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Learner Reviews & Feedback for First Steps in Making the Business Case for Sustainability by University of Colorado System

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About the Course

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! ______...

Top reviews


Jun 26, 2020

Interesting course, easy to follow with appropriate hands-on exercises (including some good tools for financial analysis). Thank you! Definitely enrolling for the whole specialisation!


Feb 23, 2020

Enjoyed the course insights and assignments in this course although Finance is not one of my best subjects, I hope there is as much interest and challenge in the second course

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By maria c a

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By diego s l

May 10, 2022

i liked it

By Nilofar S H

Dec 16, 2021

I come from a communications and marketing background with no prior experience in concepts of sustainability, business practice, and accounts. I am in the process of pivoting towards a career in sustainability and climate crisis management. This course is a deep dive into concepts of sustainability (from a planetary + business + citizen perspective of how we consume energy). It then moves on to showcase how businesses can become more successful if they incorporate sustainable energy practices across their vision/mission, operations, recruitment, and community impact areas. You do need about 1 - 1.5 hours everyday in order to watch the videos, read the additional articles, assess the information, and then apply the learnings in your assignment and quiz. The accounts/calculation and business assessment sections of the course were tough for someone like me with no background in math, finance, economics, however, the explanations and examples really helped understand these sections. In the end, the learning experience depends on how much you put into the course. There's not much in terms of community participation, so don't expect an active, engaged group of learners. This is a beginner's module in a 4-part course and I would recommend completing the rest of the modules as well. If you are looking to gain internship or entry level work in a company's sustainability department, doing the course will help you get familiar with all the right terminologies, concepts and ways of thinking about sustainability from a business owner's perspective and might get you brownie points at the interview.

By Greg F

May 9, 2022

Interesting material in the course itself, but much of the optional reading was from pretty old sources. Those articles could use a refresh. Thanks.

By Jeff R

Apr 3, 2021

The course content I did take was good, practical content. The quizzes did not display properly on my computer so were frustrating to take.

By Luisa

Mar 26, 2021

I have learned useful sustainable bases that I can apply in my daily work activities. Thank you

By Deleted A

Aug 7, 2021

Pretty good basic class. There are some issues with the quizzes but it is a good class still.

By Kaiquan M

Jul 18, 2020

interesting examples. videos can be alittle too long at times

By Saleh M A

Sep 17, 2020

Peer Review system should be omitted.

By James

Sep 21, 2020

Errors in assignments.

By Grisel A R Y

Jun 30, 2021


By Jesse-Ann D

Aug 12, 2020

Material is interesting and relevant. Well explained. John is engaging and clear as an instructor. I wish there was a way to ask questions. The discussion board doesn't get much discussion - mostly comments that go there to die hehe. The transcript of the text is so full of mistakes. Sometimes completely different than what is being spoken. The tests are generally quite easy. The assignments are very relevant and practical which is great. However, the details on the instructions page and the submission page sometimes differ or are somewhat unclear. The peer-review is fairly straightforward, however there is no support is the peer who has corrected your assignment misreads your answers and fails you. You have to resubmit and wait, sometimes weeks for someone to finally review your work. Some questions only require you to complete portion (A) or portion (B), for example. However, when comes the time to correct someones work, you have to give points to both sections, which leaves it up to the corrector to give "free" points or take away points. This, in turn, can affect the student's final grade. Overall this is a good course that I would recommend. Only a few technical glitch that would require fixing for more stars.

By Lisa F

Jun 1, 2022

The course content was okay. I would recommend looking at the rubric after you submit and modifying as needed, there are some that are incorrect/you might fail if you aren't careful to match the rubric. One had the wrong numbers (some were randomly rounded up while others weren't and some were wrong all together). In the last assignment it said to do A or B but the rubric marks both seperately and you need both sets of marks to pass.

By Bjarne R

Mar 30, 2021

Sloppy setup of the quizzes and assignments.