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A Systems Approach to Sustainability

Format On Demand: Online
Offered by Ithaca College
Price $525.00
Category Other

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

Objectives

  • 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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CE Hours 15.0