Sustainability Overview

Welcome to Everblue - the largest provider of sustainability courses and green jobs training! Our programs offer the knowledge, tools, and techniques needed to thrive in a "green-collar" economy. We'll help you meet the increasing demand for environmentally responsible solutions and lead the way in creating a more sustainable world.

Getting Started in the Sustainability Industry

The following pages will provide a high-level introduction to the history, concepts, and organizations that are part of the sustainability industry. As you continue through this series, you will learn about the factors driving sustainability in the workplace as well as the process by which you can earn the industry's first official certification.

Page 1: Sustainability Overview (this page)

Page 2: What is Sustainability?

Page 3: Benefits of Sustainability

Page 4: Who's Who in Sustainability

Page 5: ISSP Sustainability Certification

Page 6: ISSP Certification FAQs

Global Factors Driving Sustainability

According to the most recent United Nations summit, the top 7 global issues that are driving concern about climate and the environment are (in no particular order):

  • Oceans - the seas help regulate our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, much of our food, and even the air we breathe
  • Energy - sustainable energy is needed for strengthening our economies, protecting our ecosystems, and achieving equality
  • Jobs - economic action and social policies are critical for stability. "Green jobs" contribute to preserving or restoring the quality of the environment
  • Water - water scarcity, poor water quality, and inadequate sanitation creates big challenges for the poor
  • Disasters - earthquakes, floods, droughts, hurricanes, and tsunamis can impact people, environments, and economies
  • Cities - challenges maintaining cities that create jobs and prosperity while not straining the land and resources. Common city challenges include congestion, lack of funds for basic services, shortage of adequate housing, and declining infrastructure
  • Food - soils, freshwater, oceans, forests, and biodiversity are being degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on resources.

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Sustainability is Everybody's Responsibility

The challenge with corporate sustainability is creating a fundamental shift in every industry, every company, and with every employee. Successful sustainability requires getting everyone to realize that Sustainability is my Responsibility. It is much more than just good ideas and pilot projects from an organization’s Sustainability Manager.

Success means that every employee can contribute their ideas toward maximizing resource efficiency, eliminating waste, and ultimately a zeroing out of an organization's environmental impact. In short, sustainability is synonymous with good business. This guide is intended to provide you with the tools you need to make sustainability a cornerstone of how your business operates.

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