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Foundations in Climate Change & Sustainability

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Program Code: GVOL0767M

Course Information

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Weekly on Mondays

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Every week



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Complete our Foundations in Climate Crisis and Sustainability online course to gain an understanding of the importance of maintaining a balance between the earth’s natural resources and economic development. This course is offered in partnership with the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte.

Gain a deeper understanding of how organisations, both public and private, can aim to minimise or eliminate damage to the environment and thereby reduce the effects of climate change. Consider how sustainability can be achieved in business, schools, universities and your own life, and how doing so can help tackle climate crisis issues such as plastic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Learn about the key concepts of environmental sustainability, so that you can kick start your career in sustainability management.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • discuss the principles and science behind climate change and the benefits of environmental sustainability
  • explain the interconnectedness between governmental objectives, strategic business goals and concerns about long term sustainability.
  • analyse frameworks used in measuring an organisations impact
  • create an eye-catching resume and unique digital profile, with the purpose of pursuing job opportunities that align with your career aspirations
  • develop objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound (SMART), and identify your leadership style.

Is this course for me?

This online course is for anyone who is looking to pursue a career in the field of sustainability management. Whether you are just starting on your career path or switching to a career in an industry you are passionate about, this online course will help you gain a better understanding of how to measure impact, as well as teach you about the challenges faced with combating climate change.

Course Curriculum

This program features the Climate Crisis and Sustainability course. On this course, you'll learn about the key terms and fundamental concepts in environmental sustainability, as well as the challenges faced in the current climate crisis. You’ll analyse practical case studies and discuss topics such as the future of environmental sustainability.

This program also includes our Impact Measurement course. In this course, you’ll learn how to monitor and evaluate a project and whether it is achieving its goals and making an impact. You’ll be able to analyse the positive and negative effects that impact investing can have on communities and the environment. You’ll also cover the different reasons that organisations measure impact and lastly, you'll learn about some of the methodologies for measuring impact, such as the Theory of Change (ToC).

The program also includes our Careers in Sustainable Development and Leading Teams for Impact courses. In the careers course, you’ll learn about the different careers available in sustainable development. You’ll also learn how to network, write a resume, submit an application and impress during an interview. In the leadership course, you’ll identify your own leadership style. You’ll learn how to set goals, give feedback, manage conflict and identify different roles of team members.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This course includes material related to these Goals
COURSE 1 : Climate Crisis and Sustainability
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : The Earth System
Module 2 : Environmental Problems
Module 3 : Sustainable Development and the Environment
Module 4 : Approached to Environmental Sustainability
Module 5 : Making Change for Our Planet’s Future
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COURSE 2 : Impact Measurement
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Impact Measurement
Module 2 : Planning for Measurement
Module 3 : Implementing Your Measurement Plan
Module 4 : Managing and Using Data for Impact
Module 5 : Current and Future Approaches to Impact Measurement
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COURSE 3 : Careers in Sustainable Development
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Career Paths and Opportunities
Module 2 : Your Values and Ways to Make an Impact
Module 3 : Career Mapping and Choices
Module 4 : Building Your Profile and Personal Brand
Module 5 : Securing Your Dream Job
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COURSE 4 : Leading Teams for Impact
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Team Leading
Module 2 : Planning and Setting Team Goals
Module 3 : Preparing by Creating a Safe, Supportive Environment
Module 4 : Presenting and Communicating With Your Team
Module 5 : Performing and Developing a Leadership Style
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Earn a certificate

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course experts

Robin Sears

Environmental Sustainability instructor
Robin Sears has been looking into the environmental and policy side of environmental sustainability since 2000. She served on the Millennium Development task force on environmental sustainability and has worked with governments, farmers and scientists designing ways to reverse environmental destruction and to restore nature’s capacity. She loves teaching, and when she is not thinking about your learning, she enjoys any sort of outdoor recreational activity, reading scientific literature and tending to her garden.

Elisabeth Richardson

Sustainable Business and Social Enterprise Leader
Elisabeth Richardson holds an MBA and has worked in leadership roles at businesses and non-profits that focus on solving social and environmental problems for nearly 20 years. She developed the standards behind the B Impact Assessment, a platform designed to measure and manage a company's positive impact, is a regular speaker at conferences such as TedX and has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Candice Clark

HR Practitioner and Career Coach
Candice Clark, a certified life coach, has spent over a decade as a human resource (HR) practitioner and has led hundreds of individuals in making crucial career decisions. Her background is in psychology and she’s a specialist wellness counsellor registered with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP). She’s currently completing a Master’s of Public Health (MPH).

Cheryl Martin

GVI Regional Director of Asia
Over the course of nearly a decade working with GVI, Cheryl Martin has led hundreds of leadership training courses around the world. Originally starting her career as an early childhood development teacher, Cheryl has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and spent five as an assistant principal. As GVI’s regional director of Asia, Cheryl oversees the development of GVI staff across the Asian subcontinent.

Jill Walker

GVI Director of Operations
Jill Walker has spent more than a decade in leadership positions across GVI’s many sustainable development projects around the world. As GVI’s director of operations, she oversees the development and training of dozens of GVI’s mid-level managers. Jill holds a MSc in environmental education, and she’s currently completing an integrative coaching certificate.

Alumni Testimonials

Course Rating

Foundations in Climate Change & Sustainability

I am very grateful for this opportunity to learn more about a subject I am interested in only a week! The articles, videos, and discussions were well balanced in providing an engaged and interesting way to learn more about sustainability. Thanks GVI!

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Foundations in Climate Change & Sustainability

I absolutely loved this course! I found myself sending the videos to friends and family, as they were incredibly helpful to understand the urgency but hopefulness of the green world crisis.

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Foundations in Climate Change & Sustainability

This GVI online short course was one of the best virtual experiences I’ve ever had. It was flexible to my busy schedule and really went deep into the topic of sustainability. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to learn more about environmental issues and sustainability.


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