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CO2Sense launches Sustainability Leadership Programme with The University of Sheffield

January 22nd, 2013 | 9:30 am

Business leaders can become masters of sustainability through a pioneering new course being launched by The University of Sheffield Management School and the low-carbon expert consultancy, CO2Sense. 

Starting in March 2013, The Sustainability Leadership Programme will be the first course of its kind to provide a strategic understanding of sustainability through six months of project-based learning, where delegates work on the real-life issues affecting their business. Designed exclusively for executive directors, the programme shows how they can embed sustainability across their entire organisation in order to achieve long-term success and profitability.

Delegates will also receive expert consultancy support from CO2Sense, who will visit their business and help them to apply knowledge gained from the course into practice. It is expected that participants will identify a minimum of £5k extra value within their company through the project and will reduce the need for external consultants.

The course has been designed to complement busy schedules with just one day each month dedicated to classroom-based learning. The six lectures will feature presentations from internationally recognised business leaders and academics. These sessions will explore the main issues around sustainability such as global supply chain issues, employee engagement and planning for severe weather events.

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) at The University of Sheffield Management School said: "Sustainability is key to any business looking to improve their efficiency and performance and to face the challenges of today's business environment. At Sheffield Management School we strive to develop and deploy innovative ways to advance the understanding of energy, environment and sustainability as we recognise that businesses need senior managers and leaders with these skills. This unique project-based learning course is specifically designed for senior managers.  The programme equips them in dealing with the environmental issues they are facing and helps them to become a sustainable and successful business."  

Dr Stephen Brown, director of partnerships and innovation at CO2Sense, says:

“No business can afford to ignore the sustainability agenda. Issues such as diminishing natural resources and energy supply are affecting how we all do business and pose a multitude of risks to long-term operations.  Consequently, we need to adopt  smarter and more innovative ways of working and business leaders are increasingly recognising the role of sustainability as a key driver new forms of value in their business success.

“Demand for senior business leaders who have the skills to navigate this new business environment is high. This course will provide a high-level understanding of sustainability, which in turn will put attendees ahead of their peers and by building in-house skills, companies will reduce the need for external consultants.

“Unlike most high-level courses in sustainability, our programme is project based and means that companies will feel the financial benefits of attending the course with almost immediate effect.”

For more information on the course and how to apply please click here

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