ENVS 305: Environmental Impact Assessment (Rev. 2) Report a Broken Link

Environmental Studies 305: Environmental Impact Assessment is designed to introduce you to a systematic process for predicting and evaluating the significant environmental consequences of a proposed action or undertaking. This process—environmental impact assessment—has been applied primarily to new infrastructure projects, such as power plants, highways, pipelines, dams, mines, airports, incinerators, and landfills. Assessment processes have also been used to consider the implications of new technologies, plans, and policies that may result in significant social and biophysical effects. This course focuses on environmental assessment processes—what they are meant to accomplish and how they are designed or should be designed to be effective, efficient, and fair.

Unit 1: History and Key Features of Environmental Assessment

Unit 2: Setting a Standard for Environmental Assessment in Canada—the Berger Inquiry on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline

Unit 3: Setting a Standard for Environmental Assessment in Canada—the Ecosystem Approach

Unit 4: Legislated Environmental Assessment at the Federal Level in Canada

Unit 5: Legislated Environmental Assessment at the Provincial Level in Canada

Unit 6: Indigenous Issues and Environmental Assessment in Canada

Read the case study beginning on page 113.

Unit 7: The Role of the Public in Environmental Assessment

Unit 8: Biophysical Impact Assessment and Cumulative Environmental Effects

Unit 9: Social Impact Assessment

Unit 10: Case Study—Environmental Assessment of the Red Hill Creek Parkway

Unit 11: The Prospects for Advancement of Environmental Assessment