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Climate Crisis and Sustainability

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Program Code: GVOL0760U

Course Information

Student Rating
10/ 10

Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

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Course frequency

Every week



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GVI Program Abroad


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We all need access to clean water, nutritious food, and access to reliable power and transportation systems. But these resources need to be effectively managed to ensure that there is enough for everyone and that damage to the environment is minimised or, ideally, eliminated.

Complete our Climate Crisis and Sustainability course online, which is offered in partnership with the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, to learn about how to sustainably manage the operations of public or private organisations in a wide range of fields. Afterwards, you’ll have insight into the fundamentals of environmental sustainability and will be able to more thoughtfully pursue a career in sustainability management.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • explain the science and principles of environment and climate change
  • discuss how sustainability is achieved in business, schools, universities and our lives
  • analyse how sustainability concerns, governmental objectives and strategic business goals have become interlinked
  • explore key concepts, terminology and tools used to analyse sustainability
  • reflect on how to take action in your own life to contribute to sustainability.

Is this course for you?

If you are passionate about sustainability and creating a balance between natural resources and organisational success, then this course is for you. This is the perfect course for those looking to explore taking up sustainability as a career, but those who would simply like to learn more about sustainability will also benefit. Everyone from high school, college and graduate students to mid-career professionals and retired seniors can join.

Course Curriculum

Start off by learning the key concepts and terminology used in the field of environmental sustainability. You’ll come to better understand the complex balance between meeting current development needs and ensuring a sustainable use of the earth’s resources.

Then you’ll go on to analyse real-world case studies. You'll discuss methods being used to tackle environmental sustainability issues such as agriculture and food production, air pollution, water scarcity, transportation, urbanization and waste management and recycling. Examples of this could be investigating how local organisations are working with farmers to improve sustainability in agriculture, by replacing land clearing with organic farming methods or examining ways to replace fossil fuel expenditure with greener energy sources.

Lastly, you’ll explore the future of environmental sustainability. You’ll learn how companies can shift to become more sustainable in their operational practices, and how this will help businesses reduce waste while maximising the use of their existing resources to turn a profit.
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

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This course includes material related to these Goals

Earn a certificate

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.

Your course expert

Robin Sears

Environmental Sustainability instructor
Robin Sears has been looking into the environmental and policy side of environmental sustainability since 2000. She served on the Millennium Development task force on environmental sustainability and has worked with governments, farmers and scientists designing ways to reverse environmental destruction and to restore nature’s capacity. She loves teaching, and when she is not thinking about your learning, she enjoys any sort of outdoor recreational activity, reading scientific literature and tending to her garden.

Alumni Testimonials

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Climate Crisis and Sustainability

I am very grateful for this opportunity to learn more about a subject I am interested in only a week! The articles, videos, and discussions were well balanced in providing an engaged and interesting way to learn more about sustainability. Thanks GVI!

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Climate Crisis and Sustainability

I absolutely loved this course! I found myself sending the videos to friends and family, as they were incredibly helpful to understand the urgency but hopefulness of the green world crisis.

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Climate Crisis and Sustainability

This GVI online short course was one of the best virtual experiences I’ve ever had. It was flexible to my busy schedule and really went deep into the topic of sustainability. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to learn more about environmental issues and sustainability.


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