Augustana Extended Education (AEE)

Sustainability 101: Cultural Sustainability

In this course, the focus will be on cultural sustainability as one of the five pillars of sustainable development.  The primary focus will be on learning what is meant by the term ‘cultural sustainability’, and why this has an impact on organizational practices and activities. To do so, the course will examine why organizations are placing increasing importance on cultural sustainability, how they are implementing it into their practices, and some of the outcomes of doing so. Finally, we will discuss some of emerging trends and conversations currently occurring in this area.

What you will learn

  1. What is cultural sustainability? Why is this important? How does cultural sustainability connect with the other pillars of sustainability?
  2. How can a government or organization integrate cultural sustainability into their policies and plans?  What practical effects might this have on an organization?
  3. What are recent trends and conversations in the area of cultural sustainability?


Ryan YoungRyan Young

Ryan is the Director of Applied Learning at the Leder School of Business (The King’s University).  He has conducted both academic research and consulting work for businesses, unions, not-for-profits and governments.  He is interested in using business for the betterment of society, which led him to start and manage one of Thailand’s largest rural microfinance organizations. Within Alberta, Ryan has been active in the End Poverty Edmonton initiative, is the President of his community league and sits on several nonprofit boards.  He has also been active in Alberta’s electricity industry where he has worked with “green” energy retailers and several Rural Electrification Associations (REAs).

Sustainability 101 & the Certificate in Rural Sustainability

Sustainability 101 is a series of one-day short courses designed to support increased knowledge, capacity, and skills for sustainability in rural communities. Based upon a five-pillar model of sustainability (Governance, Economic, Social, Environmental, Cultural), these courses focus upon the nature, origins, relevance and application of the core, but complex, concepts that comprise sustainability and community development.

Our public policy-based approach to accessible programs speaks to broader issues, challenges, and dynamics affecting rural communities and is grounded in the need to do more than simply train administrators. In this series, we provide opportunities that not only increase community and organizational capacity, but address the broader challenges and dynamics of community sustainability, planning, rural/municipal governance and government, as well as the shifting emphasis upon partnerships, collaboration and competition as overarching principles for rural decision-making.

Complete all five Sustainability 101 courses (Governance for Sustainability, Economics & Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Cultural Sustainability, and Social Sustainability, in any order, to earn your ‘Certificate in Rural Sustainability’ from the University of Alberta - Augustana Campus.