Micro-Certificate in Environmental Metrics

What is the MFRE Micro-Certificate in Environmental Metrics?

The UBC Master of Food and Resource Economics program is offering a non-credit micro-certificate, Environmental Metrics for Sustainability Reporting, aims to train working professionals and new graduates in designing and setting up environmental metrics to track and assess the environmental impact of an organization’s activity and sustainability management practices.

Climate change, with its related implications for water, energy, and resource management, is upon us. Firms and governments have committed or are being regulated to incorporate environmental sustainability management practices into their organization’s operations. However, setting up the metrics to track environmental impact of these practices is often challenging and the supply of individuals with the required skill set is limited. This course will provide the skills to track environmental metrics.

This program qualifies for the StrongerBC future skills grant. This grant is open for British Columbians aged 19+, and covers up to $3,500 of training at public post-secondary institutions. Read more about the overall program on the StrongerBC site.

Apply for the Stronger BC future skills grant here.

Who is the MFRE Micro-certificate for?

  • Individuals who are working full or part time: Early to mid-career professionals with a university degree and industry knowledge, or new university graduates. Qualified program applicants will have basic data analysis skills and a strong working interest in the green collar and climate change professional sector.
  • Organizations: In particular those which have adopted sustainability management practices to meet emerging regulations and/or to address the climate crisis based on their own initiative. The proposed micro-certificate program will provide organizations with the opportunity to develop in-house expertise by sponsoring their employees’ enrollment or allowing their organization’s professional development funds to be used to cover the cost of the program.

Who is offering the MFRE Micro-certificate?

The Master of Food and Resource Economics program, part of UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems. MFRE is a unique one year masters degree combining Economics, Policy and Business as understood from an Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources and Environmental perspective.

Including faculty members:

  • James Vercammen, PhD, Professor, Joint Appointment with Sauder School of Business, Strategy and Business Economics Division and Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Food & Resource Economics (FRE) Group.
  • Kelleen L. Wiseman, MBA, PhD, Academic Director, Master of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Food & Resource Economics (FRE) Group.
  • Sumeet Gulati, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Food & Resource Economics (FRE) Group and Faculty Associate with Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES).
  • Carol McAusland, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Food & Resource Economics (FRE) Group.

Current Course Offerings

Each 3-week course will emphasize hands-on application through video lectures and experiential cases supported by industry experts. The proposed course content includes:

  • Course 1: ESG Fundamentals and Environmental Decisions.
  • Course 2: Data Gathering and Management for GHG Emissions and Food Waste.
  • Course 3: Environmental Assessment, Strategy Creation, and Sustainability Reporting.

Hours of Learning Activity

Each course will be completed over 3 weeks and will requires 4 hours of work every week (includes 2 hours/week viewing of module content and 2 hours/week activities/assessments/practice). Total time to complete all 3 courses and receive credential: 60 hours.

Delivery Format

To support various learning styles and access by diverse demographic groups, the following will be utilized:

  • Asynchronous lesson-based immersive (within food production, urban and biodiverse settings) video and audio lecture recordings and case studies
  • Synchronous experiential case approach & group coaching with organizations
  • Asynchronous and synchronous TA/Instructor-facilitated discussions
  • Content also supported via PDF readings, ongoing individual-paced learning activities, podcasts/interviews, plus hands-on mini software application cases

For more information and to register, contact:

Kelleen L. Wiseman, Academic Director
Master of Food and Resource Economics | Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Kelleen.wiseman@ubc.ca