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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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27 Results in Sustainability Studies

European Summer School

In this course, you will learn what it takes to become an effective leader of a team or a company. You will find out how to effectively communicate and motivate your team ... [+]

In this course, you will learn what it takes to become an effective leader of a team or a company. You will find out how to effectively communicate and motivate your teammates, how to manage the projects and make others committed. You will learn how the leadership functions both theoretically and practically. This course will surely be a challenge, as you will utilize all your personal skills, strengths and qualities!

Description

Leadership is not universal by definition. The way we lead and manage depends heavily from who we are, from what country we are coming from, the way we were educated and raised up by our parents, in what firm or industry we work and so on.

In fact, leadership behavior can be broken down in several levels:... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
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Full-time
10 days
Campus
TU Delft Open & Online Education

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 infra ... [+]

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:... [-]

Netherlands Netherlands Online
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Part-time
6 weeks
Online
NIVA Education

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 implementati ... [+]

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.... [-]

Denmark Copenhagen
Full-time
4 days
Campus
UK Open College

The Environmental Studies specification enables students to gain an insight into the environment and the scientific processes that control and affect it. ... [+]

The Environmental Studies specification enables students to gain an insight into the environment and the scientific processes that control and affect it. The central theme is the development of an understanding of how different events and cycles within the environment interrelate, how they influence subsequent environmental events, the human impacts on these events and cycles, and the strategies that can be used to minimise the problems caused.

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary subject covering different branches of science and geography and there is much terminology that is associated with the subject. You are expected not only to recognise and understand these terms in examination papers but use them correctly in your answers. If you have problems remembering terms it is a good idea to write them on index cards as you go along and use these to help you learn them.... [-]

United Kingdom UK Online
Open Enrollment
Part-time
700 hours
Online
Gaia Education

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 system ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
Open Enrollment
Part-time
12 - 15 hours
Online
Gaia Education

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
August 2020
Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
Gaia Education

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 human ... [+]

Best Courses in Sustainability Studies 2020.

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
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8 weeks
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Gaia Education

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. ... [+]

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 the redesign of our economic systems. If you feel stuck or uncertain about what you can do and want to take part in this redesign, our e-learning programme is for you.

An increasing amount of people know that our current economic system is no longer sustainable, yet awareness of viable alternatives is spreading slowly. 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 will explore what it might take to re-design those that have proven dysfunctional.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
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Part-time
8 weeks
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Gaia Education

Do you want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem? Do you want to learn to create elegant solutions carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness ... [+]

Best Courses in Sustainability Studies 2020.

Do you want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem?

Do you want to learn to create elegant solutions carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness of place?

If you do, then becoming an ecological designer is for you.

The Ecological dimension of Gaia Education’s online course will give you the skills to become an ecological designer and create self-regenerating sustainable settlements.

World leaders have set the target of achieving three extraordinary things in the next 15 years:

end extreme poverty fight inequality and injustice fix climate change

The 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
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8 weeks
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Gaia Education

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, conflic ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
August 2020
Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
University of Washington Foster School of Business

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.... [-]

USA Seattle South Korea Seoul San Francisco  + 1 More
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Part-time
2 days
Campus
edX

Learn how to contribute to a sustainable economic system by implementing novel business and design approaches. ... [+]

Learn how to contribute to a sustainable economic system by implementing novel business and design approaches. About this course

Our global society is not sustainable. We all know about the challenges we’re facing: waste, climate change, resource scarcity, loss of biodiversity. At the same time, we want to sustain our economies and offer opportunities for a growing world population. This course is about providing solutions we really believe in a Circular Economy.

In this course, we explore the Circular Economy: how businesses can create value by reusing and recycling products, how designers can come up with amazingly clever solutions, and how you can contribute to making the Circular Economy happen.... [-]

USA Cambridge
Open Enrollment
Part-time
7 weeks
Online
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Rio de Janeiro

The course aims to provide methodological tools and important technical knowledge that will provide a base for students, so that their projects and their creations are in ... [+]

Because?

The course aims to provide methodological tools and important technical knowledge that will provide a base for students, so that their projects and their creations are in tune with the vanguard of these new times, increasing its value offer and increasing its differential over competitors.

For whom?

Directed to those who are sensitized by the current environmental challenges and interested in being a part of society progresses, which seeks to contribute to positively impact such issues, untiring engagement by new design practices and anthropological changes of customs with the market.

How is it?

Contemporary society is in a moment of maximum need in the reflection and reorganization of its production and consumption systems, when it finds itself in a model that has already presented numerous proofs of unsustainability and exhaustion, due to its high extractive impact on the natural resources available in the planet .... [-]

Brazil Rio de Janeiro
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Portuguese
Part-time
75 hours
Campus
IES Abroad

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 rar ... [+]

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.... [-]

Ecuador Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
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Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
IES Abroad

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 languag ... [+]

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.... [-]

France Nice
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Full-time
1 - 2 semesters
Campus