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
Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
Environmental sustainability involves individuals, communities and countries acting to protect the natural world, so that the capability of the environment to support human life is preserved for future generations. It is becoming an increasingly important subject as people are realising the full impact that businesses and individuals can have on the environment.
In this free online course you will be introduced to environmental sustainability and its importance, the sustainability of energy resources such as wind and solar power compared with oil and gas resources, the adverse impacts individuals, communities and businesses can have on the environment, how the global transport of food and goods affects the environment, how communities can become more sustainable by making simple yet effective decisions, and how globalisation in industry and business can affect the environment at both regional and national levels.
This free online course will be of great interest to professionals in the areas of ecology studies, environmental organisations, education, local and national governments, business and finance who want to learn more about the importance of environmental sustainability. It will also be of great interest to all students who want to learn how they as individuals can make the right decisions to protect the environment.
2-3 Hours50 Points
Exploring Planet Earth - Its Systems and Resources
Planet Earth is unique in the Solar System as it has just the right systems and resources to give rise to life.
This free online 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 Hours50 Points
Renewable Energy Sources
This free online course is intended to introduce students to the whole area of energy sustainability, climate change and renewable energy technologies. 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. In particular, large amounts of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane are produced by the use of non-renewable energy sources such as oil, natural gas and coal. For a sustainable future these fossil fuels will have to be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy, and biomass fuels.
In this online course students will learn the connection between energy use and sustainability, how current energy use is contributing to global climate change, the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources, how to identify and distinguish between different forms of renewable energy, and understand the advantages and disadvantages of different renewable energy sources.
The course will be of great interest to teachers and students who want to learn more about energy use and how renewable sources of energy will be of vital importance for a sustainable future.4-5 Hours50 Points
Sustainable Business - Managing the Triple Bottom Line
In the free online course 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.
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 free 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 Hours50 Points
Sustainable Business - Managing Finances, Human Resources and Accountability
In the free online course Sustainable Business - Managing Finances, Human Resources and Accountability learn 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 free 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 Hours50 Points
Sustainable Business - Entrepreneurship and Innovation
In the free online course 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.
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 free 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 Hours50 Points
Sustainable Business - Marketing Strategy for Sustainable Products and Services
In the free online course Sustainable Business - Marketing Strategy for Sustainable Products and Services learn 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 free 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 Hours50 Points