Sustainability and Heritage: Protecting our Past and Future


This course will explore the synergies between the heritage and sustainability agendas. It will introduce concepts of heritage conservation; examine how heritage contributes to the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainability; and introduce some of the tools and programs available in Canada to assist with environmental sustainability in heritage conservation projects. Heritage assets can come to be regarded as liabilities and obstacles to development, rather than community assets, which can be an important part of the story of greening our cities. Re-using heritage assets can minimize construction waste, reduce our carbon footprint, encourage a vibrant local economy and reinforce a sense of place and civic pride.

Following this course, participants will be able to:
• Describe the concepts of heritage and a values-based approach to heritage conservation.
• Identify how heritage contributes to the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainability.
• Discuss how climate change adaptation, as well as mitigation, interrelates with heritage.
• Identify some of the tools/programs available in Canada which are being offered to assist with long-term sustainability in heritage conservation projects.

This course is delivered by Helen Phillips of the CaGBC.


An email will be sent from “Support Team” with the subject “CaGBC Central: New User Account” within 1 to 2 business days of purchase. If you already have a CaGBC Central account, your On Demand will appear under “My Courses” within 1-2 business days of purchase.

You will have access for a period of three calendar months from the date the course is made available to you.

Member (National or Chapter members) price: $19
Non member price: $29

Regular price: $29.00