OLP302 - Living Green Infrastructure

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Subject Title
Living Green Infrastructure

Subject Description
This course will be an interest to planners, policy makers and developers, where you are introduced to the complexity and simplicity of integrated natural solutions, called low impact development (LID) and living green infrastructure (GI).

In ?The State of Canadian Cities and Communities, 2012? the Federation of Canadian Municipalities called for the employment of more sustainable technologies and practices, and an investment in resilient infrastructure for long-term future benefits. Great strides are being made on many fronts, but so much more can be done with a better understanding of natural ecosystem processes. No solution can be sustainable if it degrades nature?s ability to sustain itself and us.

All too often, problems are addressed in isolation along budget categories set by administrators. Truly sustainable solutions can only arise from a holistic process, involving interdepartmental collaboration and problem solving. It is not realistic, nor effective over the long term, to address urban forest pests, for instance, without giving consideration to lot sizes, construction practices, water management, pesticide use policy, and ultimately, soil quality.

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and tools to assist professionals and practitioners in attaining a proficient level of competence in low impact development and green infrastructure for implementing these technologies and best management practices throughout the planning, constructing and maintenance phase of land development.

While there are no one-size-fits-all solutions, you will gain a deeper understanding of nature?s contribution to the success of human created infrastructure, and to help everyone make better and more integrated decisions for long-term benefit.

Topics include

  • A deeper understanding of the living components of green infrastructure
  • Ecological impacts of development
  • Water catchment and use
  • Stormwater management
  • Waste management
  • Urban forestry
  • Wildlife / biodiversity
  • Food security
  • Environment and community health

Credit Status
3 credits (42 hours) toward the Organic Land Care Advanced – Level 3 Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Correctly use green infrastructure terminology.
  2. Demonstrate the necessity for a collaborative interdepartmental decision making process with respect to living green infrastructure.
  3. Describe the environmental conditions required by living organisms.
  4. Describe the impacts of land development activities on living ecosystems, and how major damage can be prevented.
  5. Maintain the value of the urban forest through appropriate design and management decisions.
  6. Protect and enhance wildlife habitat and biodiversity in an urban setting.
  7. Attract and store sufficient water in the landscape to allow it to flourish throughout the seasons, while simultaneously reducing storm water damage.
  8. Discuss options for reducing waste in the landscape and evaluate the benefits and shortcomings of 4 waste reduction products.
  9. Identify potential obstacles to successful urban agriculture in the community.
  10. Describe the relationship between environmental and community health.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  1. What’s the Problem?
  2. Understanding Plants
  3. Understanding Soil
  4. Development Impacts
  5. The Urban Forest
  6. Wildlife and Biodiversity
  7. Water Catchment and Use
  8. Storm water Management
  9. Waste Management
  10. Food Security
  11. Environment and Community Health

Mode of Instruction
This subject will be delivered via the internet. This involves the use of the online materials and/or text, possible group discussions and consultation with your instructor via the online course platform. Students will be responsible for completing all online activities and participating in group discussions and working through textbook readings, quizzes, assignments, as required.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
A passing grade in this course requires a minimum of 75% for each of the total written assignments and a minimum of 75% for the discussion participation.  A certificate of completion with a final grading of Excellent (over 90%) or Satisfactory (75 – 89%) will be awarded when the minimum passing grade has been achieved. Below passing grade of 75% constitutes a failing grade (Unsatisfactory).

Format for Assignments
Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments and Grading

Detailed assignment pages will be available for each assignment.  
Discussion Board Commentaries and Responses (10) 24%
Assignments (3) 74%
Questionaire (1) 2%

 All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Approved by: Denis Gravelle