Furman offering course on sustainability in business

Image courtesy of shutterstock.cocm

Image courtesy of shutterstock.com

Furman University is offering a program in the spring of 2015 that will help executives manage the challenges of a socially conscious business environment.

The intensive, five-session course is offered by Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development in cooperation with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability.  It will lead to a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability.

“Corporate sustainability is being embraced across the country as companies become increasingly focused on implementing sustainable business strategies,” said Dr. Brad Bechtold, executive director of Continuing Education at Furman.  “This program will provide the tools, techniques and strategic thinking that businesses need to build a coherent sustainability strategy.”

Bechtold said the course is aimed at business people who are in charge of defining and implementing sustainability initiatives for their organizations.  In addition to offering a broad overview of sustainability, the program will identify the sustainable business strategies that offer the most effective return on investment and demonstrate how sustainability can become an ongoing strategic business practice.

The program begins February 5, 2015 and ends June 5, 2015. Each of the five sessions includes a Thursday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and Friday (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) seminar at the Herring Center for Continuing Education. A total of 70 contact hours and 7.0 Continuing Education Units will be awarded upon completion.

The program will be taught by John Meindl, senior associate with the Center for Corporate and Professional Development; Dr. Wade Worthen, professor of biology at Furman; Dr. Brad Bechtold, executive director of Continuing Education; and Michael Johnson, CEO of Cox Industries, along with other expert speakers.

Cost for the program is $3,995 per person, and registration is available online.

For more information, contact Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development at 864-294- 3136 or visit the Furman website at www.furman.edu/cpd.