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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 24 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 4 - 8 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction to Change and Change Agents

5 videos (Total 51 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Lesson 2 - Stories of Change12m
Lesson 3 - What to look for in a first project11m
Lesson 4 - Starting as a Change Agent: Jarrett Smith Interview14m
Lesson 5 - What does a good change proposal look like?7m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 1 - Getting Started20m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Finding a good first project

7 videos (Total 80 min), 2 quizzes
7 videos
Lesson 2 - Good first Projects - Behavioral Nudges9m
Lesson 3 - Good First Projects: Recycling8m
Lesson 4 - Good first projects: Reporting6m
Lesson 5 - B-Corps: Goals Besides Profits An Interview with Kara Peck12m
Jarrett Smith - Starting your change agent career14m
Graham Russell - Recycling as a first project18m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 2 - Great First Change Opportunities20m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Financial Analysis for the Business Case

4 videos (Total 38 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Lesson 2 - Present Value and Doing an NPV7m
Lesson 3 Net Present Value Practice Problem11m
Lesson 4: Computing Return on Investment and Payback10m
2 readings
Hydration Station Case10m
Excel Resources (Optional)10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 3 - Financial Analysis20m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Starting to Make the Business Case for Sustainability

4 videos (Total 30 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Lesson 2 - Why Become a Sustainable Company? Part 25m
Lesson 3 - Market Failures Part 1 - Externalities7m
Lesson 4 - Market Failures Part 2 - Common Access Resources & Information10m
3 readings
Week 4 Introduction (Start Here)10m
Resources on - Why Companies Should Go Green and Market Failures10m
Additional Readings and Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 4 - Why become sustainable and market failures22m
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Top reviews from First Steps in Making the Business Case for Sustainability

By LBAug 13th 2018

I am a sustainability professional and I learned a lot with this course! The instructors are awesome and the topics are very current.

By AWFeb 28th 2018

Easy to follow, well laid out, great information. Definitely starts with the basics, which is what someone like me needed. Thanks!

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John Byrd

Senior Instructor
Managing for Sustainable & Finance

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About the Become a Sustainable Business Change Agent Specialization

About the course This 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 Class 1: First Steps in Making the Business Case for Sustainability Identifying a good first project, writing an effective proposal, financial analysis & sustainable thinking. Class 2: More on Change and Sustainability Implementing change, green design, sustainability reporting, examples from practitioners/ Class 3: Sustainable Business: Big Issues, Big Changes Climate change, carbon footprinting, Context-based sustainability and science-based targets, water and energy, workplace sustainability issues, and supply chain impacts. Class 4: Comprehensive Case The 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....
Become a Sustainable Business Change Agent

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