15 Jun

The recycling program at Cleveland State University is getting an upgrade, thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.

With the new funding, 24 new recycling receptacles for batteries and cellphones will be installed across campus. A portion of the grant also will be used to obtain additional recycling bins for bottles, cans and paper.

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15 Jun

Course Description

It’s a smart business practice and the right thing to do. Find out how to implement sustainability solutions for your workplace. Gain practical information for yourself and your employees to begin on Monday morning. Brand your organization in the world of environmental stewardship. Your instructors will detail and deliver practical approaches and applications toward implementing sustainability with guidance in planning procedures.

Take back practical tips on operating your indoor environments to consider air, water, lighting, fitness, nutrition, mind and comfort. For anyone pursuing a career in a company or in government where there is an effort to build awareness and to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of environmental stewardship and overall social responsibility.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Engage staff and co-workers to concentrate on efficient environmental practices and to develop internal planning and policy procedures.
  • Gain the ability to implement sustainable business procedures and policies with practical applications.
  • Measure and monitor the effectiveness of company office sustainability procedures.
  • Identify the benefits of implementing healthier building renovations, establish energy saving policies, develop greener purchasing, water and waste procedures and initiate green fleet initiatives.
  • Apply practical approaches and resource conservation measures that affect corporate culture.

Course Content

The Business Case for Sustainability

  • Concepts of Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, and Profit.
  • The Return on Investment ( ROI )
  • Human Capital Indicators and Employee Engagement
  • Transparency for Stakeholders -Reducing Energy Use Saves on the Bottom Line

An Internal Sustainability Plan

  • Initial Assessment of Current Business Model
  • An Office Task Force is Essential
  • Designing a Mission Statement
  • Basics on Environmental Accounting and Reporting
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Wellness in the Workplace

  • New Value Proposition for Well Offices
  • Wellness Concepts: Air, water, light, fitness, nutrition, comfort and mind
  • Risk vs Reward of Wellness Features
  • Sick Building Syndrome

Inner Company Initiatives That Work

  • Office Procedural Strategies
  • A Strategy for Resource Management
  • Assessing Current Supply Chain and Purchasing Procedures
  • Tools to Track Sustainable Products and Verify Healthy Purchasing
  • Suggestions For Greening Your Office


CEUs: 1.6

Fee: $195

To register visit 

12 Jun

Cleveland State University has joined thousands of U.S. businesses, investors, states, cities, and universities to send a bold statement to the international community: #WeAreStillIn the fight against climate change and will work to fulfill America’s Paris Agreement pledge.

“It is imperative that the world know that in the U.S., the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors and businesses,” the group said in an open letter. “Together, we will remain actively engaged with the international community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2℃ and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health.”

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18 May

As more Americans become aware of their ecological footprint, businesses, nonprofits, and universities are taking action, resulting in a growth of green job and degree opportunities. In fact, according to the latest data provided by Ecotech Institute, there were approximately 489,542 green jobs created in August 2015 - a 57% increase from the prior year! There has never been a better time for students to pursue a career in sustainability!

That’s why we want to share our Careers in Sustainability guide!

Our guide provides an overview of common green career paths and breaks down employment opportunities by state. We also provide an exclusive interview with Meredith Brown, a sustainability professional.

Guide developed by


26 Jun


When : May 22 - June 25 and June 26 - July 30

Cost : $350 (+ $300 if applying for graduate credit through Aurora University in Illinois)

Register : Registration opens April 17

Contact : Michelle Zurawski at

This online event is designed for higher education instructors wishing to infuse issues of sustainability (ecological stability, social equity, and economic vitality) into their curriculum regardless of the discipline.

Sustainability issues cross all disciplines and the intent of this course is to identify those areas of intersection. Effective assessment of critical thinking skills, collaboration, creativity, and the ability to analyze, discuss and create solutions to real-world sustainability problems will be explored.

Three graduate credits available through Aurora University. Students must have earned a bachelor’s degree to receive graduate credits. There is an additional fee of $300 for graduate credit, payable to Aurora University. Before class begins, Moraine Valley will contact enrolled students about completing required form and payment. (3 graduate credit hours).

This workshop is being hosted by Moraine Valley Community College as one of 13 Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum, a program supported by the Association for the Advancement of Higher Education (AASHE). Find out more about these Centers and AASHE.