Course

Sustainable Development – Measuring Progress

This course looks beyond the traditional indicators of progress to consider indicators that take into account the environmental and social aspects of progress. These indicators will be studied across a range of disciplines and will help provide the basis for identifying strengths, weaknesses and long terms implications of current decisions and behaviors.

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109 Lessons

This course looks beyond the traditional indicators of progress to consider indicators that take into account the environmental and social aspects of progress. These indicators will be studied across a range of disciplines and will help provide the basis for identifying strengths, weaknesses and long terms implications of current decisions and behaviors.

Course Description

What must we measure to assess progress? The traditional measure for assessing economic development has been Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but a broader set of indicators that take into account the environmental and social aspects of progress are increasingly being relied upon to understand development. Appropriate indicators establish baseline conditions and trends which help provide a basis for identifying strengths and weaknesses to evaluate the longer-term implications of current decisions and behaviors. They can also be used to illustrate to policy makers and the wider public the linkages and trade offs between economic, environmental, and social values; and can help Government’s understand where adjustments are needed. This course provides an overview of the different indicators across a range of disciplines and explores the local, national, and multi-lateral frameworks currently in place and in development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Design a comprehensive performance measurement system for your organization / community including sustainability indicators.
  • Assess your organization and/or community using a range of sustainability indicators.
  • Evaluate the design and implementation of an existing set of sustainability indicators in your context.

Your Instructor

Azadeh Ardakani is a systems focused sustainability professional with over ten years of global project management experience. Azadeh started her sustainability career in 2008 as a campaign manager for a Climate Change awareness campaign, which launched in Times Square, New York. Most recently, she was a senior corporate campaigner for a global forest conservation NGO. She has her Masters of Science in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nottingham University Business School. Azadeh was an expert contributor to a chapter within The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise book and has self published an arts and photography book featuring the responsible challenges of the 21st century.

Module One: Introduction to Measuring Progress Towards Sustainable Development

Module Two: History & Evolutionary Timeline

Module Three: Frameworks & Indicators

Module Four: Sustainability Principles

Module Five: Societal Dimensions

Module Six: Ecological Dimensions

Module Seven: Environmental Sustainability Indicators

Module Eight: City & Community Indicators

Module Nine: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Module Ten: Role of Private Sector and Cross Sector Partnerships

Module Eleven: Regional Approaches to Implementation

Module Twelve: National Frameworks and Public Policy Considerations

Module Thirteen: Measurement Indicators Trends and Future Directions