Course in Sustainability Studies

Top Courses in Sustainability Studies

Sustainability Studies

Students wanting to change their education focus may choose to take some courses to get back on track. A course is also beneficial to those who are currently working and want to expand their skills to improve their future career outlook.

What are courses in sustainability studies? These are designed for students who care about the environment and want to be involved in sustainability management solutions. Each program will vary in its course offerings and focus, and some will have a more general approach while others explore specific subjects. Examples of topics include energy management in buildings, energy intensity of food production, new transportation technologies, renewable energy systems, and energy security. Focused subject areas may be sustainable supply chain management, greenhouse emissions, environmental economics, and environmental toxicology.

Students develop a number of beneficial skills by taking these courses. Some examples of abilities that may lead to enhanced career options include problem solving, critical thinking, and effective oral and written communication skills.

Students who avoid getting a higher education because they think it will cost too much may think differently when looking at courses. Many of them are short in duration, which makes them more affordable, and they can typically be taken part-time or online so one can still earn a living while going to school.

Careers in the sustainability field can be found in the humanities, social sciences, and biological sciences. The actual career paths can differ greatly, but in some ways the jobs promote social responsibility, environmental protection, and profitability. Specific titles may include civil engineer, industrial production manager, atmospheric and space scientist, chief sustainability executive, data entry technician, outreach coordinator, environmental policy director, natural resource manager, and international development researcher.

Explore here for online, local, and international sustainability courses. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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Sustainable Land Use & Urban Transitions: Design for Deconstruction in Wood

EIT Climate-KIC’s Autumn School
Campus Full time 2 weeks September 2018 Sweden Gothenburg

Turn your research into practice with our two-week Ph.D. autumn school on design for deconstruction in wood. In the future, we will think of wood buildings not just as living or working places, but also as “temporal carbon storage” that will ideally be recirculated into new buildings. [+]

Design for Deconstruction in Wood - PhD Autumn school

Apply now - Applications close August 26th!

16-29 September 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden

In the autumn of 2018, EIT Climate-KIC organises Catapult; a two week thematic summer school across Europe for PhD students. And we are open for recruitment!

During Catapult, new skills are acquired and innovative ideas brought to life. A combination of discussions with international academic experts and practitioners, creative transferable skills sessions, inspiring workshops, site visits and assignments create a unique learning experience for PhD students. In addition to the delivery of knowledge and skills, the programme is about connecting people and ideas.... [-]


Sustainable Land Use: Short food supply chains in operation

EIT Climate-KIC’s Autumn School
Campus Full time 2 weeks September 2018 Hungary Budapest Spain Valencia + 2 more

Turn your research into practice with our two-week Ph.D. Autumn school on Sustainable Land Use. Sustainable food value chain has economic, environmental and social impacts contribute stability and security to all stakeholders by creating jobs and stable incomes for farmers, limiting waste and negative impact on climate and provide healthy, nutrient-rich food to society. [+]

New opportunities for sustainable local products - PhD Autumn School

Apply now - Applications close August 26th!

22nd September - 6th October 2018

Budapest - Valencia

In the autumn of 2018, EIT Climate-KIC organises Catapult; a two week thematic summer school across Europe for PhD students. And we are open for recruitment!

During Catapult, new skills are acquired and innovative ideas brought to life. A combination of discussions with international academic experts and practitioners, creative transferable skills sessions, inspiring workshops, site visits and assignments create a unique learning experience for PhD students. In addition to the delivery of knowledge and skills, the programme is about connecting people and ideas.... [-]


Course in New Sustainable Fashion

Milano Fashion Institute
Campus Full time 3 weeks July 2019 Italy Milan

The short course “New Sustainable Fashion”, supported by Vogue Talents is aiming at preparing graduate and graduating students, young managers, professionals and young entrepreneurs to deal with the complexity of responsibility in the fashion industry by providing concrete tools and sharing inspiring business practices. [+]

New Sustainable Fashion

Crafting innovative business models through sustainability Sustainability is reshaping the rules of the game of the fashion industry. Starting the long and complex journey of integrating ethics and aesthetics into the value chain, working on responsible innovation is nowadays not just desirable but necessary. Nowadays the companies need to make a “sustainable” business model also “contemporary”, answering the needs of the Millennials and the future generations. A careful use of technology could catalyze this shift. The short course “New Sustainable Fashion”, supported by Vogue Talents is aiming at preparing graduate and graduating students, young managers, professionals and young entrepreneurs to deal with the complexity of responsibility in the fashion industry by providing concrete tools and sharing inspiring business practices.... [-]


Nice - Business, Sustainability & Immigration Course

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters January 2019 France Nice

Enjoy all that Côte d'Azur has to offer while studying topics that are relevant to the Mediterranean coast, such as Sustainability and Immigration, improving your language skills (no experience required), and learning about business with other international students. [+]

Overview

Set upon the edge of the Mediterranean Sea on the glamorous French Riviera, Nice beckons with its mild climate and clear skies. Whether you’re strolling the narrow streets of Old Town or looking down from Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) at the sweeping panorama of this breathtaking city, Nice will enchant you. Enjoy all that Côte d'Azur has to offer while studying topics that are relevant to the Mediterranean coast, such as Sustainability and Immigration, improving your language skills (no experience required), and learning about business with other international students.

You will take your language and area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center and have the option of taking 6 credits of business at SKEMA, which is located in Sophia Antipolis and was named one of the best European business schools by the Financial Times.... [-]


Freiburg - Environmental Studies & Sustainability

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters February 2019 Germany Freiburg

This English-taught program allows you to explore topics in Environmental Studies, Forest Ecology, and Sustainability while living in Freiburg, located near the beautiful Black Forest and Rhine River Valley. [+]

Overview

The environmental movement took root in Freiburg long ago—and now it’s a way of life. Known for taking the lead in the development of eco-friendly technologies and architecture, Freiburg also attracts researchers and environmental organizations from around the world. Come study Freiburg’s many unique contributions to this important movement.

This English-taught program allows you to explore topics in Environmental Studies, Forest Ecology, and Sustainability while living in Freiburg, located near the beautiful Black Forest and Rhine River Valley.

Freiburg and the surrounding regions will be your classroom. Imagine traveling to the Rhine River to take samples and observe local ecology, or the forests of the Swiss Alps to further your discussions on forest management and tourism. Wherever possible, your courses take you outside the classroom to give you hands-on experience and to take advantage of all that your study abroad location has to offer.... [-]


upper carbon footprint (madrid)

EOI Spain’s School of Industrial Organisation
Campus Full time September 2018 Spain Madrid Seville Alicante Marbella + 2 more

More and more companies and public bodies at national and international suppliers require their carbon footprint information.The carbon footprint quantifies [+]

Course in Carbon Footprint (Madrid)

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More and more companies and public bodies at national and international suppliers require their carbon footprint information. The carbon footprint quantifies the amount of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) that are released into the atmosphere over the life cycle of a product, in the development of the activity of a company.

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Through the calculation of the carbon footprint comprehensively identify the sources of GHG emissions associated with different products or activities. This will allow companies:

Identify and reduce your energy costs Efficiently manage the risks associated with carbon Differentiate your product or service and access markets that require carbon footprint information on certain products. ... [-]

Design for Sustainability Online Course - Social Dimension

Gaia Education
Online Full time Part time 8 weeks October 2018 United Kingdom Forres + 1 more

Are you looking to consciously reinvent cooperative and harmonious ways of living and working together? If so, how do we design for group development, leadership, conflict resolution, decision-making, creativity, social justice, and communication? [+]

Are you looking to consciously reinvent cooperative and harmonious ways of living and working together?

If so, how do we design for group development, leadership, conflict resolution, decision-making, creativity, social justice, and communication?

Join Gaia Education’s Social Design for Sustainability course and learn practical effective ways to create the change we all seek. Our distinct programme is your chance to learn about the different ways to participate in this (r)evolutionary shift in paradigms.

Our aim is to give you a better understanding of the true meaning of social equity and participatory action and to enable participants to apply transformative tools that align us with more resilient social systems. Our relationship with others is too dear to let it default on old domineering paradigms.... [-]


Design for Sustainability Online Course - Ecological Dimension

Gaia Education
Online Full time Part time 8 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom Forres + 1 more

We are all designers since our actions and inactions are responsible for shaping the world around us. If you are ready to become a conscious designer to create a better world for yourself and your community, then our unique Sky Programme is what you have been waiting for. [+]

We are all designers since our actions and inactions are responsible for shaping the world around us. If you are ready to become a conscious designer to create a better world for yourself and your community, then our unique Sky Programme is what you have been waiting for.

Ecological designers ensure that life-supporting natural functions are not only preserved but regenerated whenever possible. They work with Nature rather than against her. They understand that sustainable settlement design is the creation of self-reliant, self-maintaining, self-regenerating ‘living systems’ that can support thriving community life for all their inhabitants. They know that Ecological concerns are fundamental to the design and development of ecovillages and sustainable intentional communities as a whole. Learn to become an active change agent to design better homes for yourself and others.... [-]


Building Brand & Value Through Sustainable Business Practices

University of Washington Foster School of Business
Campus Part time 2 days May 2019 USA Washington South Korea Seoul San Francisco + 3 more

You'll come away with a clear understanding of the key principles of retail sustainability as well as specific tools to begin developing a plan for your organization. [+]

co-sponsored by the Michael G. Foster School of Business's Retail Management Program and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Why are the world's largest retailers driving sustainability throughout their value chain? What can you learn about sustainability practices from major companies such as Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, IKEA, Starbucks and REI? How can sustainable policies impact brand and business value? What are the financial and strategic benefits of embracing sustainability?

This intensive two-day seminar explores why and how many of the nation's most successful businesses are integrating sustainability into their operations and branding strategies. You will come away with a clear understanding of the key principles of sustainability as well as specific tools to begin developing a plan for your organization. If you already have sustainability policies, you can learn next steps and how to better measure their effectiveness on your business, community and the natural world.... [-]


Design for Sustainability Online Course Worldview

Gaia Education
Online Full time Part time 8 weeks May 2019 United Kingdom Forres + 1 more

Einstein warned us that we cannot expect to solve the converging crises we are facing within the same mindset and way of thinking that caused these problems in the first place.

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"Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them." Albert Einstein “The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.” Joanna Macy Einstein warned us that we cannot expect to solve the converging crises we are facing within the same mindset and way of thinking that caused these problems in the first place. We need to learn to question our basic assumptions and learn to ask deeper questions that help us to transcend and include multiple perspectives if we hope to steer humanity into an uncertain future with wisdom, foresight, and precaution. The Worldview Dimension of this course invites you to become more conscious about how your worldview and value system affects your perceived needs and how it informs the way you might propose and design solution in any given situation. By identifying a series of valid perspectives, worldviews and value systems and putting them into context with each other, rather than seeing them as mutually exclusive or contradictory, we are taking the important first step to being able to facilitate the complex multi-stakeholder dialogues upon which the local, regional and global transition to sustainability and regenerative cultures will depend.... [-]


Lean and the Work Environment Course

NIVA Education
Campus Full time 4 days Denmark Copenhagen

The course will consist of a mix of lectures and discussions on the role of lean, the work environment and sustainable production processes in practical lean implementation or the participant’s research projects. Basic lean literature will be distributed to participants before the course. [+]

The course will consist of a mix of lectures and discussions on the role of lean, the work environment and sustainable production processes in practical lean implementation or the participant’s research projects. Basic lean literature will be distributed to participants before the course. The participants will also be asked to prepare a brief introduction of their research project or lean implementation activities.

The course can be approved as a Phd-course with 3,5 ETCS at Aalborg University.

This course has also been accepted as a theoretical course (10 hours) demanded in the medical specialist education in the training programs of occupational health services at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The acceptance is valid for the specialist training programs at the Faculty of Medicine of all Finnish universities.... [-]


Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development Online Course

Gaia Education
Online Full time Part time 8 weeks September 2018 United Kingdom Forres + 1 more

“Sustainable energy — energy that is accessible, cleaner and more efficient—powers opportunity. It grows economies. It lights up homes, schools and hospitals. It empowers women and local communities. And it paves a path out of poverty to greater prosperity for all.” UN Sustainable Energy for All [+]

“Sustainable energy — energy that is accessible, cleaner and more efficient—powers opportunity. It grows economies. It lights up homes, schools and hospitals. It empowers women and local communities. And it paves a path out of poverty to greater prosperity for all.” UN Sustainable Energy for All

Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity, and an environment that allows the world to thrive. Development is not possible without energy, and sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.

This online programme will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development at a global scale. It will present the case on how renewable energies represent at the same time an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity.... [-]


Course: Design for Sustainability Online Course - Economic Dimension

Gaia Education
Online Full time Part time 8 weeks March 2019 United Kingdom Forres + 1 more

Never has there been a better time and a more urgent need to create a more resilient and participatory future by turning our attention to alternative economic paradigms. If you feel stuck or uncertain about what you can do and yearn to open the door to these new possibilities then our e-learning programme is for you. [+]

Never has there been a better time and a more urgent need to create a more resilient and participatory future by turning our attention to alternative economic paradigms. If you feel stuck or uncertain about what you can do and yearn to open the door to these new possibilities then our e-learning programme is for you. Many know that our current economic system is no longer sustainable, yet few are aware of the alternatives? Our aim is to give you a better understanding of those alternatives and the true meaning of economy and wealth. Participants will learn about existing systems and tools that are useful, and redesign those that have proven dysfunctional based on already tested alternatives. To do nothing is to accept that but a handful of economists and political leaders still believe the answer to our problems is more economic growth – more production, more consumption, more highways, more buildings, more logging, more fishing, etc., ad infinitum. By continuing to collectively pay for this dysfunctional system through our taxes, we are all becoming accomplices in an environmental despoliation and ever-increasing debt serfdom as we remain addicted to growth and the way money is created. "The Third Industrial Revolution will also bring with it a more democratic economy. The distributed nature of renewable energies necessitates collaborative rather than hierarchical command and control mechanisms. This new lateral energy regime establishes the organizational model for the countless economic activities that multiply from it. A more distributed and collaborative industrial revolution, in... [-]


Introduction Course to Designing for Sustainability

Gaia Education
Online Part time 12 - 15 hours Open Enrollment United Kingdom Forres

Global experts advise in order to stir humanity towards sustainability we need to re-design everything, from our homes to our food, energy, transport and economic systems. This transformation needs to occur on a grand scale and take into consideration people, planet, and livelihoods to arrive at a holistic balance as we humbly endeavor to redesign human presence on Earth.

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WELCOME to the Gaia Education's Designing for Sustainability: Introducing the Big Picture of Co-Creating a Thriving Future. Global experts advise in order to stir humanity towards sustainability we need to re-design everything, from our homes to our food, energy, transport and economic systems. This transformation needs to occur on a grand scale and take into consideration people, planet, and livelihoods to arrive at a holistic balance as we humbly endeavor to redesign human presence on Earth. So, what does it mean to re-design everything? Rooted in Gaia Education’s over 10 years of international experience in community design education and sustainable systems thinking, we offer you this short course that highlights what is possible, what is being done, and what remains to be done to transform society while addressing the most pressing issues of our times. Designing for Sustainability invites a cross-generational process of critical thinking, the exploration of innovative solutions and social entrepreneurship, and is inspired by what Thich Nhat Hanh has called “interbeing” - the connection we all share with all living things. Using examples from ecovillages and sustainable communities from around the world, this course will introduce you to people who are creating communities that tread more lightly on the planet and do so in a way that recognizes the power of collaboration, the promise of regenerative systems, and the value of diversity. You will learn from the pioneers and visionaries who have dared to innovate and bring sustainability resilience, and systemic thinking to urban, rural, and traditional... [-]


Sustainable Business Strategy

Harvard Business School
Online 3 weeks September 2018 USA USA Online

Sustainable Business can change the world. Will you? [+]

Sustainable Business can change the world. Will you?

Climate change. Income inequality. Social injustice. These are just three of the big problems of our time. In Sustainable Business Strategy, you will learn how businesses can thrive and grow while simultaneously playing a major role in solving some of these big problems. You will also learn how you as an individual can make a difference.

Through interactive online case studies with leading companies such as Walmart and Unilever, you will learn why purpose-driven firms perform well, and how they can kickstart the wheel of change. You will examine different business models and gain an understanding of the broader landscape including the role of government, investors, and customers. Whether you are just getting started in your career or are already an established professional, you will walk away from Sustainable Business Strategy with the ability to:... [-]