Provide a convenient online consultation solution to align instructional approaches with industry workforce needs in key sustainability spaces.
Businesses everywhere face the challenge of integrating sustainability practices into their operations. To address this challenge and at the same time find new revenue streams, they require human capital with the right skill sets to take them into the regenerative economy.
Working together with the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Subcommittee on Blended and Online Learning, we constructed a social learning portal to bring together AESS member faculty and GreenLeaders DC consultants for in-depth online discussions on aligning sustainability education, teaching, and practice in business, finance, and entrepreneurship.
We conducted six online workshops where participants received in-depth answers to questions in an informal, collegial context. All workshops were broadcast publicly. The workshop recordings continue to serve as an exclusive educational resource available to an unlimited number of outside viewers. Plus, the workshop portal is available for future use as more workshops are developed.
We reached over 300 universities and gained maximum attendance for each workshop. AESS members interacted directly with practitioners and learned first-hand the sustainability challenges facing businesses, and how instruction plays a role in meeting those challenges. Participants identified strategies and practices to better align teaching and practice, leading to better jobs for graduates, enhanced sustainability performance for business, and better economic prospects for the sustainability space.
GreenLeaders DC has provided an outlet for me to share in the discussion on breaking topics of the environment, business ventures and sustainable solutions. I have shared active interchanges with leaders from industry, academia and government in identifying current strategies to meet ever expanding challenges to growth and sustainability. I’m involved with environmental and energy education, I’m always looking for ways to improve our future workforce with STEM education through a proactive, prepared mindset to yield “win-win” outcomes for both our business and our environment. I look forward to learning fascinating new approaches, such as the use of best available technologies, such as the use of Smart devices to guide business efficiency and reduce peak demand and associated costs.
Loren Hurst is a firm believer in personal education as an empowerment tool, and in the nexus of sustainability, education, and online communications technology as a fertile context for enormous innovation. The desire to spread this message drives him to understand, explore, and encourage educational and technological development for the good of individuals, society, and the planet.