The basic idea of the building block is bringing the term “sustainability management” to life. By experimenting with instruments and strategies in one’s own sphere of influence, sustainability management becomes applicable in everyday life. Students will become aware of the possibilities and scope of this approach to management.
At the beginning of the course several questions are asked: What do the students associate with sustainability? Which management methods do they know? How do they manage their daily or weekly agendas? (Brainstorm using board or flipchart). Following the brainstorming, a PowerPoint presentation is given on the instruments and strategies of sustainability management such as life cycle analysis, process management, and reporting. As preparation for the second unit, the students test their ecological footprint.
In the second unit the participants rate the sustainability of their current lifestyle based on a scale of 1-10. As a second step, they formulate their vision of a sustainable lifestyle in small groups. As a third step, students work out individual management strategies. The final round includes reflection on the results and a short knowledge check. This can also be completed at the end of the entire course.
The course includes:
- Information for the course teacher or presenter
- Suggestion for course agenda
- Teach materials (PowerPoint presentation, handout, educational game)
- Suggestions for possible interactive activities, in which students can collaborate
- Knowledge check
Students learn to estimate and change the sustainability of their actions. They recognize that sustainability management is more than a flowery political phrase and an increasingly needed business tool.