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Introduction to Environmental Sustainability

Course Starts 1 June 2020

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Program Code: GVOL0760U

Course Information

Course starts

1 June 2020

Enrollment closes

27 May 2020


1 week

Time Commitment

15 Hours



Optional Extra

GVI Program Abroad

Online Cost


Flexible Payment Options


We all need access to clean water, nutritious food, and access to reliable power and transportation systems. But these resources need to be effectively managed to ensure that there is enough for everyone and that damage to the environment is minimised or, ideally, eliminated.

Complete our Introduction to Environmental Sustainability course online, which is offered in partnership with the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, to learn about how to sustainably manage the operations of public or private organisations in a wide range of fields including, apparel, agriculture, energy, tourism, transport and food production. Afterwards, you’ll have insight into the fundamentals of environmental sustainability and will be able to more thoughtfully pursue a career in sustainability management.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • discuss factors impacting the success of sustainability projects
  • manage and evaluate a sustainability project 
  • understand how sustainability concerns, governmental objectives and strategic business goals have come to be seen as interlinked
  • understand key concepts, terminology and tools used to analyse a supply chain.

Is this course for you?

If you are passionate about sustainability and creating a balance between natural resources and organisational success, then this course is for you. This is the perfect course for those looking to explore taking up sustainability as a career, but those who would simply like to learn more about sustainability will also benefit. Everyone from high school, college and graduate students to mid-career professionals and retired seniors can join.

Course Curriculum

Start off by learning the key concepts and terminology used in the field of environmental sustainability. You’ll come to better understand the complex balance between meeting current development needs and ensuring a sustainable use of the earth’s resources.

Then you’ll go on to analyse real-world case studies. You'll discuss methods being used to tackle environmental sustainability issues such as agriculture and food production, air pollution, water scarcity, transportation, urbanization and waste management and recycling. Examples of this could be investigating how local organisations are working with farmers to improve sustainability in agriculture, by replacing land clearing with organic farming methods or examining ways to replace fossil fuel expenditure with greener energy sources.

Lastly, you’ll explore the future of environmental sustainability. You’ll learn how companies can shift to become more sustainable in their operational practices, and how this will help businesses reduce waste while maximising the use of their existing resources to turn a profit.
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1: Environmental sustainability introduction
Module 2: Business and the environment
Module 3: Main drivers of environmental and climate change
Module 4: Case studies
Module 5: The future of our planet

Earn a certificate

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course, your name, the date and a signature from your course instructor. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course instructor

David Boyer
Environmental Sustainability Specialist
David Boyer has over 25 years of experience across 40 countries working at the nexus of environment, economics and social equity in environmental sustainability and climate change adaptation. He has worked for organisations such as Oxfam and the World Bank, among others. A professor for more than 16 years, he has taught environmental and trade courses as part of a MA in sustainable international development program.

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