Online course

Foundations in Climate Change & Sustainability

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Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

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Course frequency

Every week


Time committment

- hours



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Course introduction

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.

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 how to measure impact, as well as teach you about the challenges faced with combating climate change.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

Earn your certification

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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 and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

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.

This program also includes our Impact Measurement course. In this course, you’ll learn how to monitor and evaluate a project and whether it is achieving its goals and making an impact. You’ll be able to analyse the positive and negative effects that impact investing can have on communities and the environment. You’ll also cover the different reasons that organisations measure impact and lastly, you’ll learn about some of the methodologies for measuring impact, such as the Theory of Change (ToC).

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.

Course curriculum

Course 1:Climate Crisis and Sustainability

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: The Earth System

Module 2: Environmental Problems

Module 3: Sustainable Development and the Environment

Module 4: Approached to Environmental Sustainability

Module 5: Making Change for Our Planet’s Future

Course 2:Impact Measurement

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Introduction to Impact Measurement

Module 2: Planning for Measurement

Module 3: Implementing Your Measurement Plan

Module 4: Managing and Using Data for Impact

Module 5: Current and Future Approaches to Impact Measurement

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

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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Sustainable cities and communities


Responsible consumption and production


Climate action


Affordable and clean energy


Industry, innovation and infrastructure