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Sustainable Business Learning Path

Sustainable business has low negative impacts on global or local environments. The Alison Learning Path in Sustainable Business offers a selection of courses to expand your knowledge in different areas of sustainable business. You will learn about managing the triple bottom line and how modern businesses are adopting sustainable business practice, how entrepreneurial innovators forge new paths and break with accepted ways of doing things in new or existing businesses, how modern businesses display their sustainability efforts to the public and how sustainable can conduct sustainable marketing by developing and promoting products and services that meet consumer needs utilizing resources responsibly. You will also be introduced to the systems and resources found on Earth and be able to describe how the current energy use is contributing to global climate change. This Learning Path in Sustainable Business is designed to enhance your knowledge on all things associated with the environment and sustainable business by producing courses that have a comprehensive coverage of these topics. This learning path will be of great interest to business professionals, eco-entrepreneurs, and anyone wishing to understand how a business can successfully market sustainable products and services in a sustainable way. The course will also benefit teachers or students who wish to learn more about energy use.



Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Introduction to Environmental Sustainability

    This course will first discuss the importance of different types of resources. You will look into the problems caused by a lack of these resources and learn the impact that humans have on the planet. You will also study the different sectors of the economy, learn about the benefits of energy efficiency and re-use, and examine the differences between recycling and compost.

    You will then study the impact transport has on the planet. The course will discuss food miles and the environmental problems caused by transporting goods long distances. You will also look into sustainable methods of transport, the things that make up a sustainable community, and examples of globalization. You will then learn about global trades and look into the problems global trade has for the developing world such as child labor.

    There are now 7.5 billion people living on earth and by 2050, there will be an estimated nine billion. It is therefore important that we live in a more sustainable way so that the earth can accommodate its future generations. Upon the completion of this course, you will be able to identify the difference between sustainable and non-sustainable materials, know the meaning of eco-footprints and carbon footprints, and understand the ways we impact the environment. So, check out the course today, and start learning more about environmental sustainability.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  2. Exploring Planet Earth - Its Systems and Resources

    This course was sourced from OpenLearn under the Creative Commons licence conditions BY NC SA. The adapted version of the course on Alison.com is also published under the Creative Commons licence conditions BY NC SA.

    Planet Earth is unique in the Solar System as it has just the right systems and resources to give rise to life.

    This course will review the systems and resources found on Earth such as the flow of energy around the planet, the cycling of matter, the geology of the planet, the Earth's atmosphere and biosphere, groundwater and surface water, and mineral, soil and biological resources. The course reviews the impact humans are having on these systems and resources and will look at air, soil and water pollutants, and how humans manage the land.

    This course will be of great interest to professionals working in areas related to the environmental sciences or earth sciences, to all teachers of geography and science, and to students who are thinking of a career in the environmental sciences or earth sciences. It should also be of interest to anyone who simply wants to understand better our physical place in the universe which is constantly evolving around us.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  3. Renewable Energy Sources

    Many of the world's energy systems have been built around fossil fuels, and we now depend overwhelmingly upon them. This course will first introduce you to energy use and sustainability. You will then look into global climate change and study the three main types of fossil fuels which are coal, oil, and natural gas. You will learn that most developed nations are dependent on these non-renewable fossil fuels and nuclear power.

    Renewable energy sources are considered alternative sources because most industrialized countries do not rely on them as their main energy source. This course will broadly discuss renewable energy sources including wind and solar power. You will learn that wind energy was the fastest-growing power source at the start of the 21st century and that the immense global energy flux from the sun makes it the prime candidate for future sustainable energy production.

    Many greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane, occur naturally. However, during the past two centuries, human activities have also added significantly to the level of these naturally occurring gases. This course will guide you through how renewable energy sources can combat this process. So, check out the course today, and start learning how renewable sources of energy will be of vital importance for a sustainable future for us all.

    4-5 Hours
    50 Points
  4. Sustainable Business - Managing the Triple Bottom Line

    Learn how modern businesses are adopting sustainable business practices to become resilient over time by being connected to healthy economic, social and environmental systems by studying the course Sustainable Business - Managing the Triple Bottom Line.


    The course begins by introducing you to the concept of sustainability and sustainable business practices and explains why running a sustainable business is an increasingly popular and beneficial venture. Next, you will learn about the Triple Bottom Line; a business's contribution to social justice, environmental quality, and economic prosperity. You will learn how all businesses rely on the sustainability of the world's resources in order to succeed and thrive so it is in their long-term interest to address the Triple Bottom Line. You will learn different ways in which sustainable businesses improve their social, environmental and economic impact and how that can help the business itself and the wider community surrounding the business.

    Finally, you are introduced to the science behind sustainable businesses. You will learn about different theories that relate to economic growth and impact on business sustainability. You will learn how sustainability involves having an understanding of the relationship between business, humanity, and nature. You will also learn about the Earth's ecosystems and the importance of healthy ecosystems to human society. You will be introduced to key resources that support the earth and why a sustainable business should consider the impact of their actions on those key resources. You will learn about different threats to ecosystems that have been caused by human activities, thus emphasising the importance of running a sustainable business.

    This course will be of great interest to business professionals and eco-entrepreneurs who would like to learn how sustainable business practices can benefit the economic activity of the business itself and also the wider social community and ecosystems.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  5. Sustainable Business - Managing Finances, Human Resources and Accountability

    The course Sustainable Business - Managing Finances, Human Resources and Accountability will teach you how modern businesses display their sustainability efforts to the public and how they make sure sustainable practices are undertook at all levels of the organization. Such efforts can give a business a competitive advantage by acknowledging and addressing social, environmental, and economic impacts throughout the business.

    The course begins by introducing you to the concept of accountability in business and explains why accountability is essential to run a sustainable business. You will learn how businesses use sustainability reporting in order to communicate and be accountable for their actions. Next, you will learn about how sustainable businesses deal with human resource issues in order to create a corporate culture that ensures sustainability is valued and maintained throughout the business.

    Finally, you will learn about the relationship between finance and running a sustainable business. You will learn about financial incentives to running a sustainable business. You will learn about investment opportunities that are socially responsible and good for your business. You will learn about the insurance industry’s interest in sustainability and their efforts to address social, environmental, and economic impacts that businesses have.

    This course will be of great interest to business professionals and eco-entrepreneurs who would like to learn the benefits of running a sustainable business and the efforts that businesses go to in ensuring that they have a positive impact on the world.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  6. Sustainable Business - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Learn how entrepreneurship and innovation can relate to sustainable business and how entrepreneurial innovators forge new paths and break with accepted ways of doing things in new or existing businesses by studying the course Sustainable Business - Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 


    The course begins by introducing you to the process of entrepreneurship and explains different challenges that can occur when you become an entrepreneur. You will learn how different types of entrepreneurs run successful businesses whilst undertaking sustainable practices. Next, you will learn the importance of innovation when running a sustainable business. You will learn how technology and innovation are related and how they are useful for business sustainability. You will learn how important it is to create new relationships and contacts when running a business.

    Finally, you will be introduced to Simply Green Biofuels, a sustainable fuelling company. You will follow the company’s journey from the beginning, learning about challenges it faced and success it achieved. Through this case study you will gain a stronger understanding how sustainability can be linked with entrepreneurship and how sustainability entrepreneurship can be a successful and worthwhile venture.

    This course will be of great interest to business professionals and entrepreneurs who would like to learn how entrepreneurship can lead to innovation in regards to sustainability in business and how this can benefit both the economy and society.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  7. Sustainable Business - Marketing Strategy for Sustainable Products and Services

    Sustainable Business - Marketing Strategy for Sustainable Products and Services will teach you how a business can conduct sustainable marketing by developing and promoting products and services that meet consumer needs utilizing resources responsibly to ensure a better quality of life now and for future generations to come.

    The course begins by introducing you to the practice of sustainable business marketing. You will learn how sustainable business marketing draws on traditional marketing methods and applies them to sustainable initiatives and products and services. You will learn that ways in which a business creates a strong sustainability marketing strategy in order to be successful. Next, you will be introduced to the marketing mix. You will learn how basing the marketing mix on sustainability principles allows for an effective sustainable marketing approach. You will learn the importance of market segmentation in order to tailor marketing efforts to consumers that are best aligned as potential buyers or customers of a product or service.

    Finally, you will be learn about the market barriers that need to be considered and addressed by sustainability marketers in order to better position their products and services for growth. You will learn about the various business risks involved in sustainable business marketing that can cause problems with a company’s marketing plan.

    This course will be of great interest to business professionals, marketers, and eco-entrepreneurs who would like to learn how a business can successfully market sustainable products and services in a sustainable way.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points

Complete!

Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Sustainable Business Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.



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