Environmental communication

Climate changes challenges governments and companies to prepare sound and effective strategies to limit greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate energy efficiency improvements and increase the use of renewable energy sources. More and more companies are seeing the financial advantages of cutting down on their energy use.

There is no doubt that working towards a sustainable energy supply is a strategy that pays off in the long run. However, there are also more immediate benefits that can be achieved right now. These include lower costs and reduced emissions.

The focus of interest of the study program is to deal with questions in the context of sustainable environmental development. In particular the perspectives of education, consultation and communication are considered.

This course focuses on the interdependency of human and natural systems demands an approach which ensures that the complex problems of global change are analyzed in an integrated way from different perspectives and at a variety of levels.

Course Aim

The learning objectives of the Course are:

* Understanding of networked problems of Global Change
* Ability to develop creative sustainable concepts of energy use as a response strategy to the problems of Global Change
* Competence in using Information and Communication Tools for an effective energy management

Course Content

* Energy Management
* Sustainability Education
* Eco informatics

Environmental Communication Program Detail

* Energy Management

This course involves controlling and improving energy use and costs. The course promotes skills in monitoring, audits and improvements in energy efficiency.
Key transferable skills include:
- Monitoring and managing energy
- Energy Cost-saving

* Sustainability Education

The consequences of climate change present considerable challenges to companies and citizens alike. Above all, business requires stability and predictability. As a result many companies are looking for cost effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions by investing in energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy.
The course offers a unique combination of environmental and development education. It deals with the theory and practice of environmental and development education and enables the students to explore and expand the role that education for sustainability can play in social, political and economic change.
Key transferable skills include:
- General environmental literacy
- Values & Participation with a focus on adult, youth and community education
- Global Issues

* Eco informatics

Managing Ecological Data and Information.

Special features

All units may be studied either full program or as individual units with relating certification.
Throughout the program special emphasis is placed in the following key themes:
- capacity building: enabling the participants to play their part in promoting sustainable development and energy use.
- management of change: developing skills in program innovation and policy making.

Career opportunities

Environmental jobs can be found in industry, government, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and news media. Activity fields in the industry are strategy shaping, marketing, operational management, financing, accounting, manufacturing, logistics, and performance measurement and evaluation.
Further job fields are Energy Consultant, Sustainability educator, Alternate Energy Developer, Energy Planner, Energy Policy Analyst.

Assessment

All assessment is through written coursework. For example, report writing, program design or research studies.