Introduction to Sustainable Development

Introduction to Sustainable Development
This eLearning programme has been developed to enable you to understand sustainability issues and appreciate our duty to ‘meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

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The course will enable you to achieve an in-depth understanding of how to make critical appraisals of the environmental impact of engineering projects.

The course is designed to support your continued professional development. It introduces the key concepts of sustainability and the tenets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, exploring how these can be applied during the design, construction and maintenance of projects.

This eLearning course is part of the ICE Mini-MBA in Infrastructure bundle.

This eLearning course covers the following:

  • Sustainability: origins, drivers, concepts, definitions
  • Recent developments at national and international levels
  • Role of civil engineering in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)
  • Infrastructure resilience
  • Triple bottom line reporting - economic, social, environmental
  • Carbon accounting
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Environmental risk and the precautionary principle
  • Life cycle environmental assessment and design principles
  • Waste management plans
  • Understanding the “hidden costs” of ethical decisions
  • Evaluation of issues confronting practicing professionals


The eLearning license is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase.

At the end of the module you will:

  • Understand the history of sustainability
  • Understand the role of civil engineering in meeting the UN SDGs
  • Understand triple bottom line reporting
  • Understand carbon accounting
  • Understand environmental risk
  • Understand and evaluate the risks and issues of ethical decisions

This course is designed for:

  • Graduate Engineers
  • Engineers progressing into Commercial Management
  • Engineers progressing into Project Management

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