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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BPEM 1200 - Introduction to Sustainability

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly RNEW 1020)

BPEM 1200 presents an overview of the meaning, application, and impact of sustainability practices on “The Triple Bottom Line” – economy, society, and environment.  Using a business-centered approach, the focus is to investigate how applying sustainable practices can support long term profitability while protecting the environment and supporting societal benefits.  The application of sustainability principles at global and personal levels is also addressed.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to define the value of sustainability relative to the economy, the environment, and society.


  1. Define and describe sustainability and sustainable development.
  2. Define and describe the concept of The Triple Bottom Line (TBL) as applied to business, government, and personal situations.
  3. Define and describe the economic, environmental, and social impacts of sustainability.
  4. Utilize data to apply sustainability strategies


Outcome 2:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the processes and practices necessary to incorporate sustainability into business practices.


  1. Identify, define, and apply how the leadership role of management is necessary to successfully incorporate sustainability into the fabric and culture of the company.
  2. Define and discuss the importance of commitment, information flow, and employee engagement in supporting change.
  3. Define and discuss risk management as applied to economic, environmental, and social needs related to company activities.
  4. Discuss and apply pollution prevention and waste reduction practices.
  5. Define and discuss new and emerging technology and designing for the circular economy.
  6. Research, evaluate, and apply sustainability practices of large and small enterprises (business, governmental unit, or organization).


Outcome 3:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to prove the success of a sustainability program in a business or other enterprise.


  1. Utilize metrics and measurement to identify areas for improvement and to communicate progress both within the company and to outside stakeholders.
  2. Verify the sustainability status of a business or other enterprise by reviewing established sustainability reporting processes.
  3. Describe and apply the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and certification programs such as ISO, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and B Corp.


Outcome 4:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to discuss energy policy developments and methods used for energy management. 


  1. Research energy policy and its effects on sustainability globally and locally.
  2. Review and apply methods for improving energy efficiency.


Outcome 5:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the role of sustainability in international affairs and policies.


  1. Define and discuss the effects of international organizations, cultures, governments, regulations, economics, and educational status on sustainability.
  2. Research and describe the benefits and challenges associated with population and urbanization, natural resources, international law and financing, and health and cultural policies

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. The Concept of Sustainability
  2. The Ecology of Commerce
  3. Exploring the Ecology of Commerce
  4. Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulations
  5. Pollution Prevention
  6. Defining Business and Organizational Sustainability
  7. Quantifying Sustainability
  8. Managing Change
  9. Collaboration, Stakeholders, NGOs
  10. Technology and Innovation
  11. Worldwide Sustainability - Policy
  12. Worldwide Sustainability - Education
  13. Worldwide Sustainability - Urbanization
  14. Worldwide Sustainability - Natural Resources
  15. Corporate Social Responsibility and Globalization
  16. Final Exam

Primary Faculty
Richter, Lisa
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Pawlowski, Timothy
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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