Sustainability & Ecological Restoration


What is Sustainability and Ecological Restoration?

Society today is faced with critical environmental issues that need to be addressed at the research, policy and governance level. Individuals also play a large role in creating solutions through developing an understanding of the complexity of these issues and through reassessing and adjusting personal lifestyles. Our Sustainability and Ecological Restoration programs and courses provide information about these critical issues, update you on current practices and create open dialogue regarding solutions.

Offered jointly by the UVic School of Environmental Studies and the Division of Continuing Studies, our sustainability, environment courses blend sciences and social sciences, theory and practice to provide you with the tools to participate in restoration projects in your own backyard and across the globe.

Professional Development

Restoration of Natural Systems

The Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) Program is an award-winning curriculum that has been providing education in the practical and theoretical knowledge of ecological restoration since 1996. It offers a Diploma and a Certificate in ecological restoration, both at the 3rd and 4th year university level.

The Diploma is a credit offering that consists of 12 courses and requires admittance to the University as well as to the RNS program. The Certificate is 8 courses for noncredit and does not require admittance to the University, only acceptance to the program. Students in the Diploma option may apply their course credits towards a degree in Environmental Studies.


15 Years

Read more about inspiring program projects which
have taken place in the past 15 years

Professional Specialization Certificate in Ecological Restoration

Our Professional Specialization Certificate in Ecological Restoration is a four-course credential with an innovative systems approach to ecological restoration, especially relevant to urban areas. This non-credit certificate has been designed for professionals working in the field of landscape architecture, landscape design and management, forestry, agrology, biology, ecological restoration and environmental practice.

The ER program focuses on:

The program is offered entirely online. We offer two courses a year, for a two-year completion. For more information about the ER program, visit the ER program page or download the program brochure.

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Sample Student Projects

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