procedural requirements and provides discussions about potential considerations involved in CEQA litigation and how CEQA interfaces with other laws.
-NEPA: A Step-by-Step Approach: Fundamental policies, procedures, and practices of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including the perspectives of the federal lead agency responsible for its implementation, affected state and local agencies, and concerned citizens.
-Energy Auditing-Principles and Practices: Surveys the fundamental knowledge, skills and experience necessary to conduct energy audits for residential, commercial and industry structures. Participants explore how to evaluate facility energy usage and opportunities to improve efficiency, reduce energy usage and the introduction of conservation measures. Topics include the building envelope, heat flow, R and U values, walls, roofs, windows, energy management, lighting, HVAC systems, ventilation, hot water systems, water conservation and utility usage.
-Energy Management: Principles and Practice Examine the latest trends, innovations, and best practices for reducing costs associated with facilities usage.
-Energy Resource Management: Examines major energy resource management issues including demand, supply, utilization, management, monitoring, conservation and planning. Participants learn how to develop successful energy management strategies to eliminate waste, manage usage, control costs and plan for future demand. Time is also devoted to examine government regulation and incentives for energy conservation including local, regional, state and federal programs for electricity, water, waste management principles, calculating energy usage, cost/benefits of recycling programs, reducing or eliminating waste, managing peak loads, controlling water usage, LEED certification principles, and engineering systems to better manage energy resources.
-Foundations of Turfgrass Management: Overview of turfgrass management and related fields for aspiring or current turf managers. The course provides:Technical training and helps students identify areas for further study, Turfgrass varieties and applications, Pest managemen, Fertilizers, Soil, Irrigation, Environmental protection, Scientific aspects of turfgrass management, Understanding of the responsibilities involved in managing a turf-related facility.
-Management Skills for Turfgrass and Landscape Managers: An introduction to the broad array of skills required managing turfgrass or landscape facility. You will prepare both operational and capital budgets for a facility in your area of interest.
-Pesticide Use on Turfgrass and Ornamental Plants: You will learn how to manage pests while abiding by federal and state of California laws and regulations regarding the use of pesticides in an integrated pest management program.
-Principles of Plant Growth: Study the physical and biological principles of how plants grow and reproduce.
-Soil Fertility and Fertilizers: Physical and chemical properties of soils and fertilizer materials are examined. The roles of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, as well as minor and trace elements involved in plant growth are explored.
-Turfgrass Irrigation and Drainage: The design, installation, maintenance and operation of modern irrigation and drainage systems for large turf areas.
-Turfgrass Pests: Preventing diseases, insects, and weeds through the incorporation of recommended cultural maintenance strategies including proper irrigation, fertilization and mowing height.
-Turfgrass Species and Applications: You learn to identify different turf species by observing certain obvious features or keys that are specific to each plant.
-Sustainable Interior Design: Teaches designers and consumers the fundamental principles and benefits of sustainable interior design. Designed to equip you with a systematic strategy for assessing the degree of sustainability and cost effectiveness of green design products. A thorough exploration of eco-friendly materials, energy saving appliances, and their sources will be covered. You will come away with an in-depth understanding of sustainability and detailed knowledge about green products which will enable you to create beautiful home environments that are healthier for our earth and those that inhabit the space.
-Earth Materials and Human Health : An interesting outline of the geological processes and earth activity, which all together have created unique resources for sustainable life and industrial progress. The main focus is the dispersal of earth materials/resources, their effects on human health and population, and how human activities contribute to natural disasters.
-Planning Strategies for Sustainable Food Systems: Food systems planning strategies for more sustainable and self-reliant communities. You will review each phase within a food system, including production, processing and distribution; consumption and waste; best practices, promoting closed-loop resource recovery systems; and case studies that utilize effective planning strategies that support local and regional economies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improves public health outcomes.
-Economics of Sustainability: Understand global sustainability issues and the economic impacts of population, food supply, pollution, forests, and energy in general. Survey the economic aspects of sustainability and green design
-Climate Action Planning: Case law, state regulations and science are driving the development of climate action planning. You will discuss global climate change and the consequences; direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions; reducing emissions measures; adaptation strategies; CEQA compliance; and protecting communities from the impacts of a changing climate.
-Green Design For Your Home: From bamboo flooring to recycled glass hardware, there is wide assortment of green home products and furnishings available on the market today. For homeowners and designers, this course explores available green materials and implementing them in home projects and provides information and sources for obtaining them. Discussion includes the principles of sustainability, cost effectiveness and the long-term benefits of green design. Students gain exposure to many different materials and detailed information on retail and online sources.
-Public Policy Lecture Series: Sustainability Issues in Southern California This lecture series explores public policy alternatives for fostering development reform and its potential economic and environmental impacts on communities in southern California. An understanding of these issues and the way they constrain choices is critical for policy change.
-Breaking the Grass Habit: Learn how to convert your front or back yard into a well-functioning space, one that will use far less water and provide you with glorious color. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your garden to reduce your grocery bills is covered.
-Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden: Put the welcome mat out for all kinds of "good bugs" to come and stay in your garden! This class follows classic Integrated Pest Management principles that encourage the use of biological control as a means to reduce pests and their damage.

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:

The Certificate in Sustainable Development and Green Design introduces the concepts and principles of sustainability through green building design, clean technologies, and innovative approaches to achieving the "triple bottom line" — economic, environmental and social sustainability. Participants explore the concept of sustainability within a historical context, the contemporary debates about what sustainability implies and how to achieve it. The curriculum addresses design and construction ranging from the micro- to the macro-environment as well as overarching subjects like economics and public policy.

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