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Alexandria, VA 22314

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Sustainability 101 is the abridged version of Sustainability: Step by Natural Step. This one hour online self-paced course focuses on integrating environmental, social and economic priorities in a practical way to help organizations create a shared understanding and vocabulary around sustainability. Using practical exercises, real-life examples, and a rich resource library, it gives individuals and teams the tools they need to take action.

Learning Objectives

Participants who successfully complete the course will be able to meet the following learning objectives

  • Outline the evidence for our current sustainability crisis, and describe this using a powerful metaphor.
  • Describe the process of backcasting, justify the key role of systems thinking, and outline the basic scientific principles that underlie the concept of sustainability.
  • Define the four basic principles for sustainability and use them to analyze actions from a sustainability perspective.
  • Outline an "ABCD" process for strategic planning and decision-making toward sustainability.
  • Show how various tools and approaches for sustainable development relate to one another.

Course Outline

The course has the following sections:

1. Welcome

2. Setting the Scene

  • Who's playing the game
  • The shape of things to come
  • Scenario: You decide

3. Backcasting from Sustainability Principles

  • Backcasting systems and cycles
  • Breaking the cycles
  • The four sustainability principles
  • The ABCD process
  • Step "D" - in practice
  • How sustainability tools and approaches relate

4. The final word

5. The exam and personalized course certificate

Purchasing Information

The course is self-paced and hosted online. It takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete and does not have to be completed in a single session. 

To download the course click here