About the course:
Become a Sustainable Business Change Agent is a comprehensive specialization offered by the University of Colorado System. The program is tailored for individuals seeking to enhance their company's impact on the environment, people, and communities. Through a series of classes, participants will gain essential skills and knowledge to become effective change agents committed to fostering sustainable business practices.
This course is ideal for professionals looking to make a positive difference in their organizations and the world by implementing sustainable practices and driving impactful change.
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The course modules cover a range of topics, including making the business case for sustainability, change and sustainability, addressing big issues and changes in sustainable business, and creating a comprehensive sustainability proposal.
The First Steps in Making the Business Case for Sustainability module guides participants through the process of identifying a good first project, writing an effective proposal, conducting financial analysis, and integrating sustainable thinking. By completing this module, participants will be equipped to discuss major global trends, evaluate and compare companies' sustainability activities and products, and be effective change agents in their organizations.
The More on Change and Sustainability module delves deeper into change agent skills and green design, providing insights from practitioners. Participants will also learn about sustainability reporting and how to improve products and services within their organizations or issue an enhanced sustainability report, further enhancing their ability to drive impactful change.
The Sustainable Business: Big Issues, Big Changes module addresses critical topics such as climate change, water, worker satisfaction, and supply chain issues. Participants will gain tools to intelligently address these issues within their companies, and have the opportunity to set a science-based carbon reduction target, positioning their company among elite global leaders in sustainability initiatives.
The Capstone: Creating A Sustainability Proposal module challenges participants to apply the knowledge acquired from previous classes by developing a complete proposal for change. This comprehensive assignment encompasses problem identification, solution development, financial and sustainability impact analysis, stakeholder engagement, and budgeting and implementation planning. Participants are encouraged to leverage the concepts and tools introduced to make positive changes in their organizations, communities, and the world.
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