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Foundations in Climate Change & Sustainability

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Program Code: GVOL0767M

Course Information

Next start date

7 September 2020

Enrollment closes

2 September 2020

Course frequency

Starts Every 2 Weeks


8 weeks

Time Commitment

60 Hours



Optional Extra

GVI Program Abroad



Flexible Payment

Options Available


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 ethical decision making and the ethical impacts that arise as a result of decision-making processes
  • 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 ethical best practice, as well as teach you about the challenges faced with combating climate change.

Bundle 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.

Another fundamental part of this program is the Making an Impact Ethically course. On this course, you’ll engage in debate on a range of commonly encountered ethical predicaments and discuss your own solutions to these dilemmas. You’ll also evaluate how external factors can have an effect on decision making as you work to develop your own processes. You’ll gain an understanding of the different types of ethical decision making frameworks and investigate real-world scenarios through case studies.

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 : Environmental Science and Climate Change
Module 2 : Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
Module 3 : Business and the Environment
Module 4 : Sustainability Tools and Analysis
Module 5 : Making Change for Our Planet’s Future
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COURSE 2 : Making an Impact Ethically
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Ethics
Module 2 : Ethical Theories in Action
Module 3 : Ethics and Solutions to Global Problems
Module 4 : Is There a “Right and Wrong” Way?
Module 5 : The Future of Doing Good
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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, your name, the date and a signature from your course instructor. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course instructors

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.

Rosie Urbanovich

Applied Ethics Specialist and Non-profit Communications Manager
Rosie Urbanovich is an adjunct professor of moral philosophy. In this role, she lectures undergraduates on contemporary ethical issues such as animal welfare, climate change and global poverty. She has nearly a decade of experience managing communications and other marketing activities to assist non-profits in raising funds. Rosie holds a MA in global ethics from King’s College London.

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.

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