The Triple Bottom Line
Jim Newton, P.E., DEE
This eight hour course provides valuable information for those individuals who participate in the operations and management of businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), governmental agencies and any other individual with an interest in protecting the planet and being a better world citizen. Completion of this course will provide the student the necessary information and testing to meet the continuing education requirements in order to renew their licenses. It was designed by an instructor who has developed and implemented numerous similar training courses.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:
The intended audience for this course is any professional who is involved in the operation and management of businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), governmental agencies and any other individual with an interest in protecting the planet and being a better world citizen.
Benefit to Attendees
Attendees of this course will under stand the basic concepts of sustainability and how to implement these.
In recent years sustainability has gained significant momentum. Many large corporations such as Nike, Wal-Mart, and McDonald’s are embracing the concepts of sustainability. Both large corporations and small non profits all are seeing benefits to incorporating sustainability concerns into their business models. Many businesses have become sensitive to social and stakeholder issues. Sustainability can be thought of as a three legged stool and represented as the Triple Bottom Line or in other words, the three e’s (economics, ethics and the environment) or the three p’s, (profit, planet and people). The Triple Bottom Line was first presented by John Elkington in the early 1990’s.
There are four main reasons for implementing a sustainability program. These include:
This course is designed to provide engineering professionals with an understanding of the triple bottom line sustainability concepts and a means of implementing these concepts into their business models.
This course is based upon the following book:
The Triple Bottom Line by Andrew W. Savitz, which is available in your local library or from Amazon.com, Borders, or Barnes and Nobles. You may be able to find an electronic version from e-bookstores on the Internet if time is of essence (enter search phrase "Making Sustainability Work PDF" in Google) or as a Kindle version from Amazon.
This course discusses basic Triple Bottom Line sustainability concepts and models and how to implement them.
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