Sustainable Development & Policies

Face-to-face duration: 2 days

Course Objectives

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During this two (2) day course, sustainable development is explained and explored. Modern definitions of sustainable development are considered and the main principles of sustainable development are explained. Participants will be provided with a history of the emergence and evolution of sustainable development whilst mainstream perceptions of sustainable development and sustainable development policies will be discussed. Additionally, participants will be exposed to key strategies to promote sustainable development within their organisation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to;

  1. Understand the history of sustainable development
  2. Understand the framework and need for sustainable development
  3. Identify key challenges and issues inherent in sustainable development
  4. Understand government policies and priorities
  5. Apply sustainability mindset to work and organizational priorities


  • Anyone who wishes to acquire a better understanding of sustainable development, current policies and methods of achieving sustainability in the workplace.


  • Understand what sustainability really means in the modern workplace
  • Understand the emergence of sustainability
  • Identify the core components of the Triple Bottom Line
  • Analyse the effects of the Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming
  • Identify the importance of thinking globally and forming global partnerships
  • Identify the principles of sustainability
  • Analyse a variety of challenges to sustainability and methods to avoid them
  • Understand the effects of waste, biodiversity and climate change
  • Consider renewable sources of energy and how they can benefit the organisation
  • Understand the methods of sustainable business practices
  • Understand the components of a sustainability policy


  • Definitions
  • The history of sustainability
  • The Triple Bottom Line
  • The Greenhouse Effect
  • Global Warming
  • Principles of sustainability
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • Ecological Footprint
  • Linear Production Lifecycle
  • The Biodiversity Web
  • Living Planet Index
  • Common forms of renewable energy
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Sustainable policy guidelines

Program Outline

Day One

  • What is sustainability
  • How does the Triple Bottom Line apply to me?
  • What is the Greenhouse Effect?
  • The impact of Global Warming
  • Global thinking and global partnerships
  • Principles of sustainability
  • Challenges to sustainability

Day Two

  • Considering waste
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable value
  • Sustainable policies

Delivery Format

  • Case studies and group exercises
  • Facilitator led discussions
  • Practical and experiential activities
  • Videos
  • Skills practice & role plays


"The Student Manual is a logical, carefully thought through and well presented document. The face-to-face facilitators are helpful, patient, knowledgeable and passionate. Thank you for the time and effort that blueVisions have put into preparing and supporting this course."

David Thorpe iiNet Australia

"Your personal contribution to our training has been invaluable. Your infectious high spirits and genuine want for our success have shone through. I sincerely thank you for your efforts over the past two years."

Stephen Davies Group Manager, Construction Services Group, NSW

"Your course made me realise how irrelevant what I was learning through my university course actually was to my job. Due to this, I will be seeking to complete the remainder of the modules in this diploma through blueVisions."

Damien Bleeker Project Coordinator, Liverpool City Council, NSW

"Thank you for a wonderful course....This has been by far the best development course I've ever been a part of."

David Darcy LSPSPO - Defence Materiel Organisation

"Having sat in at various times in both courses, as well as being present for the final summary and feedback sessions I was really impressed with the positive feedback and outcomes. The blueVisions trainers did an awesome job and really motivated and inspired both groups. The level of the course was spot on for each group."

Brian Clarke Leadership Development Coordinator, Gasco