Business Sustainable Practices
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Exploration of sustainable business practices that manage resources, emphasize policies to minimally affect local and global environment, and create positive social environments. Topics cover energy systems and efficiencies, transportation, water usage, waste management and recycling, supply chain and product lifecycle management, and environmental corporate responsibilities and regulations.
Introduces strategies to best position and communicate your organization's commitment to the environment and social responsibility. Topics cover communication of sustainability strategies, integration of sustainable practices, marketing sustainability services and products, sustainability image positioning and advertising, training of employees, vendors and distributors, and developing accountability at all levels of operation.
Explore and compare traditional and renewable energy systems, from efficiency, environment, socio-political and economic perspectives at the regional, US and global levels. Evaluate strategies for energy management in buildings, transportation and business operations. Topics include laws and regulations that govern energy sourcing, utilization and efficiency and their evolution over time.
Introduction to the environmental and economic impact of various resource and waste systems management strategies. Focus is on assessing every stage of business activities from the sourcing of materials and resources, through the use and maintenance of products, to the disposal of resulting waste and emissions.
Introduction to basic tools and techniques used to assess the impact of selected business practices on the environment and society. Topics include introduction to life cycle analysis, carbon footprint computing and analysis; auditing; emission and greenhouse gas reporting; emission trading regulations and energy management solutions.
Introduction to process and techniques involved in performing analysis of businesses with emphasis on how to best integrate sustainability into business and financial strategies. Topics include business process analysis, triple bottom line accounting, information technology processes, green supply chain, trends and practices, and legal issues and regulatory compliance. Recommended: BSUST 150.
Presents strategic approach to change management based on whole systems thinking. Using case studies, the focus is on developing and assessing strategies at all levels of the business systems that break down barriers and build upon relationships between units and stakeholders with an emphasis on economic, social and environmental impacts. Recommended: BSUST 101 or general knowledge of business and sustainable business practices.
Study of principles, functions and objectives of green and sustainable product lifecycle and supply chain management in various industries. Topics include: product design, standards and labeling; purchasing, contracts and supplier programs; outsourcing; manufacturing processes; material sourcing; waste management; resource and energy management; inventory management; transportation and distribution; and overall operations.Recommended: BSUST 160 and one from BSUST 120, BSUST 130 or BSUST 150.
Analyze business processes in each functional area and as a whole to assess sustainability performance using triple bottom line accounting methods, and to develop recommendations for increased efficiencies and decreased environmental footprint. Topics include: history of triple bottom line accounting, internal costs, human elements, supply chain management, operations, budgeting, funding, reporting and managing sustainable business projects. Prerequisite: ACCT 101. Recommended: BSUST 160.