Building an Action Plan that will make a difference

Facilities, Level 2 Workshop, Schools

Building an Action Plan that will make a difference

by Apr 3, 2022Facilities, Level 2 Workshop, Schools

school workshop

In this level 3 workshop facility teams will be guided through the process of examining their current context, brainstorming possibilities for positive change and then making an action plan.

Designed for: School Facility Managers, Maintenance Managers and their teams
Delivery: Live with Convener. Online
Dates: Flexible. Arranged with school
Length: 1 school day and 2 hour follow up session (at later date)
Investment: US$2,450

About this workshop

Increasingly, businesses recognise the need to respond to global pressures such as climate change, resource scarcity, and social inequalities. The concept of ‘sustainability’ is no longer confined to NGOs and activists, it is now integral to ensuring that businesses can continue to operate on a planet with finite resources. The successful schools of the future will be those that proactively responded to the global challenges of today, taking advantage of innovations in mission driven thinking and operational systems to drive impactful change and gain a competitive edge.

In this workshop we will be introducing you and your team to the key areas of sustainability management, covering what sustainability is, why it is important from an economic, social and environmental angle, and how a schools can go about integrating it into their operations to help their organization achieve mission alignment and operational efficiency.

What this workshop covers

Over four sessions, you’ll be

Guided by leading experts, you’ll investigate the argument for sustainability, how to integrate sustainability across areas of operation, the role of innovative planning, and technology in facilitating a sustainable school, and how to effectively communicate sustainability strategies and goals to internal and external stakeholders. This will also be put into practice through the development of your personalised action plan for overcoming the barriers and seizing the opportunities to create meaningful change within your context.

What you’ll do and learn

Workshop introduction

You’ll be welcomed to the course, while exploring the navigation and tools of your Online Campus. Be alerted to key milestones in the learning path, and review how your results will be calculated and distributed.

You’ll be required to complete your student information data, confirm your certificate delivery address, and submit a digital copy of your passport/identity document.

Session 1:

The global state, what needs to change, and how to bridge the sustainability gap through rewiring the economy.

  • Identify the key systems pressures and trends that are affecting the economy and society
  • Discuss the impact of industrialisation and population growth on the widening gap between the rich and the poor
  • Identify the impact and dependencies of the private sector on natural and social capital
  • Identify the key scientific findings that highlight the need to act on climate change and the degradation of natural capital
  • Discuss how economic, social, and environmental challenges can only be met through rethinking the current growth model
  • Illustrate how government, business, and finance each individually, and in collaboration, have a role to play in delivering sustainable outcomes
  • Investigate the impact of current global economic, social, and environmental pressures on business in a global context
Session 2:

Why sustainability is good for schools and the importance of good leadership in achieving change.

  • Discuss the sustainability-related risks and opportunities that schools are currently facing and the commercial imperative for sustainability
  • Show how schools as businesses can create shared value through their operations and supply chain
  • Illustrate how sustainability initiatives act as a driver for innovation and competitive advantage
  • Debate the role of schools in promoting sustainable development
  • Contrast the different perspectives on sustainability leadership
  • Debate why there is a perceived shortfall in leaders to champion sustainability within educational organisations
  • Argue the business case for sustainability for your own organisation
Session 3:

Understanding your current context and the measurement tools required to build data based models, generating picture of current organizational position.

  • Explore the data required to build a clear picture of your organization’s current profile
  • Collect actual and historical data and understand the limitations of both this data and the data collection process
  • Use tools to build a detailed understanding of the major areas of organisational focus
  • Understand the limitations of the modelling tools
  • Debate the benefits of building a communicable big picture story to inform organizational change
Session 4:

Faciliting change through operational, behavioural and policy levers.

  • Identify the range of potential levers of change that could be applied to achieve sustainability goals
  • Recognise the range of different approaches to sustainable operations that schools can influence
  • Discuss how schools can challenge current operational practices
  • Identify the degree to which schools have a responsibility to educate and influence stakeholders on sustainable consumption to shape future consumption patterns
  • Justify the importance of integrating sustainability across an organisation’s value chain to ensure long-term value creation
Summing up:

The role of investment, design, planning, and technology in facilitating sustainable schools.

  • Identify how optimisation approaches can contribute to a more sustainable business
  • Identify the case for incorporating innovation into business strategy to create new sustainable business models
  • Demonstrate the importance of impact and dependency measurement to track the success of sustainability initiatives
  • Illustrate the importance of careful planning in the pursuit of financial, environmental, and social outcomes during design of new operational approaches
  • Assess the potential of investment, design, planning, and technology to enable sustainable operational managemnt in schools
Going forward:

How to effectively communicate sustainability strategies and goals to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Recall the importance of careful planning in the pursuit of financial, environmental, and social outcomes during design of new products and services
  • Recognise the key principles that underpin effective sustainability-related communication in business
  • Identify how companies can influence progressive policy and practice by demonstrating a commitment to action
  • Investigate the case for organisations to invest in educational programmes to achieve their sustainability objectives
  • Discuss the benefits of and challenges to effectively communicating a common narrative across a company and to its stakeholders to achieve its sustainability goals
  • Identify the role of branding in achieving customer buy-in for sustainable products and services
  • Identify the impact and implications of a company’s sustainability-related actions on its commercial reputation
  • Defend the use of sustainability as an aspect of marketing to enhance a company’s brand and reputation

Who you will learn with

This subject matter expert from the CNSF Institute for Sustainability Leadership guides the course design and appears in a number of course videos, along with a variety of experts in the the associated fields.

Neil is the Executive Director at the Carbon Neutral School Foundation and is one of the world’s leading experts on efficiently decarbonization school operations.

He has extensive knowledge and experience in working with schools across the globe on sustainability opportunities and challenges, helping them to understand the power of putting a 21st century approach to seeing mission, vision, operational efficiency and sustainability at the heart educational their establishment.

Neil Tomalin

Executive Director, Carbon Neutral School Foundation

This course is for you if you want to?

Drive positive change

Enhance your leadership skills and learn new tools to effectively argue the business case for sustainability.

Improve your school

Build a practical action plan for overcoming barriers and seizing the opportunities to embed sustainability in your school.

Build you team

Enhance your leadership skills and learn new tools to effectively argue the business case for sustainability.

Validate your learning

Get proof of your competencies by earning a certificate of completion from the CNSF Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

How you’ll learn

Every course is broken down into manageable, weekly modules, designed to accelerate your learning process through diverse learning activities:

  • Work through your downloadable and online instructional material
  • Interact with your learning facilitator through weekly discussions
  • Enjoy a wide range of interactive content, including video lectures, infographics, polls, and more
  • Apply what you learn each week to quizzes and ongoing project submissions, culminating in a personalised sustainability action plan for your organisation

About the certificate of participation

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll earn a certificate of participation from a world-leading sustainability institution, the CNSF Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.

Technical Requirements

Basic requirements

In order to complete this course, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF Reader. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word or Excel.

Browser requirements

We recommend that you use Google Chrome as your internet browser when accessing the Online Campus. Although this is not a requirement, we have found that this browser performs best for ease of access to course material. This browser can be downloaded here.

Additional requirements

Certain courses may require additional software and resources. These additional software and resource requirements will be communicated to you upon registration and/or at the beginning of the course. Please note that Google, Vimeo, and YouTube may be used in our course delivery, and if these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficulty in accessing course content. Please check with an Enrolment Advisor before registering for this course if you have any concerns about this affecting your experience with the Online Campus.

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