Sustainable Communities: A Local Systems Approach to Planning

Course Information

This course is intended for all Extension professionals and public officials interested in community development and sustainability topics. The course will provide you with a systems perspective of community sustainability looking through the lens of some of the common topics that communities are facing today– energy, local food, built environments, mobility, natural resources, community capacity, and economic development. 

This Sustainable Communities course was previously a training program created by a task force of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) in partnership with the Foundation of Practice program and the eXtension Land Use Planning Community of Practice. 
Important Note:
The original Sustainable Communities curriculum consisted of 8 live 90 minute webinars, which took place between January and March 2011. The PDF presentation files and the separate audio recordings for these webinars have been made available for the users. It is important that the user understands that this is not a live course, and that the user will be listening and following along to past recordings of the webinar presentations. After each module there is a short quiz for the user to take, and upon completion of all 8 modules, the user will have the option to download a certificate of completion. 

Enrollment Information

Cost to enroll: $29.00

To enroll go to

Create an account or use your existing account. To create an account click on ‘Create new account’ and fill in the information requested. If you already have an account look to the left and enter your username and password to login. If you are an Extension professional with an eXtension ID, you can log in using Open ID on the right hand log-in window.
When you create a new account you should receive an email confirming the account creation within an hour or so. Follow the instructions in the email to enable the account. If you do not get a confirmation email please email: for help.
Once you are logged in, click on this link to go directly to the course page and enroll: Enroll
Enrollment in this course requires a $29.00 payment via PayPal. Once your payment has been received, the course will be unlocked, and you will have 90 days to complete it. 
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