Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Course Descriptions

SS #2

Course Offering Format and Dates: The four courses offered online are 3 credit hours and 8 weeks long. Each course is cross-listed as both an undergraduate (300-level) and graduate (400-level) course. Some may count toward your ENVS major if you are an undergraduate in IES at Loyola.

Sustainability Assessment & Planning: Four-Course Sequence for Sustainability Professionals

Academic Year 2018/2019

The Institute of Environmental Sustainability is pleased to announce its new Sustainability Assessment & Planning: Four-Course Sequence for Sustainability Professionals launching in the fall of 2018.  This series of courses will teach students the fundamentals of being a sustainability professional at a corporate, academic, governmental, or not-for-profit organization. Taught by experienced professionals in the field, the courses familiarize students with sustainability science and provide the foundational tools to become successful professionals.

Courses:

ENVS 398 – Section 004 -- Introduction to Sustainability Concepts and Impacts (3 cr. hrs)
This online course focuses on the many roles of a sustainability professional in a contemporary organization. It considers the historical foundations of sustainability and reflects on the legal, economic, cultural, and environmental principles that drive it.  Students will acquire an understanding of the importance of conducting a comprehensive sustainability assessment to the creation of a more sustainable organization.

ENVS 398 – Section 005 – Assessment and Reporting I – Energy, Air, Buildings and Transportation (3 cr. hrs)
This online course introduces students to the importance of measuring and tracking sustainability indicators in energy, air, buildings and transportation. The course will focus on the role of the resource indicators in meeting an organization’s sustainability goals. Students will learn best-practices for creating baseline measurements and will practice calculating trends and setting future goals for each indicator area. Students will understand internal and external verification processes and standards that influence operational and sustainability choices.
(Prereq ENVS 398 Introduction to Sustainability Concepts and Impacts)

ENVS 398  Section TBD – Assessment and Reporting II – Water, Land, Food & Waste (3 cr. hrs)
This online course introduces students to the importance of measuring and tracking sustainability indicators in water, land, food and waste. The course will focus on the role of the resource indicators in meeting an organization’s sustainability goals. Students will learn best-practices for creating baseline measurements and will practice calculating trends and setting future goals for each indicator area. Students will understand internal and external verification processes and standards that influence operational and sustainability choices.
(Prereq ENVS 398 Introduction to Sustainability Concepts and Impacts) 

ENVS 398 – Section TBD Sustainability Plan Development & Reporting (3 cr. hrs)
This online capstone course will allow students to use the skills and information gained in the previous three courses to create a comprehensive sustainability plan for an organization. Students will study sustainability goals and plans of global and local companies and apply the strategies learned to their own plans. Students will understand the importance of engaging stakeholders in advancing corporate sustainability and the role a good sustainability plan plays in that engagement.
(Prereqs ENVS 398 - Introduction to Sustainability Concepts and Impacts, ENVS 398 - Assessment and Reporting I and ENVS 398 – Assessment and Reporting II)