ACSRC Monthly News
June/July 2017

New Sessions for the RAIL Commons 2017
The RAIL Commons 2017 offers enlightening sessions! 
  • Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged
  • Science, Who needs it?: Developing a Social Science  Framework for Alberta Parks.
  • Farmland Conservation and Fragmentation: Where, Why, What Next?
For the current line up or the full article on RAIL Commons below.

Beaver County Youth Engagement Project:
Now Live!
T he Beaver County Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) project was a two year research project conducted by the
    Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities in   
    partnership with both FCSS organizations in the County, 
    and Alberta Health Services.  It was completed March 
    31,  2017.  Visit the Beaver County project page and 
    youth  portal below!

Education and Training Opportunities
Certificate in Advanced Municipal Leadership 
AEE's Advanced Municipal Leadership Program is designed to strengthen local government leadership by providing elected officials and municipal administrators training in six core areas: Roles & Responsibilities,          
    Strategic Leadership, Communication & Engagement, 
    Planning & Action, Municipal Collaboration, and Change    
    Management.  Developed and delivered by former 
    Minister  of Municipal Affairs and best selling author,       
    Doug  Griffiths.

Sustainability 101: Certificate in Rural Sustainability 
Augustana Campus 
Based upon a five-pillar model of sustainability, these five open-enrollment courses focus upon the nature, origins, relevance, and application of the core, but complex, concepts that comprise sustainability and community development: Governance for Sustainability, Economics &     Sustainability , Environmental Sustainability , Social    

Rural Planning and Development Course
Hosted in your community!
Every community needs a tailored development strategy. The success of the strategy hinges on the quality of self-analysis; learning from other places, from the past, from theory. There is not a copy-paste strategy or a universal recipe for good development, planning, or governance.

The Agricultural Information Centre is hosting two field days touring urban farms in Alberta.  You'll learn best practices for producing food for profit in the city, some of the challenges involved, and navigating relationships with neighbours.

Books and Other Resources

Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning

This special issue of Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning draws the attention to ongoing concerns about the management of natural resources (NRM): their exploration, extraction, processing, and commodification is still happening in ways that are perceived to be socially unjust and ecologically unsustainable. This special issue seeks to highlight how the Foucaultian notion of power/knowledge remains underused and underdeveloped in the realm of environmental and resource governance.

Employment Opportunities
UNBC is Hiring!
New! Post-Doctoral research opportunity at the University of Northern British Columbia. The position is housed in the university's Community Development Institute (CDI) and will be based in the city of Fort St. John.
Alberta's Municipal Internship Program
The Municipal Internship Program is an opportunity to gain first-hand, real-life, practical experience and training in the Alberta municipal environment. It is designed to encourage recent post-secondary graduates to consider a career in municipal administration, finance, or land use planning. While contributing to their host organization, interns receive a salary, financial support for professional development, and opportunities to develop an extensive network of municipal and planning professionals.
Events and Conferences

Early Bird Registration Open!
The Rural Alberta Innovation and Learning Commons returns with the strong support of ATCO Gas. Be sure to register for this three day educational commons (Sept 29 to Oct 1).  This year's RAIL Commons is hosted at Olds College.  



Calendar of Events
For upcoming events, conferences and workshops visit the events calendar on the ACSRC website.  This calendar holds events offered by the ACSRC and other organizations with a common goal of sustainable rural communities.
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities