Course in Sustainability Studies

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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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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.... [-]


Seminar on Management and Management of Hazardous Waste and Special Management

Tecnológico de Monterrey (Educación Continua Presencial)
Campus Full time Part time 40 hours March 2019 Mexico Tampico Chihuahua Reynosa Oaxaca + 4 more

Provide participants with basic knowledge about the applicable legal requirements in the management and handling of hazardous waste and special handling. [+]

Duration 40 hours

General purpose:

Provide participants with basic knowledge about the applicable legal requirements in the management and handling of hazardous waste and special handling.

Benefit:

That the participant has the knowledge to perform the management of materials, chemical substances and hazardous waste in your company and in accordance with current regulations.

Addressed to:

Responsible for the environmental department and / or environmental legal compliance of companies, coordinators and auditors of environmental systems. Personnel responsible for the Environmental, Safety and Industrial Hygiene Department, and any person related to the management of materials, chemical substances and hazardous waste in the company.... [-]


Online Course: Adaptive Planning for Infrastructure and Water Management

TU Delft Open & Online Education
Online Part time 6 weeks October 2018 Netherlands Netherlands Online

Learn skills and tools needed to analyze 'deep' uncertainties, to anticipate change and to design adaptation pathways for large-scale and long-term interventions in infrastructure and water management systems. [+]

Learn skills and tools needed to analyze 'deep' uncertainties, to anticipate change and to design adaptation pathways for large-scale and long-term interventions in infrastructure and water management systems.

Recent events show the vulnerability of infrastructure to unexpected or difficult-to-predict events. Flood security is frequently threatened and returns on investment in infrastructure are vulnerable to shifts in climate change, to financial crises, to disruptive innovations or to trend-breaks.

A system-based approach

In support of this new and systematic approach to long-term planning, researchers from TU Delft and the Deltares Institute in the Netherlands, have developed tools with which to:... [-]


Online Course: Design for Values: Sharpen Your Business Proposition

TU Delft Open & Online Education
Online Full time 5 weeks November 2018 Netherlands Netherlands Online

Sharpen your business proposition by learning how to systematically integrate values (such as sustainability, safety, equity and privacy) into the design of new technologies or products in your organization. This will ensure a strategic win-win outcome for both society and your business. [+]

Sharpen your business proposition by learning how to systematically integrate values (such as sustainability, safety, equity and privacy) into the design of new technologies or products in your organization. This will ensure a strategic win-win outcome for both society and your business.

Investing in and adopting Design for Values can benefit your organization in multiple ways:

Improve the chances of commercial success and increase investors' confidence by making innovations more socially acceptable. Prevent future legal problems and reduce the risks of negative financial implications caused by bad publicity. Risks potentially associated with the use of new technologies can be prevented if they are properly assessed and addressed during the product design process. Retain and attract new customers by using sales arguments based on the benefits of integrated values. Using these values as part of your marketing strategy can help you define your unique selling proposition. Strengthen your brand's reputation and reinforce its position in the industry by showing commitment to the development of the industry with ethical business practices and contributions to the community. ... [-]

Online Course: High-rate Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment

TU Delft Open & Online Education
Online Part time 6 weeks May 2019 Netherlands Netherlands Online

Learn the principles, process design, and troubleshooting techniques for anaerobic wastewater treatment and get the full potentials of your anaerobic high-rate reactor. [+]

Learn the principles, process design, and troubleshooting techniques for anaerobic wastewater treatment and get the full potentials of your anaerobic high-rate reactor.

Maximize the benefits

Anaerobic wastewater treatment is the most energy-efficient technology for treating wastewater. With minimal energy requirement and the conversion of organic pollutants into energy-rich biogas, there's a double energy gain! This course addresses the fundamental principles, the microbial and physicochemical aspects, reactor technology and current and future applications.

The course presents state-of-the-art technology, focusing on sludge bed reactor systems. It also introduces the diagnostic tools used to determine the reasons for any sub-optimal performance. Sometimes anaerobic reactors suffer from sudden failures. In this course, you will learn how to perform a diagnosis on the anaerobic reactor and evaluate why failures are experienced and decide what remedial action is required to restore the full potential benefit of the anaerobic system.... [-]


Sustainable Business Strategy

Harvard Business School
Online Part time 3 weeks February 2019 USA Cambridge

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:... [-]


Galápagos Islands January Term - Marine Ecosystems

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 3 weeks January 2019 Ecuador Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

There’s no place in the world quite like the Galápagos Islands. Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, these 3.5-million-year-old islands are home to some of the rarest species on the planet, and are where Charles Darwin first formulated his Theory of Natural Selection. [+]

Why the Galápagos Islands?

There’s no place in the world quite like the Galápagos Islands. Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, these 3.5-million-year-old islands are home to some of the rarest species on the planet, and are where Charles Darwin first formulated his Theory of Natural Selection. Studying abroad here with us allows you to discover the incredible beauty and biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands that has captivated famous scientists and world travelers for decades.

What You'll Study?

This three-week January Term is perfect for students interested in Marine Ecology and Environmental Studies. You’ll study at the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) on the island of San Cristóbal. This remote campus of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito was established to further efforts in conservation and sustainable development on the Galápagos Islands.... [-]


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.... [-]


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.... [-]


Course in Architecture - Form Follows Performance: How To Make Informed Design Decisions For Greener Buidings

CEPT | Summer Winter School
Campus Full time 6 days December 2018 India Ahmedabad

The decisions architects take regarding building design have significant social, environmental and economic impact, that sometimes persist beyond the life of the building. [+]

The decisions architects take regarding building design have significant social, environmental and economic impact, that sometimes persist beyond the life of the building. Thus, due consideration should be given to how these decisions are taken. Participants of the workshop will be introduced to simple ways to interpret data and translate into design decisions that would improve building performance in the following ways: Reduce energy consumption,Reduce water consumption, Increase comfort levels of building occupants, Decrease building’s operational cost, Simple and quick ways of building performance assessment using physical and digital tools will be introduced through. Evaluation of an existing building in Ahmedabad (site visit) - Participants will identify some design decisions in the building and try to figure out why they were taken? Tools and methods will be introduced to quantify the performance of the building. In design exercises (classroom group activity), participants will be given a realistic design project, along with some data that would be used to develop design decisions. Tools and analysis methodologies introduced earlier will be used to optimize design solutions for cost, comfort and resource use.... [-]


Course in Planning - "Biomimicry - Nature Inspired Design Thinking"

CEPT | Summer Winter School
Campus Full time 12 days December 2018 India Ahmedabad

Biomimicry' is a new and emerging science that equips one to be able to observe and understand nature by ‘function’ and then consciously emulate natures patterns to create sustainable innovations/designs to solve human challenges, especially in the field of design, engineering and business. [+]

Biomimicry' is a new and emerging science that equips one to be able to observe and understand nature by ‘function’ and then consciously emulate natures patterns to create sustainable innovations/designs to solve human challenges, especially in the field of design, engineering and business. It is a multidisciplinary and systems-based approach and the forms, processes, and systems which are designed using Biomimicry help in creating/enhancing conditions conducive to life and minimizing the risk of harming the environment.

The application of biomimicry approach is relevant and applicable at various scales, from non-toxic adhesives that emulate the microstructure of hair on a Gecko’s foot, to organization decision making that mimic ant colonies to urban scale systems that mimic forest eco-systems. During the course, the participants will get to see and learn something new about the amazing patterns and solutions in nature and how these can inspire innovation at various levels of product, process and policies.... [-]


Course in Architecture - Affordable Housing: Design, Execution and Economics

CEPT | Summer Winter School
Campus Full time 6 days December 2018 India Ahmedabad

Affordable housing is the driver for the real estate sector in India at present. The unprecedented rate of migration from rural to urban areas, coupled with one of the biggest real estate bull runs in Indian history, has created a huge unfulfilled demand for reasonably priced quality homes. [+]

Affordable housing is the driver for the real estate sector in India at present. The unprecedented rate of migration from rural to urban areas, coupled with one of the biggest real estate bull runs in Indian history, has created a huge unfulfilled demand for reasonably priced quality homes. The problem in India is unique as the affordable housing umbrella not only encompasses what would be generally termed as social housing in other economies - basic housing for people that is heavily or wholly subsidized by the government but part subsidized low-income homes, shared rental accommodation, starter homes, and even homes for middle-income group.

There have been multiple challenges for creating a sufficient stock of housing in India, primary amongst them are lack of public transport, an outdated public policy framework, lack of infrastructure: roads, water, sewage and social, problems with land titles, lack of finance.... [-]


Course in Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Building Energy Modeling (BEM) Tools for Net-Zero Energy Building Design

CEPT | Summer Winter School
Campus Full time 5 days December 2018 India Ahmedabad

Sustainable and net-zero building design requires analysis during the early design stages to evaluate the impact of building orientation, form, window wall ratio, envelope thermal characteristics and HVAC systems. This course will be a hands-on workshop using industry standard Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Building Energy Modeling (BEM) tools to explore design options towards achieving net zero design goals. [+]

Sustainable and net-zero building design requires analysis during the early design stages to evaluate the impact of building orientation, form, window wall ratio, envelope thermal characteristics and HVAC systems. This course will be a hands-on workshop using industry standard Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Building Energy Modeling (BEM) tools to explore design options towards achieving net zero design goals.

The topics covered will include:

Energy Literacy & Building Loads, Climate & Weather Analysis, Whole Building Energy Analysis.

Attendees will gain knowledge to create EnergyPlus models from BIM using Formit360, Revit and Insight 360, quality assurance of energy models and explore the impact of design parameters on the overall energy performance of the design. In addition to design and analysis strategies, attendees will be introduced to best practices and concepts for existing building modeling, calibration, efficient building operation and maintenance.... [-]


Course in Management: Managing the Complexity of Housing the Poor

CEPT | Summer Winter School
Campus Full time 21 days December 2018 India Ahmedabad

Managing the Complexity of Housing the Poor will deconstruct the process of addressing housing needs and developing appropriate programs to respond to the needs identified. The course will identify and analyze critical component parts: The Intended Client, Land issues; Infrastructure issues; Shelter options and issues; Finance; Socio-technical innovation; Environmental impact and community participation. [+]

Managing the Complexity of Housing the Poor will deconstruct the process of addressing housing needs and developing appropriate programs to respond to the needs identified.

The course will identify and analyze critical component parts:

The Intended Client, Land issues; Infrastructure issues; Shelter options and issues; Finance; Socio-technical innovation; Environmental impact and community participation.

Through classroom discussion fed by videos, readings, research, interviews and site visits, options and management decisions will be assessed. An evidence-based dialogue will illustrate the sequence and consequences of decisions made to advance housing solutions in a sustainable manner. Relevant teams will conduct interviews with practitioners and report back to the class findings that will be compiled into a preliminary user manual as the course product. Assessment teams will carry out fieldwork to understand what evidence-based research is and its issues. The class will meet for 3 weeks as per the CEPT schedule.... [-]


Course in Technology - Advanced Energy Modeling

CEPT | Summer Winter School
Campus 6 days December 2018 India Ahmedabad

Participants of this workshop will experience advanced level Energy Simulation using eQUEST for designing high-performance buildings. This will be administered through in-class instructions and working based on the following modules: Overview of energy simulation tool i.e., DOE2.2 (eQUEST) and energy modelling for high performance building design; Modelling of fresh air using VRP calculations and CO2 sensors and control; HVAC and lighting controls; Choosing Energy efficiency measures (EEMs) by carrying out elimination runs and/ or sensitivity analysis of parameters; Understanding outputs and analyzing results. [+]

Participants of this workshop will experience advanced level Energy Simulation using eQUEST for designing high-performance buildings. This will be administered through in-class instructions and working based on the following modules: Overview of energy simulation tool i.e., DOE2.2 (eQUEST) and energy modelling for high performance building design; Modelling of fresh air using VRP calculations and CO2 sensors and control; HVAC and lighting controls; Choosing Energy efficiency measures (EEMs) by carrying out elimination runs and/ or sensitivity analysis of parameters; Understanding outputs and analyzing results.

Through this workshop, Students will be able to:

Understand the use of eQUEST for creating high-performance building design; Propose energy efficiency measures (EEMs) and design solutions that will help a building owner to not only meet compliance benchmarks but also possibly exceed them; Evaluate the heat gain and energy consumption of any given building and determine ways and means to design within constraints; With practice, be able to undertake advanced energy simulation activity yourself. ... [-]