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Sustainability Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Integration (ON-Line)

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Course Code SC 172
Duration 1.5 hours for each of 4 sessions | Group Discounts Available: 2- $800, 3 - $1125, 4 - $1400, 5 - $1750, 6 - $ 2100.
Start and End Time March 4 & 18, April 1 & 15, 2014  1:00-2:30 pm EST
Location ON - Line Course - recorded so you never miss a session.
Course Description

Implementing Sustainability using the Sustainability Toolkit

SustainabilitytoolkitcoverThis online course will answer the question many have asked when tasked with implementing sustainability – “Where do we begin?” and “Now what?”.  Participants will have the opportunity to put the Sustainability Toolkit’s Action Plan and Assessment Tool to use, following the 13 step, plan-do-check-act approach for sustainability implementation and continual improvement.  Participants will choose a sustainability metric or goal specific to their organization and will work through the individual steps and phases of the Action Plan and Assessment Tool over the course of the 4 sessions.  Sessions will be hosted by the Toolkit developers at Tavares Group Consulting Inc. and Kuzuka Ltd. Between sessions participants will have the opportunity to post questions on the Toolkit’s blog, which will be answered by the session hosts.

Session 1

• introduction to the Toolkit, including its core influences and main components
• Understand the sustainability principles and criteria outlined in ISO 26000.
• Understand the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach for continual improvement.
• Examine the 13 steps to sustainability implementation.
• Review the Action Plan and Assessment Tool that provides the framework to properly manage and document sustainability efforts.
• Review the first five steps of sustainability implementation in the “Plan” phase.
• Participants will select a sustainability metric or goal specific to their organization and will then complete the Action Plan and Assessment Tool for the “Plan” phase prior to the next session.

Session 2

• Review of participants results and questions on using the Action Plan and Assessment Tool for the ‘Plan’ phase specific to their own organization
• Discuss the importance of developing a process for implementation rather than implementing projects on an ad-hoc basis
• Review the next steps of implementation in the “Do” phase. Participants will continue with their chosen sustainability metric or goal specific to their organization to complete the Action Plan and Assessment Tool for the “Do” stage prior to the next session.

Session 3

• Review of participants results and questions on using the Action Plan and Assessment Tool for the ‘Do’ phase specific to their own organization

• Review the next steps of implementation in the “Check” phase. Participants will continue with their chosen sustainability metric or goal specific to their organization to complete the Action Plan and Assessment Tool for the “Check” phase prior to the next session. The focus will be on monitoring and auditing of their planning and implementation sections.

Session 4

• Review of participants results and questions on using the Action Plan and Assessment Tool for the ‘Check’ phase specific to their own organization

• Discuss and review the next steps of implementation in the “Act” phase.
• Review the model of continual development, and how the Action Plan and Assessment Tool will aid in answering the question “Now What?” after a sustainability metric or goal has been successfully implemented.
• Understand how to demonstrate sustainability leadership by pushing requirements out to the supply chain.
• Discuss next steps in using this simple Toolkit for sustainability implementation.

More about the Toolkit:

The Sustainability Toolkit – A Practical Guide To Integration was developed to address a critical gap in the evolving field of sustainability and corporate social responsibility - guidance on how to actually implement sustainability in an organization. The Toolkit has been designed to fill this sustainability implementation gap by combining the principles and core considerations of ISO 26000 with the framework defined by leading management system standards such as ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Given its management system foundation, the Toolkit provides a practical approach to sustainability implementation that is applicable to organizations of all sizes across various industry sectors.

Trainer and Subject Matter Expert

Authors of the Toolkit & Subject Matter Experts

Sandra Tavares, Principal, Tavares Group

Sandra Tavares is the Principal of Tavares Group Consulting Inc. Since 1995, Sandra’s experience has DSC_0015ranged from local Environment and Health & Safety (EHS) management with small firms to global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) management with large multinationals. Sandra, a certified Environmental Management System Lead Auditor and Greenhouse Gas Verifier, has conducted EHS management and compliance audits throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

Sandra is an active member of the Canadian Advisory Committees on Environmental Management and Social Responsibility; these committees provide Canadian feedback to the ISO Technical Committees who develop the ISO 14001 and ISO 26000 standards, respectively.

Sandra is a Director of the Board for the Small Business Centre in London, Ontario; formerly a member of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s (CCME) Pollution Prevention Awards Advisory Board and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Environmental Quality Committee and former Director of the Board for the Environmental Management Resource Centre for Business.

Sandra earned her M.Sc. (Plant Science/Environmental Science) from the University of Western Ontario, where she returned to lecture at the Masters of Environment & Sustainability program. She is fluent in English and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian.

 

Stephen Boles, President, Kuzuka

Stephen Bolesis the president and founder of Kuzuka Ltd., a sustainability services consulting firmsteve_boles with two locations in Ontario Canada. Stephenhas been active in the sustainable management community as a scientist and consultant for over 14 years. Stephen received his Master of Science degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1998 and spent the next eight years working as a scientist at one of the world’s leading climate change research centers at the University of New Hampshire. 

As a consultant, Stephen has led sustainability projects for dozens of clients across various industry sectors, including several Fortune 500 multinationals. Stephen’s areas of expertise include GHG inventory planning and implementation, sustainability data verification, life cycle assessments, risk and opportunity assessments, and corporate sustainability planning.

Financial support for the Toolkit's development provided by:

IRAP

Who Should Attend

This course will be of value to Sustainability Directors, Managers, 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

Learning Investment

$ 350 Early Registration Rate (register before Feb. 11, 2014)

$ 450 Regular Registration Rate

Special Team Rate: Team of 2 for $600 (Early Registration) or $ 800 (Regular), Team of 3 for $825 (Early Registration) or $ 1125 (Regular)

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.

 

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