Xavier Leadership Center’s Sustainability Certificate is delivered over three semesters in partnership with Xavier University’s William College of Business. The certificate includes:
Strategy and Goal Setting in Sustainability – The first step that any business must take in creating a sustainability program is to develop a vision, set a strategy and establish quantifiable goals. In this course students will gain an understanding of the primary drivers of environmental and social sustainability today, learn how these drivers can impact business growth/equity and how a company can develop a sustainability program to mitigate those impacts and create business opportunities.
Sustainable Product Innovation & Life Cycle Assessment – Once a business has established a sustainability program, developing “green” products through sustainable product innovation can be an important next step. In this course, students will learn the principles of sustainable product innovation by using life cycle assessment to compare the environmental sustainability of selected products and determining why one product is/is not better from an environmental standpoint than another. Students will also learn how to develop environmental advertising claims for “green” products.
Challenges in Executing a Sustainability Program – As a company executes its sustainability program and markets its “green” products, it can confront a host of external issues such as the sustainable sourcing of renewable materials, environmental impacts of growth, issues around product safety, concerns of NGOs/activists, dealing with competing priorities, etc. In this course, students will gain an understanding of such issues and how to prevent them or address them once they arise.
For more information or to register, contact Carol Turchick. firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-745-2936.
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