2017 Good Practices in Responsible Management Education (Part 2 of 2)

In this, the second part of a two part end of year review, we look at some of the examples featured (roughly) organised around SDGs 10 to 17. Simply click on the links to read the full article. To read part one click here.

The month of June was a Special Feature month focused on SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities. In Australia the University of New South Wales organises a yearly event that aims to lead the debate and shape public discourse on some of the most important issues facing humanity called Tackling the Grand Challenge of Inequality. For the past few years several Signatories have been engaged in working with refugees living within their countries following the 2015 “Call to Action-Mobilizing the Academic Community Action in Response to the Refugee Crisis” and starting to share their experiences and successes including the student initiated Consortium engaging refugees at Leeds School of Business in the US. This also includes Hanken School of Economics in Finland where several programmes are underway to that aim to help integrate educated asylum seekers into Finnish working life.

The month of May was a Special Feature month focused on SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. During the month we saw several examples of schools engaged in making their communities more sustainable. Monash Business School is engaging their students in the SDGs through an online platform called Take One Step. In response to not only SDG 11 but also the European Union strategy “Europe 2020”, Warsaw School of Economics in Poland launched a research project called Eco-Innovations in Cities that resulted in a specialisation now offered at the school. In Italy at Universita Ca’Foscara Venezia, interdisciplinary teams of students are working together to develop innovative business ideas to make the region of Treviso more sustainable. UWE Bristol celebrated its home city being named the European Green Capital in 2015 by collaborating with not just the city but a range of other organisations to make the year as successful and impactful as possible. Interdisciplinary teams at Kemmy Business School in Ireland worked together for five weeks to see how they could make the city of Limerick stronger, coming up with not just solutions but implementation plans as well.

The University of Fraser Valley offered up a great approach to embedding sustainability into existing courses, in this case their Business Research Methods course which is mandatory for all students. We featured the Breakthrough Innovation Challenge and how it offered students a chance to collaborate with Global Compact companies to build sustainable business models and solutions powered by disruptive technologies. In May we also took a look at how different schools are engaged in sustainable tourism initiatives in recognition of the 2017 United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This included courses, research projects, publications, experiential learning opportunities, partnerships, events to name but a few examples.

A growing number of resources are being created around the Sustainable Development Goals and we have tried to share many of these with readers. Earlier in the year we looked at a list of useful resources around the Sustainable Development Goals that are good as a starting point. We looked at a range of resources developed by the Global Compact focused on business as well as a two part series on resources for SDG 1 to 9 and another from 10 to 17. Sobey School of Business also shared with us how they created an online resource collection around PRME for use by their students, faculty and beyond.

Because of the importance of the Sharing Information on Progress Report within the PRME network, several posts focused on how Signatories are reporting on their efforts, in particular relating to the SDGs. We looked at how visuals are used in SIP reports as a way of clearly organising data and engaging readers. Another couple of posts looked at how Signatories are starting to report on the SDGs, outlining a range of approaches including the approaches from the schools that received the first Recognition for Excellence in Reporting on the SDGs at the PRME Global Forum. There were also posts looking at why SIP reports should be taken seriously as well as 8 Resources to help Signatories integrate the SDGs into their SIP reports. KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business in Belgium shared their experiences engaging their students in creating a materiality index of important sustainability issues to the School which was included in their SIP. Boise State University has students working to create the whole SIP report and their report was recognised at the Global Forum with a Excellence in Reporting Recognition.

Increasingly Schools are collaborating with each other and with a range of other stakeholders around the SDGs. For example the PRME Chapter Nordic worked together to create a special Ph.D. course that engages students from the different school on sustainability and CSR. Lagos Business School in Nigeria launched a Private Sector Advisory Group that brings together leading Nigeria businesses to explore how to reach the SDGs there in collaboration with the UN and government. In March we featured a number of ways that Signatories can engage their students in sustainability projects developed with partners of PRME including through AIM2Flourish, the WikiRate Project that invites students to analyse company sustainability reports and the oikos-PRME Research Hub where students can share their sustainability related research.

Sustainable Business Examples from Around the World – Canada, South Africa and the UK

As businesses become more engaged in sustainability around the world, we are presented with an increasing range of examples of active companies. However, when I speak with students and faculty, they say that they often hear about the same examples from the same international companies over and over again.

In an attempt to share some new best practice examples, I asked a handful of faculty members from around the world about their favourite classroom examples of local companies that are actively involved in sustainability. Here are some examples from Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Georgina Gough, UWE Bristol, UK

Triodos Bank is a global pioneer in sustainable banking, using the power of finance to support projects that benefit people and the planet. They act as a sustainable service provider, have a range of innovative banking products and also aim to stimulate and lead public debate on issues including quality of life, social and environmental development and sustainable banking.

Bordeaux Quay is an award-winning restaurant and cookery school founded and run as a sustainable enterprise. They are focused on buying local, seasonal, organic, using ethically sourced ingredients, reducing consumption of fossil fuels and agrichemicals. Their building also represents their sustainability focus: a repurposed docks warehouse, with the restaurant reusing as many original materials as possible.

Resource Futures is a national organisation founded in Bristol enhancing practice in resource utilisation and supporting the move to a circular economy.

Low Carbon SW is a trade organisation covering Southwest England supporting the business development of the regional low carbon sector.

Eunomia is a highly-respected Bristol based environment and sustainability consultancy.

 

Aunnie Patton Power, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Zoona is a mobile money operator that is facilitating money transfers in Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi and planning to grow to additional markets.  They are employing thousands of young women as tellers in their Zoona booths and lowering the cost to send, save and soon borrow money in Africa.

AllLife Insurance offers affordable life insurance and disability cover for HIV-positive and diabetic people in South Africa. Their model essentially took a segment of the population that insurers saw as a liability and built a business model around providing value for individuals and helping them improve their lives.  They work closely with their patients to ensure they have longer life expectancies and maintain healthy lifestyles.  They’ve been so successful they are expanding up to the UK.

GreenCape is a special purpose vehicle, which was established by the Western Cape Government to support businesses and investors in the green economy by removing barriers to establishment and growth. They also support local, provincial and national government efforts to build a resilient green economy.  As a quasi-governmental entity, Green Cape has been able to facilitate deals, growth and opportunities in the green space in the Western Cape.

 

Georgia Atkin, Sobey School of Business, Canada

Telus, a Canadian telecommunications company, has been doing impressive work in the area of green buildings: in 2015, TELUS opened its new LEED Platinum certified head office, the TELUS Garden. The TELUS Garden uses solar panels to generate 65,000 kWh annually, and utilizes a District Energy System to recover waste energy from neighbouring buildings, reducing reliance on conventional energy sources by 80 per cent.

Stantec, an international design and consultation company, has some great ongoing sustainability initiatives. Alongside donating funds to community arts, education, health, and environmental projects, the company also holds an annual ‘Stantec in the Community Day’, where company employees are encouraged to volunteer their time at community initiatives. In 2016, 8000 Stantec employees contributed 16,000 hours of volunteer work at 250 locations.

Nova Scotia designer Tabitha Osler recently launched a company called Faire Child, which is preparing to manufacture sustainably-made waterproof outerwear for children. Her products promise to be innovative in their low environmental impact: the clothing uses a polyester fabric made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, and every piece of clothing is designed to be recycled again at the end of its lifespan.

Resources for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – December Edition – Part 2 of 2

There are a growing number of excellent resources around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, many of which can be used in the classroom or to inspire activities within University and Business School campuses. In this new series we will regularly feature a range of different resources that can be used to engage in, and raise awareness of the 17 SDGs. If you are creating new resources or have any favourites please send them so they can be featured as well. Part 1 featured resources for Goals 1-9 and part 2 will feature resources for Goals 10 through to 17. For more Primetime posts related to the SDGs click here.

Indigenous Peoples: The Business Reference Guide to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples helps business understand, respect and support the rights of indigenous peoples by illustrating how these rights are relevant to business activities. There is also a compilation of case studies of business practices that is available as a supplement to this report.

Local Governments for Sustainability: ICLEI is the leading global network of cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future. With over 1500 members, representing over 25% of the global urban population, the communities that are part of the network are working to become sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, ecomobile, bio diverse, resource-efficient and productive, healthy and happy with a green economy and smart infrastructure.

Clearing house on Sustainable Consumption and Production: The 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns is a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in both developed and developing countries. Guided by UN Environment, the framework also acts as a clearinghouse for information on how organisations are working across regions and sectors.

Caring for Climate: The UN Initiative for Business Leadership on Climate Change endeavours to help prevent a climate change crisis by mobilising a critical mass of business leaders to implement and recommend climate change solutions and policies. Companies who sign up set goals, develop and expand strategies and practices, and publicly disclose emissions. The Initiative also produces a range of additional resources including The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation.

Communities of Ocean Action: There are several communities of action including coral reefs, international law, mangroves, coastal ecosystem management, marine pollution, ocean acidification, scientific knowledge, blue economy and sustainable fisheries. Each community is producing their own resources and organising webinars and meetings globally. Stakeholders, including the private sector, are currently being invited to register voluntary commitments aiming to contribute to SDG 14 here.

The Importance of Conservation: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) offers a range of tools organised by industrial sector, relating to biodiversity including for agriculture, apparel, cement, extractives, finance, renewable energy and tourism. This includes tools on biodiversity-based microenterprise development, conservation finance and biodiversity offsets. They also have a tool online that explores the links between conservation and all 17 Goals.

Monitoring Corruption: Transparency International, a global coalition against corruption, has produced a resource guide on Monitoring Corruption and Anti-Corruption in the Sustainable Development Goals. The guide is intended to explain the role of civil society organisations in monitoring corruption in the SDGs, as well as how to identify potential indicators and data sources for this purpose. The guide also has several country examples.

Partnerships for SDGs Online Platform: This online platform provides global engagement for multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments from all stakeholders developed to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is an interesting resources to see how different groups are working today and some projects that universities may be able to contribute to.

Special Feature October: Impact Investing at Business Schools, What’s happening and why you should be taking note

Traditional finance students are perhaps the most sceptical when it comes to sustainability, often failing to see the relevance to them and to their careers. But this is changing significantly. Impact investing is now not only a tool that business students around the world are learning about, but a growing number of opportunities are being created for students to go beyond just learning about it to actually engaging in it.

Over the month of October Primetime will be exploring the range of Impact Investing opportunities that exist at universities around the world. We will include a mix of summaries of different competitions, courses, centres and other opportunities being developed at business schools globally (both signatories and non signatories) as well as a range of in depth features of initiatives from Advanced Signatory Schools.

So what is impact investing? The Global Impact Investing Network defines impact investing as investments that are made in companies, organisations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impacts alongside a financial return.” On a global scale, impact investments under management are worth about US$77.4billion and it is forecast to reach $2 trillion by 2025 (GIIN).

These courses are fast becoming the most popular on campus, not just for finance students but for students interested in consulting, industry and even NGOs. There are also a wide range of career options for students interested in and knowledgeable about impact investing.

While many of the initiatives at business schools in this space are relatively young, the business sector has been exploring impact investing for some time now. In this first post we look at a few resources on impact investing that provide a good introduction and overview of the subject.

The Global Impact Investing Network drives thought leadership on a number of key themes within the impact investing network. Recent work is focused on the role of impact investing in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Among their work is IRIS, a catalogue of generally accepted performance metrics that leading impact investors use to measure social, environmental, and financial success, a searchable online database of impact investment funds and a career centre with impact investing job openings. They also have a good primer on what you need to know about impact investing.

In 2014 the G8 produced a report called Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets about harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good. The Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, a successor to the work of the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce, was established in 2015 to increase momentum by promoting a unified view of impact investment. Its members include 13 countries plus the EU as well as observers from governments and organisations supportive of impact investing. The following site contains videos of the keynotes and panel discussions from the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum in 2013. The World Economic Forum has also produced some work around impact investing including From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors.

The Global Compact’s A Framework for Action: Social Enterprise and Impact Investing (2012) aims to assist investors, corporations and public policymakers in understanding how to navigate the social enterprise and impact investing space by prioritizing the rationale for engaging, defining a strategy and finally choosing specific approaches to execute. The UNDP Social Impact Fund is a co-investment platform where investors can use blended financial models to create both economic and social dividends. Within the UN family, UNEP has also produced resources around what they call positive impact including a Positive Impact Manifesto.

The MacArthur Foundation and Beeck Centre for social impact and innovation at Georgetown University produced a report on Impact Investing Education and Training which outlines some of the research being done in impact investing at universities globally. Another similar report was produced by the MacArthur Foundation and Said Business School at Oxford University called The Landscape of Social Impact Investment Research: Trends and Opportunities.

There are also a number of organisations that focus specifically on impact investing in different countries. For example the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in Canada has been organising the Social Finance Forum for the past 10 years that brings together 400 entrepreneurs and investors and the US Forum for Sustainable And Responsible Investing that recently published a report on impact investing trends in the US.

A few examples of impact investing already covered on Primetime include:

 

 

Sustainable Business Examples from Around the World – Canada and Nigeria

As businesses become more and more engaged in sustainability around the world, we are presented with an increasing range of examples of active companies. However, when I speak with students and faculty, they say that they often hear about the same examples from the same international companies over and over again.

In an attempt to share some new best practice examples, I asked a handful of faculty members from around the world about their favourite classroom examples of local companies that are actively involved in sustainability. Here are some examples from Canada and Nigeria:

Oreva Agajere, Lagos Business School, Nigeria

Wecyclers is a social enterprise in Lagos Nigeria with an interesting business model for combating pollution and encouraging recycling. Wecyclers offers convenient household recycling service using a fleet of low-cost cargo bikes. They are powering social change using the environment by allowing people in low-income communities to capture value from their waste.

Adcem Healthcare is an indigenous technology and innovation driven healthcare company which builds kidney dialysis centres in public and private hospitals in Nigeria. Adcem also supports the hospitals in running the centres effectively. They have created a unique niche in Nigeria’s health sector by innovatively leveraged partnerships with private organisations to bring healthcare services to those who ordinarily cannot afford it.

Doreo Partner’s Babban Gona is an impact investment firm focused on early stage businesses that improve the livelihoods of Nigerian smallholder farmers. Their farmers’ initiative ‘Babban Gona’ (“Great Farm” in Hausa language) is an agricultural franchise that enables hardworking smallholder farmers reach their full potential by providing end-to-end services that optimise yields and labor productivity, while simultaneously improving market access.

Frank Ulbrich, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

Net Zero waste is committed to closing the loop on the food cycle. They have a unique system for utilising the organic waste produced in households and commercial operations, transforming this nutrient rich material into supercharged soil for use for gardens and farms. As food waste is such a huge problem in North America, finding local companies who are taking action, while limiting the amount of pollution released in the conversion process, is worthy of note.

EcoDairy is an authentic farm experience that simultaneously showcases innovations in dairy sustainability and efficiency. As agriculture is a major cornerstone of the economy in the Fraser Valley, it is important for these organisations to also do everything they can to embrace sustainable practices. EcoDairy is phenomenal in that not only are they inspiring young minds to develop an active interest in farming, but also in innovation for the food and agriculture industry and other facets of science and technology.

Nature’s Path Foods is a local organic, fair trade and non-GMO food producer with products ranging from cereal to grains and granola bars. They are also the largest independent manufacturer of organic breakfast and snack foods in North America. They have signed the Sustainable Food Trade Association’s declaration of sustainability and work to keep their customers healthy as well as their business operations. Their social responsibility includes accomplishments such as: diverting 92% of their waste from landfills, and keeping 204,000 lbs of chemical pesticides out of the soil. Nature’s Path Foods was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2015.

Dr. Wendy Cukier , Ryerson University, Canada

Magnet is an online career matching platform currently serving 90,000 job seekers and over 9,000 employers that helps to combat discrimination in hiring processes through skills-based employment connections. The platform allows job seekers to privately and securely self-identify as a member of any employment equity group, promoting diversity and supporting bias-free recruitment strategies.

Starbucks Canada has partnered with Hire Immigrants on a refugee employment initiative that will recruit, train and retain 1,000 refugee employees through its local community networks in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. This initiative sends a strong message to other employers of the value of diversity to their company and the importance of building bridges for successful refugee resettlement.

Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC) uses income from social innovations to reduce its reliance on government grants and increase the sustainability of its local economic and social development in downtown Toronto. SCCC’s innovative initiatives include Business Out of the Box (BoB), which uses shipping containers to provide affordable commercial spaces to low income and newcomer business owners; and Aquaponics 707, which uses closed-loop urban farming systems to train and employ under-educated youths in new urban farming technology while selling affordable organic fish and produce.

 

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability and Ethics for September 2017 (Part 2 of 2)

UNESCO Systems Thinking Course

Every year there is an increase in the number of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available on sustainability topics. These courses are available for free online and open to anyone with an interest in the topic, lasting between three and fourteen weeks and taking three to eight hours per week to complete. Below is a selection of such courses starting in September 2017, listed by topic, from PRME as well as some non-signatory schools. Click here to read Part 1.

Social Impact

Becoming a change maker: Introduction to Social Innovation – This course is for students either in the field of social innovation, working for an organisation that wants to increase its social impact or just starting out. It explores the skills, tools and methodologies that will help. University of Cape Town – Starts September 18

Social Impact Strategy: This course offers an introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurs, including key concepts, an overview of the fields, and tools to get started as a change maker. Students will learn how to innovate and design new ideas, and new organisation forms to implement those ideas. University of Pennsylvania – Starts September 4.

Become a Social Entrepreneur – In this series of courses students will learn how to create societal impact through Social Entrepreneurship. Students work in teams to study a problematic issue to learn more about the source of the problem and develop and idea and business plan around it. Copenhagen Business School – September 4.

Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business: This course is for anyone who wants to understand how to scale and sustain a social enterprise, how to evaluate and diagnose your current business model, identify your challenges and develop strategies to grow your social enterprise and evaluate its impact . Middlesex University London – Enrol now.

Development and Funding

Financing and Investing in Infrastructure – This course looks at how debt and equity can be used to finance infrastructure investments and how investors approach infrastructure investments. Bocconi – Starts September 4.

Financing for Development: Unlocking Investment Opportunities – This course introduces students to the critical role of the private sector and the use of finance, including innovative solutions to fund the Sustainable Development Goals, to help meet the World Bank Group goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity by 2030. World Bank Group – Enrol anytime.

Development and Humanitarian Action – This course provides students with the analytical skills needed to understand the contexts of development and humanitarian programmes as well as practical skills to apply in the field. Deakin University – Enrol now.

Global Systems Science and Policy – This course explores the main elements of Global Systems Science and how it can inform and model the impact of social, economic, political and environmental policy making taking interdisciplinary approaches and engages citizens. UNESCO – September 4.

Subsistence Marketplaces – This course aims to help students develop an understanding of marketplace activity in the radically different context of subsistence where much of humanity resides and survives, and for them to design solutions that can be implemented by individuals, businesses, and social enterprises through economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable products for subsistence marketplaces. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Started August 28.

Debt Sustainability Analysis – This course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of debt sustainability analysis and a medium-term debt management strategy framework adopted by the IMF and the World Bank. IMF – Starts October 2.

Gender and Development – This course explores the gendered dimensions of contemporary international and community development and ultimately learn how and why gender is so important. Deakin University – Enrol now.

Ethics

Unethical Business Making in Organisations – This course explores how strong organisational contexts push good people towards unethical decisions and how to respond to these. University of Lausanne – Starts September 18.

People Studying People: Research Ethics in Society – In this course students will be supported in reflecting on the value of ethical thinking for research and discover an ethical appraisal framework that you can apply to empirical research projects in social science, arts, education and the humanities. University of Leicester – Starts September 18.

EU Ethics – This course covers the relationship of EU law and ethics, both in general, as well as in selected sensitive fields of affirmative action (non-discrimination), surrogacy (rent-a-womb and human dignity) and the current topic of migration. MCI Management Center Innsbruck – Starts November 20, 2017.

Ethical Social Media – This course explores online identify, social media communities and their users and the most common ethical debates relating to them. University of Sydney – Starts September 18.

Military Ethics: An Introduction – This course explores how military professionals are unusual in having the use of lethal force as a central, defining feature of their role, and unique in the level of force that they are authorised to use which places considerable ethical either on military practionners as well as the civilian decision makers who authorise their missions. UNSW Canberra – Starts October 9.

Human Rights – This course explores human rights ideas and practices at the local, national and international levels from a multi-displinary perspective including education, health, law, social work and development work in both the public and private sector. Curtin University – Enrol anytime.

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability and Ethics for September 2017 (Part 1 of 2)

UNESCO Systems Thinking Course

Every year there is an increase in the number of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available on sustainability topics. These courses are available for free online and open to anyone with an interest in the topic, lasting between three and fourteen weeks and taking three to eight hours per week to complete. Below is a selection of such courses starting in September 2017, listed by topic, from PRME as well as some non-signatory schools.

Strategy

Strategy and Sustainability – This course explores how all business must have a strategy to deal with sustainability and, like any strategy, this involves making choices by filtering out the noise and make them in a clear-eyed way. IESE Business School – Started August 28.

Managing Responsibility: Practicing Sustainability Responsibility and Ethics: This course explores the range of issues that managers are increasingly confronted with and how to deal competently with such challenges. University of Manchester – Starts September 4.

Supply Chain Innovation: How Technology Can Create a Sustainable Future – This course focuses on how new technologies can make supply chains more sustainable and learn how to deal with today’s trends. University of Twente – Enrol now.

The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development – This course introduces the origin and key concepts of sustainability and how to apply those to sustainable development practice. University of Queensland – Enrol anytime.

Making an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals – This course covers the basic definitions and history of sustainable development and sustainability in business – from a niche interest to the present day. University of Bath – Starts October 23.

Sustainability through Soccer: Systems-Thinking in Action – This course takes learners on a journey through a progression of systems-thinking and sustainability concepts using the game of soccer as an analogy. University of Virginia – Starts September 4.

Systems Thinking and Complexity – This course addresses the practical problems that arise in social systems in the context of management and public policy at local, regional and global levels. It is problem-oriented, providing you with both the theoretical understanding and practical tools, to find and implement solutions to organisational and social problems. UNESCO – Starts September 4.

Circular Economy An Introduction – This course explores the Circular economy: how business can create value by reusing and recycling products, how designers can come up with amazingly clever solutions and how you students can contribute to make the Circular Economy happen. TU Delft – Enrol anytime.

Environment, cities and climate change

Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities – This course explores sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. It connects to key trends in urbanisation, decarbonisation and sustainability. Lund University Starts September 11.

Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs – This course describes specific solutions to the vexing urban challenges we all face and students can see how these ideas might be applied in their own areas. They focus on the conceptual framework of ecodesign, see real examples and come to understand the tools, processes and techniques for policy development and implementation. University of British Columbia – Enrol anytime.

Global Environmental Management – This course explores the best environmental technologies for a sustainable development and how they are managed in various settings around the world. Technical University of Denmark – Starts September 11.

Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries – This course challenges students to consider how one might lift societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and explore the inherent complexity of developing country government wanting to grow their economies in a climate friendly way. University of Cape Town – Starts October 2.

Climate Change – This course explores how climate change will affect us, why we should care about it, and what solutions we can employ. Macquarie University – Starts September 11.

Elements of Renewable Energy – This course explores renewable energy using the four Greek elements as weekly themes: earth (renewable energy sources), air (wind power), fire (solar) and water (hydropower). The Open University – Starts September 11.

Landscape Restoration for Sustainable Development a Business Approach – This course looks at how integrated landscape management and large scale landscape restoration should be in every company’s business strategy in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goal on Land Degradation Neutrality. Erasmus University Rotterdam – Starts 18.

Water Resource Management and Policy –The course explores the main issues and strategies linked to water resource management and understand the many variables (environmental, institutional and political), which affect water and which, in terms of management, may require adjustment. Public University of Geneva – Started August 28.

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