About this Specialization

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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.

Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

First Steps in Making the Business Case for Sustainability

4.7
stars
52 ratings
21 reviews
Course2

Course 2

More on Change and Sustainability

4.9
stars
18 ratings
8 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Sustainable Business: Big Issues, Big Changes

4.6
stars
19 ratings
4 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Capstone: Creating A Sustainability Proposal

5.0
stars
8 ratings
2 reviews

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  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • The entire specialization is 4 classes. The first three are organized into 5 modules each. The last one is shorted. If you do a module a week, the specialization will require about 17 or 18 weeks.

    If you have time you could do several modules in a week and accelerate through the specialization.

  • We assume you are excited about trying to make your company or organization more sustainable and are wiling to invest some time and effort in obtaining the tools and skills to do that. No previous business training is required.

  • Yes, the courses build on one another so taking them in order is the best approach.

  • No, this is not an official University of Colorado Denver course.

  • We hope that you will be able to identify some ways your organization can be more sustainable, analyze one or more of those possible changes, and write a proposal that gets the change implemented. This may be corny, but we think tat after completing the specialization you will be ready to make the world a better place.

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