Sustainability Leadership Certificate

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Overview

How do we meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs? In an effort to inform future leaders, the School of Engineering, in collaboration with John Wiley & Sons Publishers and The New York Times Knowledge Network, has created the Sustainability Leadership Certificate to educate and train professionals. Stressing the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability and relating theory to practice and implementation, participants leave the program equipped with the tactical skills necessary to develop and implement sustainable practices throughout their organization nationally and globally, as well within the local community.

This program provides an interactive learning experience that engages busy professionals and that adds new knowledge, approaches, and processes so that teams can implement sustainability strategies in their own organizations.

This program is intended for:

  • Executives, managers, and professionals working in industry, government, and non-profit sectors
  • All functional areas: finance, management, marketing, engineering, facilities or product/service development
  • Those tasked with projects that encompass going green, implementing public policy around sustainability, addressing environmental health and safety, or addressing corporate wide sustainability programs

Curriculum

Select any 8 modules to build your program.

Module: Introduction to Sustainability

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the engineering, technology and science of sustainability
  • Perform a sustainable life cycle analysis
  • Measure, meter, and control a resource from beginning to end
  • Understand the impact, benefits, and best practices of sustainability

Module: Sustainability Leadership

Participants will be able to:

  • Write a sustainability plan and implement strategic vision
  • Understand the mathematical, engineering, and technical pathways to sustainable leadership
  • Establish sustainable goals and measurements, and perform methods of implementation
  • Establish an organizational culture in which sustainability is institutionalized.

Module: Managing the Sustainable Enterprise

Participants will be able to:

  • Measure an organization's environmental, social and economic impact - the "triple bottom line"
  • Understand legal developments and ethical considerations involving sustainability
  • Establish sustainable goals, including methods of implementation

Module: Global Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop a strategy for sustainable global development
  • Understand the effect of global protocols and conventions on development strategies
  • Anticipate and manage a global corporation's social and environmental issues, and its effect on a community.
  • Measure an organization's environmental, social and economic impact - the "triple bottom line"
  • Establish sustainable goals, including methods of implementation
  • Establish an organizational culture in which sustainability is institutionalized

Module: Measuring Environmental and Climate Risk in Your Organization

Participants will be able to:

  • Measure an organization's environmental, social and economic impact - the "triple bottom line"
  • Establish sustainable goals, including methods of implementation
  • Employ tools to mitigate climate change
  • Use technological and mathematical tools to measure environmental and climate risk

Module: Science and Engineering of Sustainability

Module: The Sustainable Supply Chain: Purchasing and Procurement

Participants will be able to:

  • Think in terms of the life cycle of products and services
  • Purchase and maintain products and facilities while improving an organization's carbon footprint and impacts on human health and ecosystems
  • Understand major certifications and ecolabels, and how to use them
  • Establish metrics for measuring success

Module: Building and Managing Sustainability Teams

Participants will be able to:

  • Form and facilitate both internal and external teams
  • Engage and train employees in sustainable practices
  • Identify innovative sustainable partnerships
  • Engage in sustainable advocacy through these partnerships
  • Establish a team culture in which sustainability is institutionalized
  • Establish metrics for measuring success

Module: Sustainability and Technology

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify sustainable building design and materials
  • Utilize sustainable energy systems
  • Purchase, use, and recycle sustainable technology and materials
  • Understand technological methods for implementing sustainable goals
  • Perform strategic methods of implementing and institutionalizing sustainable technology.

Module: Accounting for Sustainability

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand sustainable reporting principles and concepts
  • Perform financial reporting, disclosure requirements, and decision making related to the environmental activities of organizations.

Module: Economics of Sustainability

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand economic concepts and theories for analyzing sustainable development
  • Utilize roles and practices of the business, government and nonprofit sectors in fostering sustainability
  • Understand metrics for measuring success

Module: Sustainability in Hypergrowth and Developing Economies

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the sustainability issues directly affecting hypergrowth economies

Sustainability Leadership Certificate Advisory Board

Chairman Prof. George Bugliarello, President Emeritus
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Industry Members

Marie David
Director, Strategy & Sustainability
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Laura Gitman
Director, Advisory Services
BSR

Bruce Johnson
Director, Energy Efficient & Distributed Resources
National Grid

Barbara Kates-Garnick
Project Director, Urban Initiative
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Cindy Knoebel
Vice President, Financial & Corporate Communications
VF Corporation

Jurij Paraszczak
Director, Industry Solutions
IBM

Randolph Price
Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety
Con Edison

Robert Prieto
Senior Vice President
Fluor Corporation

Jean Marie Wallace
Solutions Consultant, “Green” Technology
Verizon Business

Partners

John Wiley & Sons Publishers

  • Conceptual and pedagogical framework for both learning and applying sustainability
  • Content from thought leaders such as Paul Kruger, Neil Macehiter, Bill Reed, Peter A. Wilderer, and Diana Balmori
  • Interactive and group exercises and activities

The New York Times Knowledge Network

  • Timely and insightful content from The New York Times
  • Full access to The New York Times archives to 1851
  • Online learning tools and resources

 

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Jay  VanDerwerken