Climate Law for Infrastructure Practitioners

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An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Online Course

The course starts October 28, 2022

This online course will provide an overview of legal frameworks aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change and discuss existing and emerging legal obligations relevant to infrastructure professionals at the provincial, federal and international level. It will focus on the roles and responsibilities of infrastructure professionals and how they can adapt their practices to incorporate climate change and reduce exposure to potential negligence lawsuits, and explore corporate issues relating to climate change, including risk disclosure requirements, asset management and director and officer obligations, as infrastructure professionals have a role in managing these risks and assisting clients to improve climate risk disclosure.

The Climate Risk Institute is excited to announce that our suite of courses that make up the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credential is moving to a new platform in collaboration with Royal Roads University. Our courses will now be hosted on the Moodle Platform where you will be able to find all course material and engage in discussions and knowledge sharing with other participants and instructors. The courses are a blend of synchronous sessions (where you will join live Zoom meetings once per week) and asynchronous content where instructors have recorded lecture content and readings that you can complete on your own schedule.

Notifications

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How to register:

You need to register for an account with Royal Roads University.

  1. If you have an account already, click here to register (coming soon).
  2. If you do not yet have an account with Royal Roads, create an account: https://pcs.royalroads.ca/login
  3. Login to your account and visit the page: https://pcs.royalroads.ca/climate-law
  4. Complete the registration and payment
  5. You will receive an email outlining how to access the course when it opens

Course Fee:

$795 plus applicable taxes

Fees cover online course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be provided access to course materials one week prior to the beginning of the Course. This training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration

The course designed to fulfill one of the knowledge requirements of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program, but it can also be taken as a stand-alone course for professional development credits


Course Description

Climate change is here. It has already had a serious impact on our infrastructure, economy and environment, and its future impacts will only grow with time. Mitigation efforts may slow the rate of change, but are unlikely to reverse the trend. The majority of Canada’s infrastructure is decades old, and was designed based on outdated climate patterns. In light of our changing climate, design standards and existing infrastructure systems may need to be revised to ensure public safety and quality of life.

The combined efforts of engineers, architects and other infrastructure professionals will be required to address the combined challenges of infrastructure development/renewal and climate change. Professionals must augment skills with new information necessary to (re)design for, and adapt to a climate-adjusted future. An understanding of climate change risks and opportunities affecting project planning, design, construction and operation will be necessary to properly execute projects going forward.

Infrastructure professionals have a duty to protect human health, safety and welfare. They are also subject to legal responsibilities and standards of care, which could expose them to legal liability relating to climate impacts and associated damages if proper standards of prudence are not met. As the climate continues to change, legal duties and standards of care are also evolving. Relying on outdated standards and processes could be considered negligent. There is a need for education on climate change law and policy developments among infrastructure professionals, the wider construction industry and related decision-makers to promote improved consideration of climate change in a variety of practice areas and project types.

The Climate Risk Institute offers the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) certification program, which recognizes an individual’s additional knowledge in planning, designing and managing resilient infrastructure and building assets and their components in the face of extreme weather and our changing climate. The IRP will be available to infrastructure professionals who satisfy certain competency and assessment criteria.

This professional development course will be offered electronically on Zoom and will be recognized as part of the IRP program and aims to educate infrastructure professionals on climate change law issues and the associated implications on their practice. The course is divided into four modules:

  • Module 1 – Legal Framework for Climate Change Mitigation (Week 1)
  • Module 2 – Legal Framework for Climate Change Adaptation (Week 2)
  • Module 3 – Professional Responsibility and Avoiding Negligence (Week 3)
  • Module 4 – Corporate Disclosure of Climate Change Risks (Week 4)

Modules 1 and 2 provide an overview of legal frameworks aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change and discuss existing and emerging legal obligations relevant to infrastructure professionals at the provincial, federal and international levels. Module 3 hones in on the roles and responsibilities of infrastructure professionals and how they can adapt their practices to incorporate climate change and reduce exposure to potential negligence lawsuits. Finally, Module 4 explores corporate issues relating to climate change, including risk disclosure requirements, asset management and director and officer obligations, as infrastructure professionals have a role in managing these risks and assisting clients to improve climate risk disclosure.

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