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  • Urban Land Regeneration

    Urban Land Regeneration

Program Code:ULR
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Regeneration is the process of assessing the natural quality of a place and providing clean– up and development solutions for its future re– use as a living contributor to urban prosperity. These sites range from those on which a prior urban use occurred (everything from industrial manufacturing to a commercial gas station) to a perceived open space (everything from a one–time landfill to an agricultural use with a long history of pesticide application) and, in all cases, for which private or public land owners are now seeking a renewed urban use.

It builds upon candidate’s existing education in fields such as civil engineering, environmental engineering and those with a chemistry or advanced natural sciences background. It provides candidates with the knowledge and skills required to assess the physical quality of land, including its soil, water, and contamination features, and recommends appropriate remediation approaches to prepare land for future urban development approval and use.

This program’s highly marketable skills for employability recognize that the interaction of human needs with the natural world creates challenges for those engaged in urban development. As such, the program covers the distinct hydrogeological, contamination, and geophysical characteristics of the Canadian, and particularly Ontario environment, as well as the risk management and remediation approaches required for urban use or re–use.

Successful graduates of this program will be highly sought individuals who will work with property and land development companies, urban remediation organizations, municipal and regional government approval agencies, consulting engineers, and others with an interest in putting into active, sustainable use, land proposed for development or re– development but which requires analysis as to its quality, and in many cases, recommended approaches for its decontamination for eventual land development authorization.

Topics covered will include the various stages of the urban land redevelopment process, environmental assessments and reporting, soil, water and air assessment, contamination issues, remediation strategies, health and safety obligations, and risk management with particular emphasis on urban land development processes.

Program Learning Outcomes:

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyze, translate, and produce relevant documents and reports, in written, oral, and visual formats, to enhance the effective and accurate communication of information
  • Apply foundational scientific principles applicable to an analytical and solutions approach within the natural environment in order to prepare land for urban redevelopment
  • Apply principles of management for built and natural environment “net positive” sustainability.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret and report representative samples of natural elements
  • Interact with a team and stakeholders in a professional manner, respecting differences, to ensure a collaborative analytical framework for environmental decision-making.
  • Anticipate and respond to challenges inherent in complex environmental remediation and regeneration projects.
  • Complete all work in adherence to health and safety requirements, environmental regulations, and professional and ethical mandates.
  • Identify potential risk events, monitor and control risk events, and assess risk management outcomes associated with different levels of environmental quality assurance.
  • Employ a range of methodologies, techniques, and tools available to project managers including the use of foundational engineering and scientific principles applicable to an environmental analysis and solutions approach.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree from an accredited institution in the fields of applied science, engineering, or engineering technology; OR
  • A three–year advanced post secondary diploma with a minimum of 3 years documented work experience in a related field including references; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the college level.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

The two–semester Urban Land Regeneration graduate certificate program will prepare you for careers in many of the sub–disciplines of environmental and civil engineering. Upon graduation, candidates will be qualified to examine various potentially contaminated or at–risk sites and determine their physical quality with respect to groundwater, soil properties, contamination challenges, urban development potential, and risk management issues. Candidates will recommend and be part of a team implementing strategies associated with site remediation and re–development.

Important Academic Dates

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Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ULR101 The Sustainability Matrix 3
ULR103 Phase I and II Environmental Assessments 3
ULR104 Environmental and Industrial Chemistry 3
ULR105 Built Environment Contamination 3
ULR106 Soil, Air and Water Sampling 4
ULR107 Applied Hydrogeology Case Studies 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ULR201 Feasibility Studies 4
ULR202 GIS and Data Management 3
ULR203 Phase IV Technologies and Case Studies 3
ULR204 Environment and Risk Management 4
ULR208 Applied Communications 3
ULR215 Urban Land Development Process 3

Contact Us

Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22445
Admissions Advisor:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angela Sakellariou
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22802
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
Program Coordinator: Mahipal Jadeja
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26380
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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