• Unit 1: Definitions and Concepts

    What are innovation and sustainability, and how can they be effectively integrated? Innovation and sustainability are terms which have been used with increasing frequency in the last several decades and have become associated with multiple meanings. Innovation often implies something new or changed in products, services, ideas, or fields. Sustainability implies the opposite-- an entity or phenomenon that continues on an on-going basis. Recent combinations of the two concepts, however, have come to mean how organizations do, can, and should transform themselves to advance socio-economic and environmental quality improvement, with the goal of promoting wellbeing.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 12 hours.

    • 1.1: Innovation and Sustainability Defined

      • 1.1.1 Innovation

      • 1.1.2 Sustainability

    • 1.2: Innovation and Sustainability Integrated

      • 1.2.1: Ecosystem Services and Biomimicry

      • 1.2.2: Life Cycle Analysis and Design

    • 1.3: Organizational Vision and Values for Sustainability

      • 1.3.1: Eco-Social Values and Worldviews

      • 1.3.2: Stakeholder Management

      • 1.3.3: Ethics Related to Innovation and Sustainability

    • Study Sessions

      These study sessions are an excellent way to review what you've learned so far and are presented by the professor who created the course. Watch these as you work through the unit and prepare to take the final exam.

    • Unit 1 Assessment

      • Receive a grade