Augustana Extended Education (AEE)

Sustainability 101: Governance for Sustainability

The Governance for Sustainability one-day short course brings together community members, representatives of both non-governmental and business sectors, elected officials, and municipal administrators with the Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities, Dr. Lars Hallström. It is oriented towards the key challenges of decision-making, engagement, and policy-making and analysis within a sustainability-oriented process, and is premised upon identifying the causes, alternatives, and viable analysis of the challenges faced by rural governments, and governance in the 21st century. These include questions of institutional and procedural design, evidence, planning for sustainability, implementation, integration, engagement, assessment and accountability, and municipal governance.

What you will learn

Opportunities (and challenges) lie in the relationships created between citizens, organizations, institutions and the goals and actions of sustainability in rural communities. This course examines these relationships from the standpoint of 5 major themes:

  • Sustainable development as an integrative, multi-sectoral process for rural communities;
  • Public engagement and participation as a necessary condition of sustainability;
  • Public management as a key element of sustainability governance;
  • Accountability and responsibility of leadership, institutions and practices; and
  • The increasing importance of inter-municipal and inter-community planning and collaboration.


Lars HallströmLars K. Hallström, Ph.D
Director, Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities

Dr. Hallström is a Professor at the University of Alberta and the inaugural Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities. He is committed to overseeing the ACSRC’s efforts to advance the U of A’s rural focused research and to forge practical connections to rural communities.

Dr. Hallström comes to the U of A from St. Francis Xavier University, where he served as an Associate Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Governance. He took a leadership role in establishing the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. His research has been diverse and includes issues relating to small-scale forestry and woodlots, public health, and the politics of environmental movements. He holds a PhD from Purdue University and a BA from the University of Calgary.

Sustainability 101 & the Certificate in Rural Sustainability

With rural economic development at the forefront of municipal dialogue, AEE’s Sustainability 101 series of five, one-day short courses is designed to strengthen rural municipal leadership by recognizing elected officials, municipal administrators, and community leaders for accomplishing training in five core areas: Governance for Sustainability, Economics & Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Social Sustainability, and Cultural Sustainability.

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.

Learn more about the Certificate in Rural Sustainability.