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Course details

​This course introduces participants to basic shoreline ecosystem principles and management practices, with emphasis on the purpose and application of the Green Shores rating systems. The content is of interest to shoreline professionals, landowners, conservation organizations, local government staff, elected officials, real estate agents, and others who have a general interest in shoreline protection. Green Shores Level 1 is a prerequisite for Green Shores Level 2 for shoreline practitioners. Topics covered include an overview of shoreline ecology including threats and improvements, an overview of shoreline governance, and an introduction to the Green Shores program. This course may be delivered either as a face-to-face one-day workshop or, alternatively, as an online paced course. While the face-to-face workshop includes a visit to a local shoreline, the online course includes a virtual shoreline visit, both of which will allow participants to consider the concepts in a practical setting. Both of the delivery formats require active participation in group discussions around how to implement key concepts and put new learning into practice.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of RENR 1720 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 47525


Start any time

  • 3 weeks
  • CRN 47525
  • $250.15
Continuous Entry, Distance or Online

This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 3 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.



Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you immediately after registering. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. Students have three-weeks to complete this course from the day that they register. Extensions will not be given. Students will need to complete and submit a waiver to Consent to Release Personal Information to Third Party to allow BCIT to communicate with the Stewardship Centre for BC regarding your completion of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the value of shoreline ecosystems and the physical processes that contribute to shoreline formation;
  • Summarize the impacts of human activity, invasive species, and climate change on shorelines;
  • Identify examples of shoreline improvements;
  • Outline responsibilities with respect to shoreline management;
  • Explain the benefits of the Green Shores program;
  • List the Green Shores application requirements and credit categories;
  • Outline the steps and responsibilities involved in implementing a Green Shores project by both the homeowner and a professional; and
  • Identify Green Shores credits that a project is likely to qualify for.

Effective as of Winter 2020


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