Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Emory University
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.91 / 5.00 Kelly Weisinger
Assistant Director
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:
Yes

Total number of continuing education courses offered:
2,615

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:
79

Percentage of continuing education courses that address sustainability:
3.02

A copy of the list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:
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A list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

Landscape Design I: Understanding the Site - Intended for hobbyists, amateur landscape designers and professionals wishing to broaden their residential design skills, the course provides vital foundational concepts for creating functional landscape plans. Students learn to assess landscape conditions found in typical residential settings as well as outdoor room components popular in today’s market. The course incorporates basic design terms and processes, creating a base map, conducting a site inventory, and the incorporation of sustainability elements. Number of times course is offered: 4

Landscape Design II: Designing Winning Concept Plans is the second part of the foundational course for landscape design program. Students use the skills developed in part one to create functional landscape diagrams and apply preliminary design guidelines and principles. By learning and practicing basic graphic skills, students create visually appealing plans and draw conceptual master plans. Incorporating the elements of sustainability are woven through every lesson. Number of times course is offered: 3

Environmental Health and Safety Management Systems Part 1 – This course explores the fundamental principles of a quality management systems approach and application to environmental, health, and safety programs. Participants develop a better understanding of the need, benefits, and implementation strategies for integrated management systems. Participants identify and understand milestones, use a road map as a tool, conduct a GAP analysis using the compliance register, and identify and analyze gaps in a program. Number of times course is offered: 2

Environmental Health and Safety Management Systems Part 2 - This course covers integrating technology, training, and communications into safety programs as well as obtaining measures to define and explain success. Participants learn how to get end-user buy in before implementing a new initiative; avoid mass resistance on implementation; and use time more efficiently. Students transform audit or inspection programs to use as a training tool, capture metrics, and evaluate safety culture. Number of times course is offered: 2
Sticks and Stones: Hardscapes Made Simple – This course teaches participants to effectively design walls, patios, decks, fences, and arbors. Participants learn the fundamentals and secrets of hardscape construction by taking designs to a whole new level. Number of times course is offered: 4

Capstone Project: Real World, Real Design – This is the class that pulls all the landscape design skills together. Participants complete the landscape design they began in the first class by adding plant names, hardscape selections and beautiful color graphics and creating a “take-off” where captured elements form the first step in job cost estimating. Number of times course is offered: 4

Right Plant, Right Place: Succeeding with Plants – This course trains students to work with plants that really work in the garden. Participants learn to use the best plants for their area and how to create stunning plans that thrive for years to come. Number of times course is offered: 4

Landscape Painting with Wayland Moore – The course teaches participants to improve their technique and paint with confidence using natural landscapes as inspiration. Number of times course is offered: 7
Special Events Intensive: Nuts and Bolts - Logistics day brings an overview of venue selection, vendor selection, and the tips and tricks to work in and with both critical elements. Students understand contracts and how to negotiate the best deals to support their message, develop effective and realistic timelines for event production, and consider the environmental impacts of events and how to minimize negative consequences. Special emphasis is put on event safety and creating outdoor event spaces safely and effectively. Number of times course is offered: 4

Event Technology – Participants can get up close and personal with the latest in special event technology, which can change and take an event to new levels. Technology is explored on the backend (guest registration, planning software, etc.) and the tools-of-the-trade integrated into event environment including lighting, sound, and projection. Participants learn what it takes to do-it-themselves, choose environmentally friendly technology options, how to speak a common language with technology vendors, and explore a 3D event CAD rendering program. Number of times course is offered: 3

Sustainability Certificate - Where someone works, where they live, and where they volunteer—all have the potential to be more sustainable. But what does that mean? How can the information and technology being developed for more sustainable practices worldwide be made relevant locally? Students learn from Atlanta’s leaders in sustainability as they tell their stories and help identify key lessons about the important role of organizational change, technology innovations related to sustainability, and leveraging best practices in the field. Number of times course is offered: 1

French 203 – While the purpose of this class it to improve proficiency in French it also contains a segment where students explore sustainability. Number of times course is offered: 4

Citizen Science - Citizen science is defined as scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. Guest speakers representing some of the more than 400 C.S. groups (including the Audubon Society, Adopt-a Stream and Monarchs Across Georgia) present participation opportunities. Number of times course is offered: 1

Atlanta: A City too Busy to Hate – Part I – An overview of Atlanta’s history tracing its origins and development into the “City Too Busy To Hate” and tracing the impact that African American commerce and political activism had on the nation as a whole. This course covers the years from 1865 to 1959. Number of times course is offered: 1

Atlanta: A City too Busy to Hate – Part II – Participants learn about Atlanta's history, tracing its origins and development into the "City Too Busy to Hate" -- as well as the impact of African-American commerce and political activism on the nation as a whole. This course covers the years from 1960-2000. Number of times course is offered: 1

Learn Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate - 21 hours of online study and 56 hours in the classroom are required to complete this certificate. Along with a previously acquired Green Belt Certification, a 75 percent of higher in Emory’s Black Belt Exam, and an independent project. Number of times course is offered: 5

Learn Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate - An instructor led, interactive course covering the history, principles and objectives of Lean Six Sigma (LSS). Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful end-to-end Green Belt projects using the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) methodology. A combination of lectures, individual and group exercises and supplementary online modules provide an environment to learn and practice the key tools and techniques needed to complete LSS Green Belt projects. Number of times course is offered: 9

Learn Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate – Online - This version of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate is offered completely online and includes modular-based exercises and assignments. The 12-week, 16 session course is packed with applied exercises and real-world case studies designed to simulate the steps participants would take in a real-world Lean Six Sigma project, thereby improving students learning experience. Number of times course is offered: 6

Learn Six Sigma White Belt Certificate - An introduction to Lean concepts and Six Sigma principles is vital for building a basic foundation for process improvement. The course includes an overview of the DMAIC process Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control which is integral to a Lean Six Sigma roll-out but can also be used as a stand-alone component of process improvement. Students are taught the roadmap for a successful improvement deployment as well as the key roles and responsibilities of a Lean Six Sigma framework. Students learn to identify waste and variation in a process and increase stakeholder satisfaction through practical tools and techniques. Number of times course is offered: 4

Learn Six Sigma White Belt Certificate – Online - An introduction to Lean concepts and Six Sigma principles is vital for building a basic foundation for process improvement. The course includes an overview of the DMAIC process Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control which is integral to a Lean Six Sigma roll-out but can also be used as a stand-alone component of process improvement. Students are taught the roadmap for a successful improvement deployment as well as the key roles and responsibilities of a Lean Six Sigma framework. Students learn to identify waste and variation in a process and increase stakeholder satisfaction through practical tools and techniques. Number of times course is offered: 2

Atlanta Beltline Tour - The Atlanta Beltline is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and modern streetcar transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting 45 in town neighborhoods. The 3-hour bus tour introduces participants to the Atlanta Beltline Project and to areas of the city that they may have never seen before. The tour covers Atlanta Beltline history, which is part of the history of Atlanta, project updates, and long-range plans. Participants hear about neighborhood history and opportunities for redevelopment of thousands of acres of underutilized or vacant land near the Atlanta Beltline. It touches on the history of streetcars in Atlanta from 1890 and the planned Atlanta Streetcar System, which includes the Beltline. Number of times course is offered: 1

The Atlanta Beltline Project Transit and Affordable Housing - This class builds on the previous class, “The Atlanta Beltline Project and Streetcars in Atlanta.” This class provides emphasis on the key elements of transit and affordable housing with additional time for class discussion. Included is a 3-hour bus tour of the Beltline and possibly an optional ride on the Atlanta Streetcar downtown. Number of times course is offered: 4

Flora and Fauna of North Georgia – Participants explore the diverse environment in Georgia -- mountains, plains, oceans and swampland, as well as animals, plants, and shrubs. Wildlife are an important element in the explorations with very interesting speakers. Number of times course is offered: 1

Nature Printmaking Workshop - Actual leaves are used as patterns – both positive and negative images. Participants spend the day going wild with water-soluble printing inks, brayers on stems, and branches from our gardens! Like the methods of making images in pairs – this class is designed for pairs/couples. One will be printing, one preps, then the roles are switched and all have fun. Number of times course is offered: 1

Painting and Printing Plants – Participants use all forms of watercolor -- tubes, pans, crayons, pencils, liquids -- for colorful fun! Afternoon work shifts to printing with watercolor using eye droppers and spray bottles. Number of times course is offered: 1


Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
Three

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:
Yes

A brief description of the certificate program(s), including the year the program was created:

The sustainability certificate program includes 25 class sessions over three separate courses and a final capstone project. Sustainability presents both opportunities and challenges to us as individuals and as leaders within local and national institutions. This certificate explores the difficult dilemmas presented by the profound paradigm shift of sustainability and provides case studies of how Atlanta area pioneers are responding. With attention to concrete strategies for change as well as leadership skills, the certificate offers the student a firm foundation for leading change toward a more sustainable future. Alternating among specific topics such as water, energy, and food, the course strengthens understandings of the interconnected challenges on national, regional, and local levels. Personal dimensions of change are also important, and we develop our resilience and capacities to lead over the long term.


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