Course Highlights

Adaptation is about preparing for a changing climate while resiliency is about reducing the damages caused by climate change impacts. This course identifies and describes various adaptation solutions and strategies that have been implemented by local governments and organizations to provide the learner with an understanding of some of the ways climate resiliency can be achieved.

  • No application process or prerequisites

  • Complete the course at your own pace

  • Take up to 90 days to complete the course

  • Earn a certificate of course completion and digital badge upon successfully completing the course that can be shared on social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook; downloaded as a PDF; or even embedded in an email signature

Course Information

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. discuss the basics of climate change, including what it is and the main man-made and natural causes; 
  2. summarize sector-based climate change impacts including forestry, agriculture, human health, and the economy; 
  3. describe the key concepts of climate change adaption, resiliency, and mitigation; and 
  4. identify, through case studies, various adaptation solutions and actions that can help strengthen climate resiliency at the local and regional level. 


You will have 90 days to complete the course.

Learners who successfully complete the course will earn a digital badge and certificate of course completion.

View the curriculum below for more information. 


Course curriculum

    1. Welcome and Course Information

    2. Course Navigation

    3. Learning Objectives

    1. Climate Change Basics

    2. Key Terms and Concepts

    3. Climate vs Weather

    4. Difference Between Global Warming and Climate Change

    5. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

    6. Causes of Climate Change

    7. Climate Emission Scenarios and Projection Models

    8. Considering Uncertainty

    9. Climate Change Impacts

    10. Check Your Learning

    1. Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resilience

    2. Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resilience: Definitions

    3. Mitigation Overview

    4. Carbon Sources and Sinks

    5. Carbon Balance

    6. The Role of Afforestation and Deforestation in Climate Change

    7. Sustainable Forest Management in Mitigating Climate Change

    8. Adaptation and Building Resilience Overview

    9. Dealing with Climate Change at the Local Level

    10. Recap of Adaptation Examples Provided in the Intro to Climate Change Course

    11. Case Study Approach: Overview

    12. Check Your Learning

    1. Introduction to the Rain City Strategy

    2. Climate Emergency Declaration and the Path-forward in Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation

    3. Green Rainwater Infrastructure

    4. Cost and Benefits

    5. Rain City Strategy Document

    6. Green Rainwater Infrastructure Typologies

    7. Transformative Direction Action Plan

    8. Engagement Process & Summary

    9. Role of Trees in Urban Stormwater Management

    1. Introduction to Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority - Adapting Forestry Programs for Climate Change

    2. Adapting Forestry Programs for Climate Change

    3. Lake Simcoe Forests - Projected Impacts of Climate Change

    4. Tree Range Shifts

    5. Climate Considerations: Seed Zones

    6. Overview of LSRCA's Watershed Forestry Program

    7. Examples of Forestry Adaptation Strategies Identified by LSRCA

    1. ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

    2. Engaging Stakeholders on Climate Change Assessment - Train the Trainer

    3. Results

    4. ICLEI Resources

    5. Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Guide

    6. Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Municipal Climate Adaptation Workbook

About this course

  • $89.00
  • 64 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content

Reviews (coming soon)