Aquinas launches new sustainability program


    Aquinas College is launching the first session of classes in January for a new Certificate in Sustainable Business.

    Professor Deborah Steketee, who leads the Aquinas College Center for Sustainability, said the interest in the program was clear as local industries embrace the concept.

    “We really were beginning to see a need in West Michigan, in particular, for this kind of training, as a result of some of the industry practices that were occurring in the auto industry, the furniture industry and, in fact, alternative energy,” Steketee said.

    The first of the sessions that comprise the program is scheduled for Jan. 13.

    Requirements to obtain a certificate include two core sessions plus a choice of four electives from the remaining seven sessions. The cost is $2,500. Individual sessions are available at a prorated cost.

    The two core sessions are Foundations in Sustainable Business and Champions for Change: Building the Case for Sustainable Business.

    Elective topics are: Sustainable Energy Systems and Policy; Managing the Value Chain for Sustainability; Corporate Social Responsibility; Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Assessment; Sustainability Metrics and Reporting; Sustainable Business Innovation; and Climate Change Management: Strategies and Tools.

    The sessions will be taught by Steketee and other Aquinas professors, as well as adjunct faculty who are active in their fields.

    Steketee also said that Aquinas is in “advanced planning” for offering a master’s degree in sustainable business.

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