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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Online Certificate in AgTech (Business Studies)

Agribusiness Academy
Online 6 - 8 weeks

Agribusiness is in great need of innovation from technology. Whilst this is a poor state to be in, for entrepreneurs and enterprising companies it offers a great deal of opportunity in helping the sector to catch up. Academic institutions are left behind in their teaching, whilst expert professionals can be a shining light for people looking to enter the space. [+]

Overview

Agribusiness is in great need of innovation from technology. Whilst this is a poor state to be in, for entrepreneurs and enterprising companies it offers a great deal of opportunity in helping the sector to catch up. Academic institutions are left behind in their teaching, whilst expert professionals can be a shining light for people looking to enter the space.

Are you looking to better understand the opportunities available? Could you create an innovative, profitable business or product that also benefits the sector? If so, this course will give you everything you need to develop an idea and take it to market.

This certificate is tailored for professionals and graduates in the food and agribusiness sector. Through coaching and support, we are able to accept learners of varying experience and education on to the course.... [-]


Online Certificate in Sustainable Sourcing

Agribusiness Academy
Online 6 - 8 weeks

Sourcing and logistics in a sustainable way aren’t easy, but it is right. Failing to do so will leave a business struggling, even if it appears to be doing well in the short-term. Finding a course dedicated to helping sourcing and logistics professionals would have previously been a difficult task. [+]

Overview

Sourcing and logistics in a sustainable way aren’t easy, but it is right. Failing to do so will leave a business struggling, even if it appears to be doing well in the short-term. Finding a course dedicated to helping sourcing and logistics professionals would have previously been a difficult task.

Are you concerned that you’re adding too much risk in your sourcing just for short-term financial gain? Have you developed the wrong strategies or you’re struggling to find necessary improvements? If so, this course is perfect for and even includes expert one-to-one coaching to help you identify problems and quickly develop new strategies.

This certificate is tailored for professionals and graduates in the food and agribusiness sector. Through coaching and support, we are able to accept learners of varying experience and education on to the course.... [-]


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.... [-]


Building Brand & Value Through Sustainable Business Practices

University of Washington Foster School of Business
Campus Part time 2 days May 2019 USA Seattle 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.... [-]


Course in Global Resource Politics: the Past, Present and Future of Oil, Gas and Shale

FutureLearn
Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Understand the critical energy challenges the world faces and analyse the political economy of the global energy industry. [+]

Energy is often said to be the lifeblood of modern society. Multiple sea changes are currently afoot in the global economy, at the heart of which lies energy.

Understand the numerous critical energy challenges the world faces

The goal of this free online course is to examine the numerous critical energy challenges we are facing, and the complex interaction between the economics and politics of global energy markets.

Over six weeks, we will explore: the causes and implications of low oil prices for global energy markets and geopolitics; the success of North American shale gas and the desire of other countries, particularly China, to replicate it in future; the state of US natural gas and oil production; and the impact of the shale revolution and low oil prices on OPEC and Russia.... [-]


Course : Introduction to Sustainability and Development

FutureLearn
Online Full time Part time 2 weeks November 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Explore the impact of human activity on our planet, and what we can do to ensure a sustainable future for everybody. [+]

How can we create a more sustainable future?

As extreme weather events continue to hit the headlines, it is clear that environmental issues are on the rise across the globe.

Get an introduction to sustainable development, and find out what we can do to help our environment, with this online course from Deakin University.

You’ll explore the different ways in which sustainable development can be understood, and examine the true impact of human activity on our planet.

You’ll find out about recent actions that have been taken to achieve sustainable development and the solutions that we may need to implement in the future.

What topics will you cover? diverse understandings of sustainability and development changing planetary conditions and the growing human population what the future might look like, and the potential for technology to save us What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business

FutureLearn
Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This course is a must for anyone who wants to understand how to scale and sustain a social enterprise. You will learn how to evaluate and diagnose your current business model, identify your challenges, and develop strategies to grow your social enterprise, and evaluate its impact. [+]

Is your social enterprise sustainable? Is it scalable? This course helps you evaluate your model and develop a plan to take it to the next level. Where could this course take me? This course is a must for anyone who wants to understand how to scale and sustain a social enterprise. You will learn how to evaluate and diagnose your current business model, identify your challenges, and develop strategies to grow your social enterprise, and evaluate its impact. What and how will I learn? Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business includes a mix of theory, practical information, and case studies from around the world. You will learn how to map your stakeholders, consider partnership opportunities, and manage change. You will also consider different marketing and communications strategies, how to find talent and different sources of funding and investment. By the end of the course, you will be prepared to take your social enterprise to the next level. Learn more with the Social Enterprise program This course is one of three in the Social Enterprise program prepared by Middlesex University Business School, in collaboration with researchers at the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the social enterprise Living in Minca, and with funding by the British Council. The program will enable you to understand what it takes to launch and run a sustainable social enterprise. When you complete all three courses and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will earn a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing... [-]


Course in Business Futures: Sustainable Business Through Green HR

FutureLearn
Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Get an introduction to how HR, specifically Green HR, can help create a business that’s environmentally friendly. [+]

Sustainability is an embedded practice in many businesses. It recognizes the long-term benefits of acknowledging the social and environmental impacts of production and consumption. While governments encourage responsible social and environmental action, implementation is often left to individual organizations and many of these are under pressure from shareholders driven by a profit-centered return on investment (ROI) model. And so, environmental and sustainable practices often become an HR matter - it’s people that must make the difference.

This course will explore what constitutes sustainability from both ecological and business perspectives. We will investigate the emergence of sustainable approaches to human resources, known as ‘Green HR’, and identify various types of sustainability models.... [-]


Course in Supply Chain Innovation: How Technology Can Create a Sustainable Future

FutureLearn
Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Every product that we use today is the result of a supply chain - a complex series of steps that turn raw materials into the final products we use and everything related to this.

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Every product that we use today is the result of a supply chain - a complex series of steps that turn raw materials into the final products we use and everything related to this. Managing these supply chains have become more and more a challenge, especially with all modern technologies and today's trends. The 24-hour economy, fast delivery of goods to your home, wanting to have customized products and of course, the focus on sustainability is a few of these trends. In this course, you will learn why managing supply chains are important and challenging. It is a key activity for both large multi-national companies as well as for small businesses. We’ll find out how to design supply chains that meet future economic, environmental and social requirements, asking questions such as:... [-]


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.... [-]


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.... [-]


Introduction Course to Designing for Sustainability

Gaia Education
Online Part time 12 - 15 hours Open Enrollment United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro + 6 more

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. [+]

Global experts advise that 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 endeavour to redesign human presence on Earth.

So, what does it mean to re-design everything?

Rooted in Gaia Education’s international experience in community design education and sustainable systems thinking over more than ten years, 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 share with all living things.... [-]


Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development Online Course

Gaia Education
Online Full time Part time 8 weeks August 2019 United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro + 7 more

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 for how renewable energies represent both an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity. [+]

Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increases 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 for how renewable energies represent both an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity.

The programme supports the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL), which aims to provide universal access to modern energy services, and double the worldwide rate of improvement in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. Energy underpins all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which this course is also closely aligned with.... [-]


Design for Sustainability Online Course Worldview

Gaia Education
Online Full time Part time 8 weeks May 2019 United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro + 7 more

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 towards an uncertain future with wisdom, foresight, and precaution. [+]

Best Courses in Sustainability Studies 2019.

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 towards an uncertain future with wisdom, foresight, and precaution.

The Worldview dimension invites you to become more conscious of how your own worldview and value system affect your perceived needs and the way you might propose and design solutions in any given situation.

This dimension can be taken as a stand-alone programme or as the starting point for our 10-month online Design For Sustainability course. The cost of this dimension is £350 GBP. The course, which includes an orientation period, lasts for eight weeks. We suggest you dedicate a minimum of 10 hours a week to the course, in order to receive maximum benefit from it.... [-]