Sustainability Network has a good understanding of the ENGOs within the environmental community and we have the relationships with key thought leaders to provide learning opportunities and supports to build their economic literacy and infuse ecological economics principles into their campaigns and program work. Heightened economic literacy — defined as the competence in identifying and evaluating economic concepts as they relate to finance, the economy, and political systems — supports a deeper understanding of macro-economics and enables a richer and more confident sense of economic citizenship and engagement.

Green Economy 101 is primarily about engaging, supporting and informing champions and supporting new collaborativeEric Miller and Paul Bubelisnetworks. The training builds capacity in the (e)NGO community, supports emerging and established leaders and provides a place for relationships to be established and/or strengthened. Secondarily, the training workshops support the broader knowledge building that is needed to develop a roadmap toward a sustainable environment/economy vision.
 
Each of these two-day workshops will be public events that are filled on a first come first served basis but we will prioritize attendance by the environmental community. We’ll use our contact lists but we will also call on local partners to promote the gatherings including provincial affiliates of the Canadian Environmental Network and local members of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE).
 
Green Economy 101 participants will benefit by increasing their intellectual capacity in regards to environment economy integration. We’ll take them through a proven curriculum that will cover the key material within the field of traditional, environmental, natural resource and, most importantly, ecological economics.
 
The curriculum has been developed for the workshop series and online course to motivate learning about key economic concepts, their assumptions and points of contention, key measures and gaps, and the strengths and limitations of an economic perspective on issues. Participants move through the curriculum and then are challenged to formulate questions which help the learner master an understanding of the concepts. Learners have time to reflect and undertake self-directed research and/or the online course if interested in delving deeper.

The curriculum was developed in 2015 but it would be abridged somewhat and revised down to about 6-7 hours of total lecture/instruction over the two days, with the rest of the time being more interactive and participant-driven, and with a one hour slot for a local guest economist.

Green Economy 101 will be delivered it three times between early 2018 and mid 2019. The first offering will take in Halifax on January 11 and 12, 2018, in association with the Ecology Action Centre and the HRM Alliance. Other offerings will be announced by the spring of 2018.

We will assemble a class of ten to fifteen people and keep the class size small to better allow discussions and relationship building. Our intent is not to provide a little bit of information to many but rather to support small groups of key individuals and to foster community building as well. The workshops will run between 10AM and 5PM to allow some commuters to travel from not-too-distant urban centres.

No later than a week before delivery, participants would complete an online survey that will ask them to identify their vision of a green economy, obstacles to overcome, and successes to build upon. Slide decks containing information on each topic, the text of the cases, a glossary of terms and concepts and list of suggested readings will be made available to learners. Afterward, participants would be provided access to a basic password-protected website to access digital versions of presentation slides and those of the guest economist, and bios of the other participants.

Those particularly keen on continuing the learning will be encouraged to join our online course. Twelve hours of videotaped instruction, quizzes and cases along with 3.5 hours of online face-time with the Eric Miller our instructor will ensure that those who join the online training as follow up will find it additive and not duplicative.

This training program will support a deeper understanding of macro-economics and enable a richer and more confident sense of economic citizenship and engagement among the (e)NGO community. Increased knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and their role in supporting a green economy at the municipal, provincial, and federal level will result.