Certificate in Sustainability Design, Management and Entrepreneurship
A Certificate to educate participants of diverse backgrounds and develop leadership skills for creating a more sustainable future in business, city, nation, or our entire global community
Days and Times : Fridays 3-5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location : TBD
Tuition : $2,450 for full certificate or $475 for individual courses
Fees : Books and other materials as required or necessary
Instructor : Tracy Puett and James Pittman
Instructor Bio :
Tracy Puett is an experienced educator, consultant, and facilitator. He has over 20 years of experience teaching adults in a variety of settings, from corporate universities to private consulting practice. He has successfully consulted in the field of sustainability for over 15 years with governmental, for-profit, and non-profit clients across the United States including the U.S. EPA, City of Seattle, Nashville Urban Green Lab, and Tractor Supply. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College and a Master’s degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University Seattle. Additionally, Tracy has a post-graduate certificate in Sustainable Practices from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Tracy currently serves as the Director of Leadership Development Programs for Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
James Pittman is the Director of Sustainability at Prescott College and teaches in the BA, MA, and PhD programs on sustainability science and practice, ecological economics, and whole systems design. For nearly two decades, James has been a professional consultant serving government, business, industry, non-profit, tribal, and other community stakeholders; past clients have included the President's Council on Sustainable Development, the USDA Forest Service, the Washington State Department of Ecology, a Fortune 50 software corporation and many others. James has a M.Sc. with distinction in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh and a M.A. in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University Seattle.
Certificate in Sustainability Design, Management, and Entrepreneurship
Sustainability is the capacity for an organization, community or other entity to remain resilient and productive over time. The dynamic maintenance of stability depends on ethically-sound, responsible, efficient, and effective performance in environmental, social, and economic domains. This Certificate is structured to educate participants of diverse backgrounds and develop leadership skills for creating a more sustainable future whether it is in a business, city, nation, or our entire global community. The coursework provides a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills for application in a range of professional contexts, preparing participants to advance in a current profession or engage in a career transition.
The Certificate in Sustainability Design, Management, and Entrepreneurship is uniquely innovative in offering a broad scope of interdisciplinary application, based around a core of systems thinking and design. Participants may choose to use the knowledge and skills gained in the context of work in management of physical assets and the built environment; in preservation, conservation, and restoration of the natural environment and managed ecosystems; and in the cultivation of individual and collaborative success in the development of organizations.
The skills of this Certificate enable participants to work in a variety of professions: sustainability coordinator, environmental or resource manager, program director, project manager, green business entrepreneur, professional consultant, training instructor, and educator.
There are six courses in the certificate program – completion of all six courses is necessary to earn the full certificate. Participants are also welcome to take individual courses if they prefer (the certificate will not be awarded if all six are not completed). Continuing education clock hours are available. The six courses include the following:
An Introduction to Sustainability
This course sets the foundation for understanding the sustainability movement in the context of recent environmental and social movements and current demand for a more holistic approach to addressing contemporary environmental and social issues in society. Participants explore briefly the historical roots of environmentalism and social justice while also articulating some important definitions in the field that are used in the other courses. Contemporary leaders and models in the sustainability field are highlighted. Connections between such fields as environmental performance, social justice, systems thinking, design thinking, and interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary work are drawn. In exploring individual and societal values and assumptions as they relate to the field of sustainability, participants begin to understand the cultural significance of the emerging sustainability field.
Values, Ethics, Cultures, and Ways of Knowing
This course explores the ways in which humans perceive and understand the natural, social, and built environment through concepts such as self, family, community; the cultural and religious view of stewardship and sustainability; values and ethics; different ways of knowing (including non-dominant cultures); the role of leadership in sustainable community and society; creating culture and working within other cultures. Participants identify and practice using some fundamental tools and skills for building and facilitating culture development. Primary source material will include Spiral Dynamics and Ken Wilber’s Integral Model as maps and frameworks for understanding and influencing local culture.
Design Thinking and Process
This course introduces processes and tools related to the design of whole, dynamic systems that integrate social, ecological, economic, and technological dynamics. Foundational theory will be drawn from study of living systems and applied in dialogue about and rapid iteration to collaboratively develop new prototypes and models for creating and managing change at a landscape or enterprise scale. Participants have opportunities to develop practical skills for systems thinking, storytelling, technical diagramming, and identification of key leverage points for strategic intervention.
Planning, Program, and Project Development
This course provides general information and tools for effective and efficient planning of discrete projects and ongoing processes in any context. Planning processes undertaken in this course will extend from initial concept to development and monitored implementation of planned actions. Emphasis is placed on cultivating shared vision and stakeholder buy-in, program and project scoping, active management of tasks and resources, time and budget estimates and variance tracking, as well as indicator-based evaluation. Participants will have opportunities to explore a project or program of their choice in the context of skill development.
Finance and Management
This course provides a basic understanding of financial reporting and management at both project and enterprise scales. Content covered includes development and review of pro formas, project and program budgets, balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, cost-benefit analyses. Emphasis is placed on a triple bottom line model of value in the context of sustainability management systems. Participants will develop skills for evaluating and developing basic financial analyses for efficient and effective management.
Promotion and Maintenance of Sustainability Initiatives
This course covers the basics of influencing internal and external stakeholders, community-based social marketing, internal and external marketing, and how to maintain and sustain programs and projects once they are launched. This course also serves as a synthesis of the sustainability certificate program. Participants will have an opportunity to consider next steps and create a plan for promoting and sustaining change on a sustainability project unique to their organization, community, or household.
Courses coming Fall 2012!
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