About the courseThis specialization is for anyone who would like to improve how their company or organization impacts the environment, people and communities. We will introduce you to some of the key concepts and tools of sustainable business, then teach you how to be an effective change agent. By the end of the specialization you will have the skills to create an effective sustainability proposal and know who you have to convince, and what they need to be convinced. The Classes
1: First Steps in Making the Business
Case for SustainabilityIdentifying a good first project, writing an effective proposal, financial analysis & sustainable thinking.Class 2: More on
Change and SustainabilityImplementing change, green design, sustainability reporting, examples from practitioners/Class 3: Sustainable Business: Big Issues, Big ChangesClimate change, carbon footprinting, Context-based sustainability and science-based targets, water and energy, workplace sustainability issues, and supply chain impacts.Class 4: Comprehensive
CaseThe capstone class haps you put all the pieces together as you produce a complete proposal for change! This proposal can be based on a case we have written or for your organization, or both.
First Steps in Making the Business Case for Sustainability
The Business School at the University of Colorado Denver wants to help you become a change agent for sustainable business. We hope that with the skills and concepts you gain from this specialization that you will help your business reduce its social and environmental impact. Being a change agent is hard. It takes courage and passion and knowledge. To implement change also requires being able to make the case for that change in terms that people in your company or organization respond to and understand. After completing the specialization, you will be able to:
* Discuss the threats and opportunities that major global trends such as climate change present to businesses;
* Identify ways a company can improve its environmental and social performance;
* Evaluate and compare companies’ sustainability activities and products;
* Develop a business case for implementing sustainability investments;
* Identify key criteria of green businesses and product design;
* Be a change agent in your organization;
* Understand emerging topics in sustainable business, including those in the public policy space.
We're very excited about offering this MOOC specialization and hope it gives you the first step toward learning about and taking action to make the places you work and the products you buy more sustainable.
Sustainable business changes daily with new products, innovations and ideas, so you will be important in keeping the class current. We look forward to learning from you as you take this green journey!
More on Change and Sustainability
This is Class 2 of the MOOC Specialization, Become a Sustainable Business Change Agent.In this class you will learn more change agent skills and hear from people who have made changes in their organizations.
You will also learn more about green design and sustainability reporting.
The skills from this class will help improve products and services in your company or help the company issue its first, or an improved sustainability report.
Sustainable Business: Big Issues, Big Changes
This is class 3 in the MOOC specialization, Become a Sustainable Business Change Agent.This class looks at the big issues companies are fixing - climate change, water, worker satisfaction and supply chain issues.
You will learn tools to help your company address these issues intelligently.
The class ends with an assignment to set a science-based carbon reduction target for a small company. Tis is absolutely cutting edge material. Only about 300 companies in the whole world are doing this as of July 2017. You could put your company in the elite group!
With the knowledge and tools you have acquired from the 3 classes in this specialization you are well on your way to making a difference in your company, and making the future brighter for everyone.
Thank you for being part of this program!
Capstone: Creating A Sustainability ProposalCongratulations on reaching the Capstone Class of the Become a Sustainable Business Change Agent specialization. The class will help you apply material from the previous three classes. We have developed a case about a hypothetical ski resort that offers lots of opportunities to develop sustainability recommendations. A second option is do develop a proposal for a change in your company or organization. Or you can do both the case and your own proposal. The goal of the class is to have you practice the entire process from identifying a problem, finding a possible solution, doing analysis to determine the proposed change's financial and sustainability impacts, figure out who to present the proposal and what they need to see to say 'Yes' and develop a budget and implementation plan.
It is big assignment, but if you have gone through the material in the first three classes you should be well-equipped for the challenge.
We hope that the concepts and tools we have introduced will start you on your way to making positive changes in your company, organization, community and the world. We have provided just the most basic tolls. As you progress you will enhance your skills and become more effective. Best of luck on all you change endeavors.
We assume you are excited about trying to make your company or organization more sustainable and are wiling to invest some time and effort in obtaining the tools and skills to do that. No previous business training is required.