Protecting shorelines in the face of climate change and sea level rise has largely focused on building seawalls and dikes. While these structures provide protection in the short term, they’re expensive and often contribute to erosion and habitat loss at other locations along the shoreline. As an alternative to hard armouring solutions like seawalls, the Green Shores Training Program provides practical strategies for shoreline design and management, and the promotion of healthy shoreline environments.


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Program description

The Green Shores Training Program provides options and tools for a wide range of planning, design and construction professionals and landowners who are interested in minimizing the environmental impacts of their projects in a cost-effective manner.

These one- and two-day workshops provide information about the Green Shores program, including its rationale, benefits and application. Topics covered include shoreline ecology and governance, Green Shores credits and ratings systems, and a visit to local shorelines to consider the concepts in a practical setting.

Who is this program for?

Green Shores Level 1 introduces participants to the Green Shores program, including its rationale, benefits and application. The content is of interest to elected officials, landowners, municipal staff, conservation organizations, real estate agents and others who have a general interest in shoreline ecosystem protection.

Green Shores Level 2 provides participants with in-depth knowledge about how the Green Shores credits and rating systems can be used in shoreline management projects. The content is of interest to professionals (biologists, engineers, planners, landscape architects) and contractors, local and regional government staff, and others seeking to implement the Green Shores program for a shoreline improvement, new design or development, or other related shoreline projects. The Green Shores Level 1 workshop is a prerequisite for the Level 2 workshop.

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Level 1 Workshop $0.00
Level 2 Workshop $670.00
Estimated Total $670.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information


Registration, non-attendance, withdrawals and refunds

Note: This sponsored workshop is very popular. In consideration of others on our waitlist, please contact us right away if your plans change and you cannot attend. To withdraw from the course call 250-472-4747 or email us at

How to apply

There is no application necessary for this program. Simply register for one of the above workshops, and upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate of participation. 

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