CEUs: Sustainability 

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Global Warming and Carbon Footprint Reduction (also available for GBCI Credit)

This course examines the impact of climate change on human and environmental health, and demonstrates how sustainable practices can be leveraged to mitigate global warming. Attendees will learn the scopes and boundaries for defining a carbon footprint. Business efforts to mitigate climate change will be discussed, such as onsite reductions in energy use and offsite investments in renewable energy. The difference between RECs and carbon offsets is demonstrated, as well as the criteria for validating carbon offset projects. Different types of offset projects will be discussed.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Materials Choices-Part 1 (also available for GBCI Credit)

Some things that we take for granted as “good” – or things that we think have made our lives easier…haven’t. When we come to a deeper understanding of a particular material that is in a product or a particular process that is used to create a new product, we begin to realize the impact of the choices we make each day. It’s why we are here today – to explore how the material choices we make – as consumers, architects, designers, facilities managers, project managers…each day – can have either a positive or negative impact on human health, and the health of the planet.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Materials Choices-Part 2 (also available for GBCI credit)

This one hour course explores 4 different materials that we come in contact with each day as consumers and professionals: BisphenolA (BPA); Formaldehyde; Biocides; Adhesives. We’ll follow a pattern in this course for each material: what is it? How is it used? How are we exposed? What are the human and environmental health concerns? What are alternatives? How can you help? 

Navigating Certifications - The Basics (also available for GBCI credit)

This one-hour course will take a look at the basics of certification development. The course explores the players, such as authors, standards and guidelines, and certifying bodies; and factors, such as scope of certification and market applicability. This course will explore how the characteristics of a certification can help decision makers and influencers determine the right certification to choose. 

Waste Management Strategies Part 1: Recycling (also available for GBCI credit)

This course is designed to review recycling in context of other waste management strategies. The course will review why informed decision-making around recycled content and recyclability could impact how manufacturers design their products. We’ll review definitions associated with recycling and the trade-offs that may be associated with various choices. We’ll also review the means and methods of recycling; explore how recycling fits into the cradle to cradle philosophy; and discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides for green marketing claims.