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Transform your department or organization with MIT Professional Education group benefits

The more team members you enroll in your organization, the more benefits you can acquire. Depending on the number of members enrolled in our courses, you could obtain these benefits:

  • Special pricing
  • Focus-based, industry-specific feedback from specialized learning facilitators
  • Collaborative learning experience
  • Overall better performance and outcomes

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Why Enroll in this Course?

Become part of the MIT community, the leading institution in the world for innovation.

An all-encompassing approach to business sustainability for professionals across all industries.

This multidisciplinary course will enable you to become an effective changemaker in your company.

Make impactful decisions that drive more efficient business operations.

This online course seeks to prepare professionals from different industries with the necessary skills and experience to improve sustainability in their business operations. Each participant will discover the tools to create real and feasible strategies in their organization.

What will you learn?

Elaboration of pragmatic solutions

Calculations of sustainability

Assimilation of information

Historical context

Causes of environmental decline

Certificate Sustainability: Strategies and Opportunities for Industry | MIT Professional Education

All the participants who successfully complete their program will receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion, as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs)*.

To obtain CEUs, complete the accreditation confirmation, which is available at the end of the course. CEUs are calculated for each course based on the number of learning hours.

*The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as 10 contact hours of ongoing learning to indicate the amount of time they have devoted to a non-credit/non-degree professional development program.

To understand whether or not these CEUs may be applied toward professional certification, licensing requirements, or other required training or continuing education hours, please consult your training department or licensing authority directly.

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Course Outline

Module 1: Sustainability

Module 1 presents a conceptual and working understanding of sustainability, including several core components. We will understand a high-level set of sustainability principles, as well as methods for measuring our global and societal impact on the environment through the IPAT equation and the ecological footprint.

Module 2: Materials and Energy I

Next, we will understand the definition and designation of renewable and nonrenewable attributes to a range of materials and energy. We will see how to apply Material Flow Analysis (MFA), Material Intensity per Unit of Service (MIPS), and life cycle assessments (LCAs). Lastly, we will learn about sustainability issues and technological development related to water and food resources.

Module 3: Materials and Energy II

In part 2, we will look at the sustainability challenges of extraction and production of metals and minerals in various industries, as well as the built environment. To conclude the module, we will learn about the sustainability challenges of energy production and consumption.

Module 4: Sustainable Products and Consumption

In this module, we will explore in detail three topics that serve this future: the concept of a circular economy, the process of dematerialization, and the range of technological, engineering, and design innovations that are already making sustainability a reality.

Module 5: Cities, Resources, and the Global Economy

After learning about production and consumption, we will understand the rate and extent of global urbanization and its effect on a wide range of resource and environmental issues. We will learn about the measurement methods used and the scale, consequences, and potential solutions of contemporary cities.

Module 6: Ethics of Sustainability

This module will introduce the ethical issues of sustainability that we are facing today and will likely face in the future, and we will have the capacity to evaluate competing ethical stances, identify potential ethical conflicts, and develop a pathway toward resolution.

Module 7: Global Opportunities in the Anthropocene

In this module we will explore the connections between business activities and the most important range of environmental challenges as represented by the Nine Planetary Boundaries. We will also explore climate change and provide a roadmap for rapid decarbonization. Finally, we will understand the meaning and implications of the term "Anthropocene.”

Module 8: Sustainable Development and the Grand Transition

Through this module, we will learn about the governance of large-scale global sustainability initiatives. From case studies, we will have the ability to assess the strengths, weaknesses, quantitative goals, and targets of international environmental policy mechanisms of their efficacy and long-term effects on promoting sustainability.



Professor of Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture and Director of MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

I was completely blown away by the overall course and the content. The peer discussion & assignments enabled us to dive deeper, utilizing objective quantifiable or qualitative information to formulate our responses. I greatly appreciated the great feedback from the Faculty. Overall this course was a huge success for me. Thanks, MIT for helping me understand how I can make a difference in the lives of those around me.

Robert Eley - Supply Chain Architecture & Operations Program Manager, Apple

Professionals from these leading organizations have completed this course:

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