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Best Online Courses in Sustainability Studies 2019

Courses are versatile study programs that can be valuable for several desired educational outcomes. A course is usually one class and may be beneficial if the student looks to gain initial knowledge about a subject, hone a particular skill or simply learn more about a personal interest.

What is a course in sustainability studies? Sustainability courses examine the relationship between humans and the environment. The field of sustainability often focuses on mitigating the environmental impact caused by human activities by encouraging dynamic solutions to the world’s waste, food shortage, climate change, conservation and pollution challenges. Sustainability can be a bridge linking different yet interrelated fields such as environmental science, conservation and economics.

Studying sustainability can provide the student with a number of valuable life skills. Working with others in a collaborative environment can foster the important skill of teamwork. Additionally, a sustainability student will likely become quite knowledgeable about both environmental science and economics, two subjects that often translate to higher salaries and better job potential.

The cost of a sustainability course or degree varies from school to school. It is likely a sustainability program will take the student at least two years to complete. It’s best to contact schools for the most current financial information.

When the student has completed the study requirements for a sustainability course, he or she can pursue jobs in a variety of fields. Job opportunities for sustainability course graduates commonly include positions in environmental science organizations, conservation associations, landfill and waste remediation facilities, water treatment facilities and private environmental consulting firms. Job titles for program participants are varied and can range from project manager to environmental analyst to sustainability consultant.

To find out more about taking a sustainability course online, visit the course listing page and fill out the website form. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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10 Results in Sustainability Studies

Gaia Education

Global experts advise in order to stir humanity towards sustainability we need to re-design everything, from our homes to our food, energy, transport, and economic system ... [+]

Global experts advise that in order to stir humanity towards sustainability, we need to re-design everything, from our homes to our food, energy, transport and economic systems. This transformation needs to occur on a grand scale and take into consideration people, planet and livelihoods to arrive at a holistic balance as we humbly endeavour to redesign human presence on Earth.

So, what does it mean to re-design everything?

Rooted in Gaia Education’s international experience in community design education and sustainable systems thinking over more than ten years, we offer you this short course that highlights what is possible, what is being done, and what remains to be done, to transform society, while addressing the most pressing issues of our times. Designing for Sustainability invites a cross-generational process of critical thinking, the exploration of innovative solutions and social entrepreneurship, and is inspired by what Thich Nhat Hanh has called ‘interbeing’ – the connection we share with all living things.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
Open Enrollment
Part-time
12 - 15 hours
Online
Gaia Education

This online programme will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development at a global scale. It will present the case for ... [+]

Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increases social equity and an environment that allows the world to thrive. Development is not possible without energy and sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.

This online programme will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development at a global scale. It will present the case for how renewable energies represent both an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity.

The programme supports the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL), which aims to provide universal access to modern energy services, and double the worldwide rate of improvement in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. Energy underpins all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which this course is also closely aligned with.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
Gaia Education

We need to learn to question our basic assumptions and learn to ask deeper questions that help us to transcend and include multiple perspectives if we hope to steer human ... [+]

Top Online Courses in Sustainability Studies.

We need to learn to question our basic assumptions and learn to ask deeper questions that help us to transcend and include multiple perspectives if we hope to steer humanity towards an uncertain future with wisdom, foresight, and precaution.

The Worldview dimension invites you to become more conscious of how your own worldview and value system affect your perceived needs and the way you might propose and design solutions in any given situation.

This dimension can be taken as a stand-alone programme or as the starting point for our 10-month online Design For Sustainability course. The cost of this dimension is £350 GBP. The course, which includes an orientation period, lasts for eight weeks. We suggest you dedicate a minimum of 10 hours a week to the course, in order to receive maximum benefit from it.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
May 2019
Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
Gaia Education

Never has there been a better time and a more urgent need to create a more resilient and participatory future by turning our attention to alternative economic paradigms. ... [+]

Never has there been a better time and a more urgent need to create a more resilient and participatory future by turning our attention to the redesign of our economic systems. If you feel stuck or uncertain about what you can do and want to take part in this redesign, our e-learning programme is for you.

An increasing amount of people know that our current economic system is no longer sustainable, yet awareness of viable alternatives is spreading slowly. Our aim is to give you a better understanding of those alternatives and the true meaning of economy and wealth. Participants will learn about existing systems and tools that are useful and will explore what it might take to re-design those that have proven dysfunctional.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
March 2020
Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
Gaia Education

Do you want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem? Do you want to learn to create elegant solutions carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness ... [+]

Top Online Courses in Sustainability Studies.

Do you want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem?

Do you want to learn to create elegant solutions carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness of place?

If you do, then becoming an ecological designer is for you.

The Ecological dimension of Gaia Education’s online course will give you the skills to become an ecological designer and create self-regenerating sustainable settlements.

World leaders have set the target of achieving three extraordinary things in the next 15 years:

end extreme poverty fight inequality and injustice fix climate change

The 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
Gaia Education

Are you looking to consciously reinvent cooperative and harmonious ways of living and working together? If so, how do we design for group development, leadership, conflic ... [+]

Are you looking to consciously reinvent cooperative and harmonious ways of living and working together?

If so, how do we design for group development, leadership, conflict resolution, decision-making, creativity, social justice, and communication?

Join Gaia Education’s Social Design for Sustainability course and learn practical effective ways to create the change we all seek. Our distinct programme is your chance to learn about the different ways to participate in this (r)evolutionary shift in paradigms.

Our aim is to give you a better understanding of the true meaning of social equity and participatory action and to enable participants to apply transformative tools that align us with more resilient social systems. Our relationship with others is too dear to let it default on old domineering paradigms.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
Harvard Business School Online

Climate change. Income inequality. Social injustice. These are just three of the big problems of our time. In Sustainable Business Strategy, you will learn how businesses ... [+]

Sustainable Business can change the world. Will you?

Climate change. Income inequality. Social injustice. These are just three of the big problems of our time. In Sustainable Business Strategy, you will learn how businesses can thrive and grow while simultaneously playing a major role in solving some of these big problems. You will also learn how you as an individual can make a difference.

Through interactive online case studies with leading companies such as Walmart and Unilever, you will learn why purpose-driven firms perform well, and how they can kickstart the wheel of change. You will examine different business models and gain an understanding of the broader landscape including the role of government, investors, and customers. Whether you are just getting started in your career or are already an established professional, you will walk away from Sustainable Business Strategy with the ability to:... [-]

USA Cambridge
June 2019
Part-time
3 weeks
Online
TU Delft Open & Online Education

Learn the principles, process design, and troubleshooting techniques for anaerobic wastewater treatment and get the full potentials of your anaerobic high-rate reactor. ... [+]

Learn the principles, process design, and troubleshooting techniques for anaerobic wastewater treatment and get the full potentials of your anaerobic high-rate reactor.

Maximize the benefits

Anaerobic wastewater treatment is the most energy-efficient technology for treating wastewater. With minimal energy requirement and the conversion of organic pollutants into energy-rich biogas, there's a double energy gain! This course addresses the fundamental principles, the microbial and physicochemical aspects, reactor technology and current and future applications.

The course presents state-of-the-art technology, focusing on sludge bed reactor systems. It also introduces the diagnostic tools used to determine the reasons for any sub-optimal performance. Sometimes anaerobic reactors suffer from sudden failures. In this course, you will learn how to perform a diagnosis on the anaerobic reactor and evaluate why failures are experienced and decide what remedial action is required to restore the full potential benefit of the anaerobic system.... [-]

Netherlands Netherlands Online
May 2019
Part-time
6 weeks
Online
TU Delft Open & Online Education

Sharpen your business proposition by learning how to systematically integrate values (such as sustainability, safety, equity and privacy) into the design of new technolog ... [+]

Sharpen your business proposition by learning how to systematically integrate values (such as sustainability, safety, equity and privacy) into the design of new technologies or products in your organization. This will ensure a strategic win-win outcome for both society and your business.

Investing in and adopting Design for Values can benefit your organization in multiple ways:

Improve the chances of commercial success and increase investors' confidence by making innovations more socially acceptable. Prevent future legal problems and reduce the risks of negative financial implications caused by bad publicity. Risks potentially associated with the use of new technologies can be prevented if they are properly assessed and addressed during the product design process. Retain and attract new customers by using sales arguments based on the benefits of integrated values. Using these values as part of your marketing strategy can help you define your unique selling proposition. Strengthen your brand's reputation and reinforce its position in the industry by showing commitment to the development of the industry with ethical business practices and contributions to the community. ... [-]
Netherlands Netherlands Online
September 2019
Full-time
5 weeks
Online
TU Delft Open & Online Education

Learn skills and tools needed to analyze 'deep' uncertainties, to anticipate change and to design adaptation pathways for large-scale and long-term interventions in infra ... [+]

Learn skills and tools needed to analyze 'deep' uncertainties, to anticipate change and to design adaptation pathways for large-scale and long-term interventions in infrastructure and water management systems.

Recent events show the vulnerability of infrastructure to unexpected or difficult-to-predict events. Flood security is frequently threatened and returns on investment in infrastructure are vulnerable to shifts in climate change, to financial crises, to disruptive innovations or to trend-breaks.

A system-based approach

In support of this new and systematic approach to long-term planning, researchers from TU Delft and the Deltares Institute in the Netherlands, have developed tools with which to:... [-]

Netherlands Netherlands Online
October 2019
Part-time
6 weeks
Online