The Economic Literacy Project centres on training and knowledge building that supports the participation of environmental leaders in the development of a smarter and sustainable economy.
Green Economy Learning Network
The Green Economy Learning Network is a program that gathers ~25 key ENGO leaders from ~12 different green economy non-profits for a series of three-day learning network sessions. GELN began in autumn 2019, with a second session in March 2020 and a final session happening October 2020, taking place in a rural retreat setting where we ‘sequester’ participants and give them an opportunity to build skills and knowledge, reflect on their long-term goals and course-correct if necessary and to build community among like-minded leaders, campaigns and organizations.
In Person Training Workshops
This training program consisted of a series of six, ½ day training workshops at the Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina in Toronto that supported ENGO capacity by increasing knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and their role in supporting a green economy. This combination of classroom training, information sharing and convening was designed to provide a pulse of capacity building to environmental leaders and affiliated partners and allies. The training stream included a case-based approach to address key economic concepts, their assumptions, key measures and gaps, and their strengths and limitations.
Green Economics: A Training Intensive for Non-Economists
A grant from the Peter Gilgan Foundation has enabled us to extend the impact of our highly regarded Economic Literacy Project (ELP) into select provincial capitals outside Ontario. A training session was held in Halifax last January 11-12, 2018, in Calgary last September 20-21, 2018, as well as a session in Vancouver last February 20-21, 2019.
These training sessions have given the environmental community in each of these cities access to key thinkers and analysis as they relate to a clean, smart and sustainable economy but also help to develop relationships with and among the attendees.
Economic Literacy for a Green Economy – Online Course
This online program consists of a series of six modules that will build organizational capacity by increasing the knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and their role in supporting a green economy. The training stream takes a case-based approach to address key economic concepts, their assumptions, key measures and gaps, and their strengths and limitations.
This program is now managed by Eric Miller. For more information, please visit elge.ca
Sustainability Network Environment & Economy Fellowship Program (SNEEF)
SNEFF helped graduate students from the Faculty for Environmental Studies at York University complete field placements with ENGO alumni of the workshop series described above. The goal was to provide an infusion of environment-economy energy, ideas and temporary assistance into leading ENGOs while providing work experience, professional development and fellowship support for aspiring ecological economists.
Click here to learn more about SNEEF 2018.Click here to learn more about SNEEF 2017.
Eric Miller released a couple of ELP briefs and talked about these through webinars. To learn more about these briefs and webinars:
NAFTA and Free Trade: An Ecological Economics Perspective – A Free Economic Literacy Project Webinar with Eric Miller
Government Budgets As If Sustainability Mattered
– Brief (pdf)
– Webinar recording
Green Economy Perspectives
Green Economy Perspectives was part of the Economic Literacy Project and offered training and outreach to ENGOs to help Canadians transition toward a green economy. Past events include: Green Economy Perspectives with Minister Glen Murray, Bruce Lourie on Reinventing Sustainability, Canadian Strategies for a Stronger, Cleaner Economy with Mike Wilson of Sustainable Prosperity, Karen Clarke-Whistler: Shifting The Market, From New Economics to a New System – A Forum with Stewart Wallis and Peter Victor.