All sustainability professionals need to be able to assess an organization. This requires knowing what to look for and having a solid suite of practices to recommend.
This course provides sustainability professionals with an understanding of how to assess an organization's progress on the path to sustainability, identify new opportunities and develop a plan for the next stage of the journey.
Week 1: Scoping the Assessment
Week 2: Internal Assessments (featuring ISSP's S-CORE™)
Week 3: Certifications (featuring Sustainable Business Certification)
Week 4: Reporting Results and Getting Action
The emphasis for this course is not on becoming a licensee to use any particular assessment. (After this class, you can choose to participate in the S-CORE licensing master class for that.) Instead, S-CORE and the associated text, The Business Guide to Sustainability, will help professionals understand what full sustainability would look like ‘on the ground’ and track progress toward it. This will help you translate sustainability into the language of common organizational functions (eg, purchasing, finance, marketing).
Hear Darcy discuss the upcoming course:
Darcy Hitchcock has published 10 books, including the award winning book, The Business Guide to Sustainability and the S-CORE™ assessment. She was president of AXIS Performance Advisors, a sustainability consulting firm, for over 23 years. She taught at Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s Sustainable MBA for several years and has keynoted on the topic in places such as Doha, Qatar and Moscow, Russia. She is currently leading the Sustainability Alliance in Arizona (www.SustainabilityAllianceAZ.org), a coalition of non-profits, which has among other things, developed a fast, easy but powerful business certification.
This course is delivered online via four weekly 1.5 hour live webinars and includes a 24/7 online 'classroom' experience. The webinars are scheduled for Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29 at 10:00 am PDT-US. Check your timezone HERE. Recordings of all webinars will be available to course participants. Live attendance is recommended but not required.
COURSE BOOK (Recommended but not required)
Please allow yourself enough time to pre-order The Business Guide to Sustainability (be sure to get the Third Edition because it was a major re-write) by Darcy Hitchcock and Marsha Willard, 2015. The book will help you know what to look for in organizations as evidence of sustainability and also know what practices to recommend. The cost of this book is NOT included in the registration fee. The ebook version can be purchased via these hyperlinks Vital Source or via Amazon.
PRICES & CREDIT
- ISSP Member: $40
- ISSP Partner: $60*
- Non-Member: $70
Successful completion of all course requirements will earn a passing grade and an individualized Certificate of Completion, along with 2 Continuing Education Units for ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP credential holders.
*Registrants who are not ISSP members but hold current memberships in the U.S. Green Building Coundil (USBGC), Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE); Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS); Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating (STAR) Communities; the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN); or the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) may register using the ISSP Partner rate. You must use your institutional email address when registering in order to receive the discount.
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