Business Sustainability Standards – bus372 (3 credits)

This course provides a regulatory and compliance overview the local, state, and federal business sustainability standards. Special emphasis is placed on ISO requirements, LEED certification, and emerging sustainability standards for business. Students will also address compliance as a competitive advantage and the ethical responsibility of businesses to employees, the community, and the environment.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Sources of Law and Organizational Impact

  • Describe the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on industry and organizations.
  • Explain the implications of the United States v. Hayes International Corporation case for business practices.
  • Identify the various sources of environmental law in the United States.

Environmental Law and the Impact of Waste and Energy Management on Industry

  • Compare and contrast removal versus remedial business actions in waste management.
  • Determine how an organization could be named as a “potentially responsible party” (PRP) with regard to hazardous waste.
  • Analyze the impact of policy on organizations and the impact of alternative or renewable energy.

Current Trends and Introduction to ISO 14000 and LEED

  • Describe the drivers of organizational and environmental responsibility.
  • Explain the ISO 14001 approach to Environmental Management Systems (EMS).
  • Differentiate LEED® Certification from ISO Certification.

Sustainability Leadership and Competitive Advantage

  • Analyze environmental value creation and its impact on competitive advantage.
  • Explain how the balanced environmental scorecard is used in evaluating business performance.
  • Describe the stakeholders’ role in environmental value creation.

ISO 14001 Requirements

  • Describe ISO 14001 requirements in regard to environmental, legal, and operational policies.
  • Analyze the application of ISO 14001 requirements to business practices.

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