Green Education Online for Business and Government

Green Education Online for Business and Government

  • Overview

    Vision / description

    There is still such a lack of suitable e-learning education tools to move boardrooms forward with sustainability and this information needs to be embedded into corporate and government training strategies. We need affiliates and employees in government and NGO’s to be part of the equation or this cannot scale.
    Offering education on line is cost efficient and offers 24/7 access on topics such as social responsibility, planning for sustainability, understanding waste management, water conservation, recycling and other topics we feel many have interest in but few resources for an effective on line learning platform. The disconnect is that we can do all of the webinars and conferences we want geared towards the Environmental Chiefs, Chain Managers, CFO, and/or CEO’s, but if we do not add the take away of online education on sustainability throughout the employee and affiliate pools, the employees, members of organizations, trade associations globally will not know where to start. They need to know HOW to do carbon accounting, design sustainability plans, manage waste, conserve water, and what an energy plan is in order to design one, why green building is the ONLY way to go, what and how to recycle, and to be held accountable for these programs. Online education for those in government and business cures the disconnect.

    Project objectives

    50 Modules covering 11 topics delivered on line on demand 24/7 365-

    1 – Sustainability Planning

    The Sustainability Planning series provides detailed guidelines to address how to develop, and then implement, a sustainability plan. While each sustainability plan is developed within the context of the organization’s culture, there are specific steps that will make the plan more effective and successful. This training presents the process and framework for developing a sustainability plan based upon an analysis of an organization’s needs, priorities, and resources. Methods for identifying the appropriate metrics and monitoring systems for a sustainability plan are also outlined. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Discuss the technological advances affecting sustainability and the efforts required to promote sustainability.
    • Identify sustainability planning actions and the connection between sustainability and economics.
    • Discuss the benefits of recycling and the steps required to implement a waste management plan.
    • Describe the process of developing and implementing an energy plan.

    Module Titles:
    • Sustainability Has a History
    • Planning Policies for Government and Business
    • Introduction to Action Initiatives
    • Waste Streams for Consideration
    • The Plan: Design and Implementation

    2 – Social Responsibility

    The modules in this series focus on creating awareness and advancing knowledge on issues regarding ethics and social responsibility. This training introduces a broad range of social responsibility factors that are tied to sustainability and environmental concerns. Environmental issues are tied to the organizational culture and managing risk through an authentic approach to developing and implementing sustainability across all departments, suppliers, and subcontractors. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Define social responsibility and its benefits to those companies who practice social responsibility.
    • Describe transparency as it pertains to the development and implementation of sustainability plans.
    • Identify the different types of renewal energies.
    • Identify steps, which aid in the development of green policies.

    Module Titles:
    • Definition and Benefits
    • Guidelines for Transparency for Your Stakeholders
    • Basic Training of Renewable Energy
    • Leadership and Administration

    3 – Green Building / Systems / Materials

    The modules in the Green Building, Systems, and Materials series cover the fundamentals of building science and examine a ‘whole-building’ approach to construction, operations, and maintenance. This provides a healthier environment while also making the building more energy-efficient. The modules in this subject area identify core principles, best practices, regulations, incentives, and fundamentals of the LEED rating systems. Throughout the modules, training participants learn how to develop a basic action plan for implementing green building systems in renovation plans or in building new structures. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Define the terms green building and green renovations.
    • Describe the advantages and examples of energy-efficient systems.
    • Explain the benefits and risks of green construction and how they are assessed.
    • Discuss the reasons behind the “green” evolution in business practices.

    Module Titles:
    • Green Building and Renovations Defined
    • Energy Efficient Systems
    • Driving Forces for Change
    • Risks and Benefits of Green Construction
    • Green Construction Risk Assessments

    4 – Green Certifications and Standards -

    The growing green certifications, labels, and standards can be confusing and overwhelming. A green certification is supposed to be an indication that green principles are practiced and that dynamic, ongoing sustainability practices are in place. The modules in the Green Certifications, Labels, and Standards series review techniques for determining legitimacy, credibility, and performance. Industry certifications in building, consumer products, environmental landscaping, fleet management, and lodging/tourism are just some of the areas that are covered within these modules. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Identify LEED® green building certification levels and common green building standards.
    • Identify common energy standards organizations and why energy efficiency audits and certifications are important.
    • Identify the benefits and lessons learned from Certification and Energy Standard case studies.
    • Describe the economic benefits of green building that meets LEED® Gold certification.

    Module Titles:
    • Green Certifications and Standards
    • Energy Ratings and Audits Defined
    • Certifications and Energy Standards Case Studies
    • Green Building – Adding to the Bottom Line

    5 – Green Supply Chain Management and Sustainable Purchasing Practices

    Green Supply Chain Management (This topic consist of 4 modules)

    The modules in the Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) series cover every stage in manufacturing, from the product design to recycling or disposal. In the government sector, GSCM is critical in procurement programs, award of contracts, and as part of the overall sustainability planning process. The purpose of this of the GSCM modules is to describe the impact of green on supply chain management, demonstrating how green practices can save money, increase efficiency, and reduce delivery time. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Discuss supplier sustainability assessments and life cycle analysis.
    • Explain the environment costs and benefits of GSCM.
    • Explain the four steps that guide decision-making within a company’s plan for GSCM.
    • Discuss the lessons learned from successful materials management case studies.

    Module Titles:
    • Leadership, Assessment, and Life Cycle Analysis
    • Environmental Costs and Benefits
    • Guiding Your Company’s Plan
    • Success Story

    Sustainability Purchasing Practices (This topic consist of 2 modules)

    The objective of the Sustainability Purchasing Practices series is to bring together policies, communication tools, process improvements, standards, and reporting mechanisms to help align purchasing practices with values and incorporate these into a sustainable purchasing program.
    At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Describe the concept of green purchasing and how it is achieved.
    • Explain the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) DfE program.
    • State the benefits of a green purchasing department.
    • Compare the costs associated with older, conventional purchasing methods and green purchasing practices.

    Module Titles:
    • Concepts in Green Purchasing
    • Involve Your Purchasing Department in Sustainability

    6 – Waste Management

    The Waste Management series identifies strategic measures for creating or enhancing a comprehensive waste management plan to include understanding waste streams, measuring current/baseline waste generation, completing a facility-wide waste assessment, identifying resources, ensuring compliance with regulations, adopting an integrated waste management program, tracking and monitoring the program, and training/educating employees. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
    • Describe the evolution of waste management and recycling.
    • Describe the responsibilities involved with transporting and methods for tracking waste materials.
    • Discuss commercial recycling facilities, including commonly recycled materials and environmentally unfriendly recyclable materials.
    • Explain the process for planning and managing facility waste.
    • Describe the collection, handling, and disposal of solid waste.

    Module Titles:
    • Waste Concepts are a Part of History
    • Tracking and Transporting Waste
    • Solid Waste Principles
    • What Can Be Recycled
    • A Plan To Begin Managing Your Waste
    • Contractual Guidelines are a Must

    7 – Transportation Program/Green Fleet Management

    Efficient transportation plans significantly impact air quality, land use, and quality of life. The modules in this series provide a review of alternative fuel options, green fleet concepts, and efficient transportation systems, which can result in economic and health benefits. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
    • Describe common methods used by companies to initiate green fleet management programs and the benefits of these programs.
    • Identify the types of alternative fuels available.
    • Identify the lessons learned from green fleet management case studies.
    • Describe the cost savings for vehicular operators using a green fleet managed program.

    Module Titles:
    • Introduction to Green Fleet Concepts
    • Alternative Fuels Overview
    • Green Fleet Case Studies
    • Green Transportation Saves on the Bottom Line

    8 – Water Resources and Conservation –

    This series promotes water resources and conservation as a top priority and highlights the need to reduce water use, comply with regulations, save money, and link water conservation to saving on the bottom line. The modules in the Water Resources and Conservation series provides instruction on how to implement proper landscaping techniques as well as a water conservation plan that includes increasing the reuse of reclaimed water, using rainwater catchment systems and water-efficient fixtures, and reducing water leakage that results in water loss by enhancing inner-organizational education programs. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Discuss the environmental and fiscal benefits of efficient water use, using new technologies.
    • Describe the lessons learned about water conservation from the healthcare industry.
    • Explain the various water filtration, purification, and storage methods available to facilities.
    • Describe how storm water pollution occurs, and how it can be prevented.

    Module Titles:
    • Efficient Use of Your Water Resources
    • Learn About Water Conservation from the Health Care Industry
    • Water Filtering Options and Storage
    • Preventing Storm Water Pollution

    9 – Environmental Accounting -

    Opportunities can be identified, and action can be taken, by implementing environmental/carbon accounting as part of a sustainability plan. Plans should prioritize actions based on the return on investment for taxpayers and meet energy, water, and waste-reduction targets. An organization’s plan to cut emissions may include making infrastructure improvements, reducing fossil fuel use, and implementing better maintenance practices. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Describe the value, four goals, and key elements of an effective environmental management system (EMS) program.
    • Explain current international standards for environmental management standards, how they have evolved, and their benefits and limitations.
    • Explain implementation of an environmental management system.
    • Discuss the basic elements of environmental accounting, associated eco-efficiency metrics, and the accounting elements of sustainability planning.
    • Describe the steps used in identifying, calculating, and tracking greenhouse gases in relation with the Green House Gas (GHG) protocol.

    Module Titles:
    • General Environmental Management Systems Guidance
    • International Standards
    • Environmental Management System Implementation
    • Planning for Environmental Accountability
    • Tracking Carbon Emissions

    10 – Green Cleaning Practices and Food Service -

    Green Cleaning Practices (This topic consist of 2 modules)

    This series promotes green cleaning as an important aspect of achieving healthier indoor air quality. The ways that a company regulates cleaning supplies and practices can save money and bring about a possible change in employee satisfaction and productivity. The modules in this series provide an overview of how to implement green cleaning techniques into the workplace. In addition, the modules provide assistance with how to plan for the use of nontoxic cleansers and cleaning products with natural ingredients. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Identify hazards found in chemical cleaning agents.
    • Identify green alternatives to traditional cleaning products.
    • Describe sick building syndrome.
    • Identify the 10 steps to implementing a green cleaning program.

    Module Titles:
    • Become Familiar with Green Cleaning Concepts
    • Changing Your Cleaning Practices

    Food Service (This topic consist of 2 modules)

    The modules in this series provide information on how to create an environmentally and socially responsible food system that includes criteria for all purchasing, food preparation and service, presentation, cleaning and waste disposal, equipment and supplies, facility design, and renovation and utilities. The Food Service series also reviews converting to more environmentally friendly processes, identifying opportunities for significant savings, examining newer products in food ware, and producing less waste. Detailed sustainability requirements encompass local and organic food sourcing, waste minimization options, compliance with certification standards, recycling and composting procedures and practices, compostable packaging materials, nontoxic cleaning products, and much more. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Using case studies from the hotel and restaurant industry, discuss the lessons learned and benefits derived from developing recycling policies.
    • Describe the seven steps involved in developing a recycling policy.
    • Describe environmentally preferable products and services and how recycled/compostable products can be used in food service.
    • Discuss cost considerations involved in going green.
    Module Titles:
    • Waste and Recycling in Food Service
    • Greener Food Service Practices

    11 –Renewable Energy -
    Incorporating the use of renewable energy in sustainability planning initiatives is a crucial element in lowing long-term operations and management costs. It enables an understanding for all departments in recognizing what renewable resources can be utilized in their daily business practices. Energy planning, as well as learning steps in identifying how these natural resources can be used in each type of organization, and will create a culture of environmental and social responsibility. These are all key components to saving energy and money while preserving computer installations, HVAC, and other communication systems for longevity. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:

    • Discuss the advantages of renewable energy.
    • Identify renewable energy sources available and government initiatives to expand the use of renewable energy.
    • Define waste-to-energy concepts.
    • State the advantages of converting waste-to-energy.

    Module Titles:
    • Introduction Renewable Energy to Government and Business
    • Identifying Local Renewable Resources
    • Waste to Energy Saves Money!

    Beneficiaries

    Every community in the world…

    Current progress

    Have USA banks and chambers interested. Have so many who have shown interest in the online courses- We have taught over 12,000, on site. Have had courses approved for CEUs in all USA states and have written so much that is geared towards the government and business sectors. We try to express:
    A paradigm shift needs to have an education component and have INTERNAL TRAINING IN THE ADULT SECTORS on all issues explaining what sustainability is all about because they are NOT going back to school. How else will they learn? . This is sorely needed. We need to work education and training in these issues into the corporate and government structures. They are so risk management oriented. So let’s take a different approach. We need to address and train in the ROI across the board on what sustainability and bringing in why ecosystems working together is key. In the corporate and governments culture employees and all of management must take courses on line such as sexual harassment in the workplace, ADOBE training, how to deal with difficult co-workers, etc. WHAT IF we added:

    Sustainability Planning
    Sustainability Has a History
    Planning Policies for Government and Business
    Introduction to Action Initiatives
    Waste Streams for Consideration
    The Plan: Design and Implementation
    Social Responsibility
    Definition and Benefits
    Guidelines for Transparency for Your Stakeholders
    Basic Training of Renewable Energy
    Leadership and Administration
    Green Building / Systems/Materials
    Green Building and Renovations Defined
    Risks and Benefits of Green Construction
    Green Construction Risk Assessments
    Green Certification and Standards
    Green Certifications and Standards
    Energy Ratings and Audits Defined
    Certifications and Energy Standard Case Studies
    Green Building Adding to the Bottom Line
    Green Supply Chain Management
    Leadership, Assessment, and Life Cycle Analysis
    Environmental Costs and Benefits
    Tracking and Transporting Waste
    Solid Waste Principles
    What Can Be Recycled?
    A Plan to Begin Managing Your Waste
    Contractual Guidelines are a Must
    Transportation / Green Fleet Management
    Introduction to Green Fleet Concepts
    Alternative Fuel Overview
    Green Fleet Case Studies
    Green Transportation Saves on the Bottom Line
    Sustainable Purchasing Practices
    Concepts in Green Purchasing
    Involve Your Purchasing Department in Sustainability
    Green Cleaning Practices
    Becoming Familiar with Green Cleaning Concepts
    Changing Your Cleaning Practices
    Water Conservation
    Efficient Use of Your Water Resources
    Learn about Water Conservation From The Health Care Industry
    Water Filtering Options and Storage
    Preventing Stormwater Pollution
    Environmental Accounting
    General Environmental Management System Guidance
    International Standards
    Environmental Management System Implementation
    Planning for Environmental Accountability
    Tracking Carbon Emissions
    Greener Food Service Practices
    Renewable Energy
    Introduction Renewable Energy to Government and Business
    Identifying Local Renewable Resources
    Waste to Energy Saves Money!
    Place these on corporate and government websites globally, and make them part of compliance internal training programs then the wider public can make better and more “informed” business decisions.

    Project URL

    http://sustainabilityeducationonline.com

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 2. Zero hunger; 3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Partnership types of interest

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Regions / countries / territories

    Americas: United States

    Detailed location

    This is online able to reach across the world to any English speaking country to begin. Content can be localized…

    Issue areas

    Anti-Corruption; Biodiversity; Child Labour; Climate Change; Education; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Health; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 10; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Rule of Law; Women's Empowerment

    Business sectors

    Construction & Materials; Financial Services; Food & Beverage; Health Care; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Other; Utilities

    Partners

    Stakeholders consulted

    Academia; Civil Society groups; Community leaders; Government; Minority groups; Women; Youth

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    Business Association Global; Business Association Local; City; Company; NGO Global; NGO Local; Public Sector Organization; Small or Medium-sized Enterprise; Social Enterprise; UN Entity

    Type of support needed

    Advocacy; Co-product development; Functional expertise; Innovation partner; Marketing/Communications; Seed funding

    Collective Action
    • This initiative has a potential for scalability.
    • This initiative is seeking additional partners.
    • This initiative respects all dimensions of sustainable development.