A Systems Approach to Sustainability
|Format||On Demand: Online|
|Offered by||Ithaca College|
Developing an awareness of sustainability as a multi-dimensional, dynamic interaction betwee n interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization is essential to the development and continuous improvement of successf ul sustainability initiatives. Org anizational decision-making and planning efforts based on a systems approach assures that the inte nded outcomes in one component of the system do not create unintended outcomes in others. The course contains two modules. Module ' sets the stage for an in-dep th exploration of systems thinking by focusing on achieving a shared understanding of sustainability, common sustainability blund
- Achieve an understanding of sustainability that is "actionable".
- Reframe discussions and shift mental models toward sustainability.
- Explore sustainable envisioning.
- Make ethical "triple bottom line" decisions.
- Lead organizational sustainability efforts.
- Analyze problems using the "systems-thinking iceberg" model.
- Analyze challenges using "systems diagrams".
- Identify system archetypes.
- Identify leverage pointsin the system and how to use them to build organizational capacity.
- Apply systems thinking models and diagrams to resolve local organizational challenges.
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