44. Sustainability Education Online
There is a severe disconnect in moving all efforts forward. Companies and governments are forming sustainability departments. They are hiring energy officers and forming committees. The problem is these people have no training in what sustainability is. They have no way of knowing how to manage waste in an organization. We feel if accountants, lawyers, realtors and medical personnel need to have CEU's for renewing their professional licenses, they should HAVE to understand energy efficiency and sustainability to better serve their clients. How else are they going to learn? They ARE NOT going back to school. Not providing essential training and expecting proper strategic planning to take place is just a disconnect. But such a serious one. We seem to skirt around this issue. Offering this valuable information within current internal training programs on line, making it available 24/7 and attaching core competency testing is what we have done.
Green Education Online has an extensive library of web based training resources on sustainability targeting the adult sectors who are not going back to school. The series of 50 interactive courses with core competency tests we offer are on sustainability planning for both internal training in the business culture as well as throughout the government for engaging participation and is the first of its kind. If companies and governments are to become more efficient in their day to day operations, they need to be taught online about managing waste, water conservation, how to be accountable for environmental performance to stakeholders, sustainability planning, designing an energy plan and becoming more energy efficient internally. They need to be able to identify waste streams that could produce energy in their organizations. and to fully understand what they throw away today may produce a revenue stream tomorrow.
According to a report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) “The global eLearning market is projected to reach $107.3 billion by the year 2015. “The eLearning market is among the most rapidly growing sectors in the worldwide education and training industry. ELearning holds an edge over other computer-based training initiatives due to its ability to lower costs by centralizing content, reduce logistics costs, facilitate persistent storage, and enable uniformity in content delivery."
Why need to connect this in our talent management solutions. "The global economic decline is proving to be favorable for the Learning and Development (L&D) sector. Faced with the need to retain skilled workers during adverse economic conditions, educational institutions as well as corporations are re-assessing means of imparting academic knowledge and training. The need for saving expenses forced companies to implement drastic cuts in budgets, including training costs, downsize operations, and review employee salaries. The growing cost pressure and the need for ensuring sustenance of training activities during the recession is fueling the adoption of eLearning initiatives.” We must apply this to sustainability education! Factor in who will benefit.
• The management team and employees in each department need to learn about recycling
• Employees in all departments need to be guided on the importance of transparency
• Accountability can only happen if training is provided in methods of environmental accounting
Our Sustainability Education Series is of the highest quality in design and includes narration, graphics, and superior tests for core competency knowledge training.
What if every employee in government and business could not only learn on line about sexual harassment in the workplace but also about topics such as:
Sustainability Planning-Design and Implementation
Planning Policies for Government and Business
Social Responsibility- Definition and Benefits
Guidelines for Transparency on Environmental Efforts for Stakeholders
Basic Training of Renewable Energy
Leadership and Administration
Green Building / Systems/Materials
Green Building and Renovations Defined
Energy Efficient Systems
Driving Forces for Change
Risks and Benefits of Green Construction
Green Construction Risk Assessments
Green Certification and Standards
Define Energy Ratings and Audits
Certifications and Energy Standard Case Studies
Green Building Adding to the Bottom Line
Green Supply Chain Management
Leadership, Assessment, and Life Cycle Analysis
Environmental Costs and Benefits
Guiding Your Company’s Plan
Waste Concepts are a Part of History
Tracking and Transporting Waste
Solid Waste Principles
What Can Be Recycled?
A Plan to Begin Managing Your Waste
Contractual Guidelines are a Must
Green Fleet Management
Introduction to Green Fleet Concepts
Alternative Fuel Overview
Green Fleet Case Studies
Green Transportation Saves on the Bottom Line
Sustainable Purchasing Practices
Concepts in Green Purchasing
Involve Your Purchasing Department in Sustainability
Green Cleaning Practices
Becoming Familiar with Green Cleaning Concepts
Efficient Use of Your Water Resources
Preventing Stormwater Pollution
Environmental Accounting Methods
General Environmental Management System Guidance
Environmental Management System Implementation
Planning for Environmental Accountability
Tracking Carbon Emissions
Waste and Recycling in Food Service
Greener Food Service Practices
Introduction Renewable Energy to Government and Business
Identifying Local Renewable Resources
Waste to Energy Saves Money!
When they know enough about these issues and then when they perform their jobs, they will be better equipped to make recommendations with regards to sustainable solutions and the result will be less waste, more respect for eco-systems and a measurable benchmark for lower greenhouse gas emissions..
Why it should be recognized:
Education for license renewals and within the current internal training programs is essential for measuring success. There is such a need to have quality on line education for the adult sectors on sustainability planning processes and topics. The employee pool can learn online about recycling, waste management, energy efficiency, green fleets basics, water conservation and more through your organization. As you know, most companies ask employees to take courses such as “sexual harassment in the workplace” or offer ADOBE or MICROSOFT training. Now, in your desire to implement green best practices, you can offer 24/7 access to on line green topics. How can we expect change to happen if adults who are in positions within the corporate and government cultures are not trained on these issues? Offering education on line on topics such as designing an energy plan, environmental accountability, greening fleets, social responsibility, planning for sustainability, learning to become more energy efficiency, understanding waste management, water conservation and recycling many have interest in but few resources for an effective on line learning platform will bring these topics to the forefront. It will allow better planning, in all departments, in all sectors.