Do you want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem?

Do you want to learn to create elegant solutions carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness of place?

If you do, then becoming an ecological designer is for you.

The Ecological dimension of Gaia Education’s online course will give you the skills to become an ecological designer and create self-regenerating sustainable settlements.

World leaders have set the target of achieving three extraordinary things in the next 15 years:

  • end extreme poverty
  • fight inequality and injustice
  • fix climate change

The 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.

If we are to reach these goals, everyone needs to know about them. That is why the Ecological dimension is one of the four key components of our online Design For Sustainability programme. How about adding ecological design to your own skill set as an agent of positive change?

The Ecological dimension can be taken as a stand-alone programme or as the starting point for our 10-month online Design For Sustainability certificate course. The cost of the Ecological dimension is £350 GBP. The course, which includes an orientation period, lasts for a duration of eight weeks. We suggest you dedicate a minimum of 10 hours a week to the course, in order to receive maximum benefit from it.

After completing the Ecological dimension you will have the confidence and ability to start positioning yourself in the field of Ecological Design and Sustainability.

Graduates of our programmes have gone on to contribute to sustainability projects, build communities, become social entrepreneurs, partake in permaculture projects and bio-dynamic farming, support transition movements and much more.

Course Content

You will receive an interactive pdf document of approximately 140 pages with many images, graphics and links to useful short videos, websites and documents.

You will also be provided with your own personal Student Guide, describing each dimension’s learning outcomes, objectives and timeline, plus a set of activities for each module of the learning journey.

The Ecological dimension is authored by:

  • Michael Shaw
  • Daniel C. Wahl
  • Ezio Gori
  • Lisa Shaw

The course is built on five modules, which you can read about below.

Module 1 Whole Systems Approach to Ecological Design

Starting from the concept of ‘building cultures of sustainability’, this section covers the ‘big picture’ as well as looking at the philosophical foundations and principles of ecological design.

We look at the whole system in which we live our lives and how we can affect the world through the specific design decisions we make and implement.

Module 2 Appropriate Water Technology

The link between fossil fuel reserves and war has been a clear pattern for decades, yet equally many violent conflicts and wars have already been fought over the access to water.

Water is a very scarce resource and yet is wasted and contaminated on a gigantic scale.

A seventh of the world’s population is still without access to a safe water supply.

Learning to create more efficient systems to care for the world’s water is critical.

Module 3 Local Food Systems

Healthy local food is one of the best entry points into building a sustainable community, whether in a newly built ecovillage or in the transformation of a village or town.

Food invites us to think about our health, our local economy and our relationship with the land.

Since food is a basic need, we need to make sure to design resilient, productive and regenerative food systems as the foundations of thriving communities and regions.

Module 4 Appropriate Technology

This module deals with the appropriate technology for the generation and use of energy.

The module also looks at sustainable design of carbon neutral energy systems and explores these technologies as part of a resilience strategy for sustainable communities and ecovillages.

Scaling and scale are important aspects to consider in order to appropriately cater for various types of developments, locations and bioregions.

Module 5 Green Building and Retrofitting

This module explores the challenges inherent in modern building and construction techniques and explores alternatives that are more energy efficient and less environmentally damaging.

You will learn to discriminate between different building methods, material choices and architectural styles and how to adapt them depending on local and regional conditions.

We also explore how best to retrofit poorly designed structures and improve the patterns of suburban sprawl.

What You Will Receive

  • a downloadable course book with the latest research and additional resources (also available as an online e-book)

  • a student handbook with all the important information concerning the course

  • a Student Guide: description of each dimension’s learning outcomes, objectives, and timeline, plus a set of activities for each module of the learning journey

  • access to the virtual campus, where you join our classrooms, forums, design teams, have direct communication with tutors, with access to sample and all learning materials and activities for certification, as well as social media related to the course

  • orientation to the virtual campus, e-learning tools, and the Moodle platform

  • full technical and academic support to navigate the virtual course and achieve all the learning outcomes

  • a Certificate of Completion from Gaia Education

  • earn credits to continue to our flagship certificated programme in Sustainability and Design

  • the ability and practical skills to take active steps in the strategic area of Design for Sustainability
    paving the way of joining the Gaia Education Learning Journey

Your Investment

The Ecological Design dimension starts on 14 January 2019 & lasts for a duration of eight weeks.

We suggest you dedicate a minimum of 10 hours a week to receive the maximum benefit from this programme.

The price for this 8-week programme is £350 GBP. Early bird: register up to one month before the start date to get a 20% discount!

For further information, please email elearning@gaiaeducation.org

The cost of this unique and exciting course is £350 GBP. It may be the best investment you ever make for yourself. The whole duration of this dimension is eight weeks, encompassing approximately 80 hours of study time. Register up to one month before the start date to get a 20% early bird discount!

Upon completion, you will be equipped with the understanding and skills to become a confident change maker in ecological issues of sustainability. It will also qualify you to go on to study in our fully certificated programme, Design for Sustainability, and join a Design Studio after completing the four dimensions of the course.

Program taught in:
English
Spanish
Portuguese (Brazil)
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