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Inspiring Engagement in Sustainability (ON-Line)

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Course Code SC 165

ON-Line Workshop, Interactive, 4 sessions, 1.5 hours each with videos, readings, and reflection posts  that support application.  Videos and readings are provided for the weeks in between each session to deepen your understanding and application to your company.

All sessions are recorded so you never miss one. 

Wonderful Extras you Receive with this Course:

  • Learning Module: Developing Green Habits for Sustainability (A Presentation Video Based on research in the book "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg)
  • Webinar Video: Me to We: The Five Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, by author Bob Doppelt.
  • Engagement Culture Assessment
  • Templates for Creating your Engagement Plan
Start and End Time

Oct. 31, Nov. 14, 21, 28.  All sessions are recorded so you never miss one.  Invite additional colleagues to attend for only $ 50 each

Course Description

Inspiring Engagement in Sustainability – insights on the psychology of engagement & culture change

Getting your employees really engaged in your sustainability initiatives can be difficult if you don't use the right approach.  Low or no budgets, minimal time allocations and competing priorities leave Sustainability Team Members tired, disheartened and imped culture change.  Join this Workshop and gain powerful insights on how to drive a culture of sustainability throughout your organization. 

Understand how Worldviews Impact Employee Engagement

Employee engagement can be the key to the long term success of your sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. Broadly, it can also predict organizational success, financial performance and employee outcomes such as retention and attraction.   Research shows a "systems" approach to employee engagement for sustainability can be RefrigeratorRetiremenpowerfully successful. When we connect with the Whole "thinking, feeling, willing, social self" - employees throughout the organization respond in surprising ways.

"The program provided a great balance of important ideas and practical approaches to applying them. I valued the access to content from Thought Leaders in this space and the practical guidance from Kathryn Cooper and the Sustainability Learning Centre for applying them." 

Wendy Lomicka, Sustainability & Citizenship Leader, Nova Chem.

Learning Objectives



Learning Objectives & Modules

Module 1 – Understanding Employee Engagement for Sustainability

  •  Define and spot “authentic” employee engagement for sustainability.
  • Take away some numbers (productivity, recruitment, retention, etc) that prove the business case for engagement.
  • Understand the value of connecting with a "higher purpose" and how differing worldviews impact engagement.
  • Examine how "Green Habits" are formed in the brain and review the video.

Module 2 - Understanding the Different Worldviews of your Staff and their Impact on your Inspiring Engagement Plan

  • Learn why some people think you are trying to "shove being green" on them.
  • Examine some of the unexamined assumptions central to Western world thinking.
  • Identify different "thinking styles": Absolutism, Individualism, Humanism, Systemic and Holistic and how different calls to action can be effective for different styles.
  • Use a 13 point checklist for designing your program and review a roadmap plan.
  • Review the Webinar video: Five Committment for moving from Me to We.

Module 3  - A Systems Approach to Embedding Sustainability Engagement in Culture

  • Assess your engagement strategy using the System Model of Engagement for Sustainability
  • Use a diagnostic tool to embed sustainability in your organization's culture.
  • Use collaborative processes to move systems wide change in your organization.
  • Discuss your priorities for your Roadmap Plan.

A Diagnostic Tool to Understand Employee Engagement in your Company


Module 4 – Integrate Community Social Marketing Techniques in Your Implementation Plan

  • Examine the main principles of Community Social Marketing & why they work in sustainability engagement.
  • Examine and apply 8 CSM tools used in winning employee engagement campaigns for sustainability.
  • Develop and share an overview of your Roadmap Plan for next steps for your organizations Employee Engagement for Sustainability program..
Trainer and Subject Matter Expert

Kathryn A. Cooper, B.Sc., MBA, M.Ed. (Sustainability & Environment)
President, Sustainability Learning Centre

Kathryn is a sustainability educator bringing Green Core Competencies® to sustainability practitioners within business and government.  Her research on Whole Employee Engagement and Green Core Competencies® is helping to redefine sustainability's role in achieving competitive advantage in this new era of sustainability.

Kathryn has developed, instructed and created sustainability programs in numerous organizations include: Pinchin Environmental, Neighbourhood Group Restaurants, Wrigley Canada, Project Management Institute, Eco-Centres of Ontario, Ontario Food Industry Environmental Coalition, City of Toronto, Partners in Project Green, Sustainable Hamilton, Eco-Executives Toronto Zoo, and through the SEND (Sustainability Engagement Network Dialogue) she hosts with Wendy Firlotte.

Who Should Attend

This course will be of value to Sustainability Coordinators, Sustainability Team Leaders and Members, Sustainability Coaches and Champions, Municipal Sustainability and Communications leaders; Marketing and Corporate Communications Managers; business managers/owners and anyone planning to lead the development of a sustainability strategy within business, government or the not-for-profit sector. Bring your entire "sustainability team" to strengthen your implementation plan

Course Price: Early Registration Date

 $ 375 plus Applicable Taxes 

Students and Job Seekers 50% Discount

Course Price: Regular

$ 475 plus Applicable Taxes

Students and Job Seekers 50% Discount

Sustainability Learning Centre - Continuing Education Units (contact hours)

This program is part of SLC's Green Core Competency Certification. Completion of this course provides 6 units toward a Certificate of Sustainability Education.


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