Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Course - Business and Sustainable Development at the Arctic Circle (Rovala Community College, Rovala Opisto)

Two sustainability short courses will take place starting at the end of August and ending at the end of September. What makes these courses extraordinary is the fact that they are being held in Finland at the Arctic Circle where the impacts of climate change are already pronounced. 

Rovala Community College (Rovala Opisto) in cooperation with Arctic Values is offering two relevant courses related to sustainability issues of corporate actors in the North. The venue of the 3-day-courses is in Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland.  In Finnish Lapland the impacts of climate change can be perceived in every-day life.
In autumn it rains rather than snows and numerous species are on the decline as they struggle to adapt to a rapidly warming climate. Corporate actions to enforce sustainable development are crucial.

Course #1: Business Development – Entrepreneurs & Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME´s) August 27, 2018 – August 29, 2018 (22 lessons/a 45min)

Management and business development skills are essential assets in today’s economic reality and many of those who strive to develop a business, do not know where to start. The 3-day course “Business Development – Entrepreneurs & Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME´s)” provides approaches how to start a business and what needs to be done in business planning and business financing to prevail in the long-run. In the framework of the course we learn how to analyze opportunities and risks of a business concept. We open up the topical framework of business planning and business administration and link case studies to relevant themes, such as, marketing, project management and sustainable development. The participants will widen their skill-set to establish a business and will understand how to create competitive edge and survival on the markets. Individuals, who seek knowledge of economics and business management, could use this course to bridge their background with meaningful business development methods.

Course #2: Business and Sustainable Development
September 26, 2018 – September 28, 2018 (22 lessons/a 45min)

The “Business and Sustainable Development” course aims to provide a conceptual framework to get insights in the most relevant issues with respect to ecological and social challenges of business actors in the Northern latitudes of the globe. Mining, oil & gas extraction, forestry, tourism and traditional livelihoods just like fishery are in focus as they carry strong relevance in terms of ecological footprints and the well-being of Arctic societies. Participants will learn the major sustainability challenges of the Arctic and global economy. The 3-day course outlines pathways how to manage sustainability inside a company and what tools can be used to implement environmental management, social responsibility and corporate governance frameworks. Participants will gain a better understanding how to execute business responsibilities and what a sustainability strategy requires. The course is amongst others of interest for people who seek career paths as sustainability coordinator or environmental manager, but also to everybody, who is just interested in the Northern and global economic, ecological and social challenges of our time.

Participants will learn:
  • How to establish a business as entrepreneur or company
  • How to tackle proactively the challenges of the markets
  • How to integrate sustainable development into corporate activities. 
These courses will also use case studies from northern latitudes to give practical insights and to achieve the learning objectives. All participants will be awarded with a certificate upon completion of the course.

Click here for more information at the Rovala Community College website
Click here to go to the Arctic Values website

Stay tuned for more green school information and resources this year. From now until the end of October, the Green Market Oracle will feature posts as part of the 2018 edition of the Green School Series which includes links to almost 400 articles covering everything you need to know about sustainable academics, student eco-initiatives, green school buildings, and college rankings as well as a wide range of related information and resources.

Warming Temperatures are an Urgent Warning
Review of Arctic Warming and Melting Ice (Videos)
Rising CO2 Emissions and Ongoing Heat Records Especially in the Arctic 
Arctic Sea Ice is Disappearing
Arctic Warming Feedback Loops: Algae Blooms and Thawing Permafrost

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