Concepts in Corporate Sustainability
Concepts in Corporate Sustainability provides an understanding of the rationale and theory that integrates economic principles and incentives that support market based approaches to proactive sustainability. The historical context of corporate environmental engagement, strategies and frameworks within which companies perform carbon management will be discussed. The course will also provide an overview of the current and proposed carbon regulations, from tort liability to regulatory compliance, the clean development mechanism credits under the Kyoto Protocol, and major voluntary standards across the different global markets.
There are seven focused aspects of corporate and organizational sustainability: Zeroing Out Waste, Innovating with Sustainable Design, Reducing Carbon Footprints (Life Cycle Analysis and Energy Efficiency), Maximizing Natural Resources, Resource Efficient Transportation, Galvanizing Stakeholders, and LEEDing facilities construction, operations, and maintenance. Case studies will be incorporated into the class to show how companies are redefining corporate sustainability and how it impacts business, science and the bottom line.
* Sustainability definitions and impact
* Sustainability Factors: energy efficiency, water, facilities, constructions, materials and solid waste, ecolabels, habitat protection, products, suppliers and the supply chain
* Economic Impacts and the bottom line
* Green Building Standards
* Carbon Accounting
Skills you will acquire:
* Learn the regulatory proposals and requirements
* Learn to identify and measure a product’s environmental impacts
* Learn how to conduct a carbon footprint assessment and recommend ways to go “carbon neutral”
* Learn to Develop a communications plan for promoting environmental activities
* Learn how to integrate LEED for facility or construction projects (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, US Green Building Council)
* Learn how to zero out waste