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EENG 8400 - Legal Matters and Sustainability Management Systems

Environmental Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

​The course starts off with providing an overview of the Canadian legal system and fundamentals of environmental law and policy. The roles of federal, provincial, and local governments as well as Indigenous peoples in environmental protection and sustainable development are explained. Current environmental issues will be covered as case studies in light of laws and regulations. Course continues with a focus on the key elements of sustainability management systems (SMS) and processes involved in managing the environmental and health and safety aspects of an operation or organization. Students will learn how to develop and implement a SMS, which integrates sustainability into consideration and management of environmental aspects of an organization as well as the laws, policies, commitments, regulations and other drivers.


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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply the constitution and case law to determine jurisdiction, degree of conflict or harmonization with respect to environmental protection issues.
  • Carry on a legal analysis of an environmental issue.
  • Discuss the Indigenous peoples' and other parties' (stakeholders) rights and responsibilities and environmental law.
  • Discuss the most commonly used Environmental Management Systems (EMS) including ISO 14001 and EMAS
  • Integrate social and financial concerns into an EMS to create a Sustainability Management System (SMS).
  • Rank environmental and social impacts in terms of importance and assess potential targets for their ability to mitigate risks and minimize impacts.
  • Achieve targets by developing policies, programs and initiatives and integrating them into existing corporate culture.
  • Track the success of programs by identifying, recording and monitoring Key Performance Indicators (metrics) and taking corrective actions when necessary.
  • Analyze and present critical information for the purposes of internal and external auditing and reporting on the SMS.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

EENG 8400 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Environmental Engineering
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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