Diploma in Sustainable Business - Revised

Gain an in-depth understanding of sustainable development with this free online environmental studies course.

Environmental Studies
Free Course
Sustainable development is a type of economic growth that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. In a clear and simple manner, this free Diploma in Sustainable Development online course will teach you the importance of sustainable development for counteracting global climate change, and show you how current and future demands for the earth's resources can be met by our growing population.
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive





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This course will first introduce you to sustainability and systems practices in sustainable development. You will study sustainable businesses, including how they map waste-reduction processes. You will then learn about energy and sustainability, including the main sources of energy and their environmental impacts. The course will then cover the topic of global climate change and the impact of the industrial age on the earth's atmosphere. You will also look into renewable energy sources such as petroleum and gas, as well as non-renewable energy sources including wind and solar power.

You will then look into the future of global water supplies. You will study water and its uses, the hydrological cycle, and the importance and roles of groundwater and surface water. The course will also discuss the methods and techniques used in water treatment, the main components of a water distribution network, and water resource management. You will also study the impact of climate change on water resources and the effects of eutrophication.

Two very important issues in sustainable development are energy sources that meet current and future demands, and water conservation. This Diploma in Sustainable Development course reviews both non-renewable and renewable energy sources and examines how current and future demands for energy can be met for a growing global population. It will also tackle the issue of how supply and demand for water by industry, agriculture, and people can be met. So check out the course today, and gain a better understanding of modern sustainability in just a few short hours.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Define the term business sustainability
  • Describe what the term “triple bottom line” means
  • Examine the social, environmental and economic impact of a business
  • Define the value of sustainability reporting
  • Examine the process of product life cycle management 
  • Describe a sustainable business’s recruitment and selection process
  • Discuss the role of entrepreneurship in sustainable business
  • Explain the role of innovation in sustainable business
  • Define how sustainability works in the marketing mix
  • Identify the market barriers to sustainable products
  • Discuss the risks associated with sustainability marketing


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