Georgia Southern University

Sustainability Advisor Certificate Program

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Dates: 1/28/2015 to 3/27/2015
Location: Online
$385 per person
registeronlineAre you interested in sustainability, but don’t know much about it? Have you been asked to lead the green team in your office, but lack the background? Are you looking to save some money by making your home more sustainable? This 8 week, on-line certificate program will provide you with both the background and the practical knowledge to actually improve sustainability in your home and/or business.This course will introduce the conceptual background for several major areas of sustainability, discuss current issues, and provide knowledge with the goal of actually improving sustainability in your home and business. The course includes 5 modules: Intro to Sustainability, Water, Waste, Energy, and Green Building. Students will view/listen to lectures and videos, engage in discussions, complete assignments, and take quizzes to learn the information and practice the skills presented here.The Georgia Chamber of Commerce encourages its members to participate in this course, as part of their new sustainability initiative, to better understand the business sense that sustainable change can make.

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1. Register Online Now! (secure server) (using a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card).
Please note: Online registration is for individual registrations only. Please have your credit card ready.

2. By Telephone
Call 912.478.5551 (have your Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card ready).
Speed up this process by faxing your registration form in advance to: 912-478-0847.

scocdownload-registration3. By Mail
Checks should be made payable to Georgia Southern University and mailed to:
Continuing Education Registration
Georgia Southern University
PO Box 8124
Statesboro, GA 30460-8124

REFUND POLICY: Refunds due to withdrawals take 2-4 weeks. If payment is made by credit card, your account will be credited. If you cannot attend, please send a friend or colleague in your place. Be sure to notify the registration desk of any substitutions at 912.478.5551. A $25 processing fee is charged for all withdrawals received less than two weeks prior to the beginning of a program unless otherwise noted in the program description. No refunds are given to registrants who fail to withdraw prior to the beginning of the program. Substitutions are encouraged, please contact ce-registrations@georgiasouthern.edu. for information.

Program Outline

I. Introduction to Sustainability
Goal: The goal of this module is to introduce you to the definition of sustainability and its many themes.

Objectives: At completion of this learning module, you will be able to:

  • Define sustainability
  • List at least five common themes of sustainability
  • Define the term “ecological footprint”
  • Calculate your ecological footprint and list ways in which you can reduce your footprint
  • Summarize a sustainable business case study and explain the benefits of sustainable practices
  • Provide convincing arguments as to why businesses should be sustainable

II. Sustainability and Water
Goal: The goal of this module is to provide basic information about hydrology, water ecology and water issues. In addition, this module will highlight important water use issues and help you to understand HOW to apply water conservation techniques at home and in a business. Finally, you will learn how to conduct a water audit.

Objectives: At completion of this learning module, you will be able to:

  • Diagram the water cycle
  • Discuss threats to your watershed
  • Explain the importance of water to living systems
  • Summarize the importance of water conservation
  • List behavioral and equipment based water conservation practices
  • Conduct a water audit

III. Sustainability and Energy
Goal: The goal of this module is to provide basic information about energy sources, uses, issues, and efficiency and conservation practices. In addition, this module will help you to understand HOW to improve energy efficiency and conservation techniques at home and in a business. Finally, you will learn how to conduct a basic energy audit.

Objectives: At completion of this learning module, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between renewable and non-renewable energy sources
  • Give examples of the environmental implications of each energy source
  • List the top three users of electricity in a typical office building
  • Differentiate between energy efficiency and energy conservation
  • Demonstrate energy-conserving behaviors
  • Conduct an energy audit

IV. Sustainability and Waste
Goal: The goal of this module is to provide basic information about waste, its sources and methods of reducing waster. In addition, this module will help you to understand HOW to apply waste reduction techniques at home and in a business. Finally, you will learn how to conduct a waste audit.

Objectives: At completion of this learning module, you will be able to:

  • Define waste and give several examples
  • Describe the top three material that make up the waste stream
  • Define a landfill and describe its function
  • Describe the remediation, contingent, social and environmental costs of waste management
  • List three ways in which waste can be reduced
  • Define recycling
  • Develop a three-step plan by which you can reduce the waste stream in your work place

V. Sustainable Building Design
Goal: The goal of this module is to provide basic information about sustainable building design. In addition, this module will highlight major rating systems for sustainable buildings. Finally, you will learn how evaluate whether a building is sustainable and how you can improve it efficiency.

Objectives: At completion of this learning module, you will be able to:

  • Explain why well-designed buildings are so important to conserving energy and protecting natural resources
  • Describe the basic principles that make a building more or less sustainable
  • Identify the major rating systems for sustainable buildings costs of waste management
  • Interpret the output of programs that assist in designing a sustainable building

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS COURSE INCLUDE:

  • Franklyn R. D’Arcangelo, AIA, LEED AP, partner in the Statesboro, Georgia based architecture firm, Martin Rule and Associates (Module 5)
  • Dr. Nathan Hensley, EDD, Post Doctoral Fellow at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama (Modules 2 and 3)
  • Matthew Schacht, MS in Biology, Biology Instructor at Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan, Kansas (Module 4)
Instructor

leegeLissa Leege Ph.D.
Directs the Center for Sustainability at Georgia Southern University where she is a Professor of Biology. She developed the concept for this course with Thatcher Young, formerly of the Sustainability Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and contributed to each of the five modules.

For Sustainability Advisor Certificate Program Information Contact
Name Title Phone Email
Judy Hendrix-Poole Program Development Specialist 912.478.5993
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