Training

Through CSP Training, we offer bespoke seminars, courses, workshops and training programmes for organisations, students and communities globally on a range of topics related to environmental quality, sustainability, policy and planning. These events can be from a few hours to several days depending on the depth of engagement needed for participants, and can be offered on-line or in person.

Each event includes one or more of the following elements needed to move from sustainability ambitions to implementation:

1. Developing a sound evidence base of an organisation's or community's sustainability performance and how that is related to specific ways they use material and energy.

2. Assessing alternative ways to change their energy and material use to significantly improve their sustainability while maintaining or even growing profitability and services.

3. Characterising the uncertainty in these assessments, so organisations can understand the chances that a transition will be successful in improving sustainability.

4. Using this uncertainty in multi-criteria and robust decision-making so the organisation can identify effective strategies for improving sustainability, ensuring that the decisions are robust (or successful) under a wide range of possible futures with different policy, technology, regulatory, economic and consumer implications.

5. Identifying how these strategies will be implemented through a combination of changes in institutional capacity and organisational behaviour, including changes in decision processes, management structure, employee training, performance metrics, branding and supply chain management.

6. Building a solid business case for these strategies, and communicating that business case to the many layers of an organisation and its clients so everyone understands why these strategies are desirable.

7. Bringing together the government, business and community stakeholders to work collectively towards a sustainable solution that benefits all.

The events are designed to enhance institutional capacity within an organisation, enabling effective collaboration between a firm, government and consumers. Therefore all evidence, models, data and procedures developed become the property of the organisation, and the employees are ready to carry on the work into the future.


CURRENT ACADEMIC COURSES

Three courses are being conducted annually:

Sustainability and Climate for students at the University of Beihang (China)

Climate Policy for students at the University of Graz (Austria)

Sustainability Assessment for Robinson College (University of Cambridge)


THE FULL LISTING OF COURSES ON OFFER

We have a slate of seven courses offered at any time. Each is available in a 3, 5 or 8 module version (each module requiring approximately one hour), with narrated Powerpoint files and (if desired) a project for which students are marked. Contact Us on cbeec1@gmail.com for details on any of these.


1. Sustainability and Climate Policy: Exploring the meaning of sustainability in both qualitative and quantitative ways, and applying the methods to climate change science and policy.

2. Human Health Risk Assessment and Environmental Policy: Developing, assessing and applying advanced methods of human health risk analysis, and understanding their roles in environmental policies to protect human health.

3. Mathematics of Environmental Modelling; Mastering the theoretical foundations and mathematical methods underlying environmental models across a wide range of issues and problems.

4. Risk-Cost-Benefit Analysis for Environmental Mitigation: Applying methods of health risk analysis and economics to assess the merits of alternative environmental policies.

5. Designing, Building and Assessing Low Carbon Communities: Using concepts and methods of infrastructure design to create low carbon communities in support of climate policy.

6. Technology, Policy and Social Processes for Global Economic Sustainability: Understanding and quantifying the roles of technology, social organisation and policy instruments in improving the sustainability of the global economy.

7.Social Determinants of Climate Change Strategy: Mapping how social processes - law, finance, economics, collective action and policy - influence the response of nations to climate change.


OPEN ACCESS MODULE ON SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE POLICY

We also offer a free course - currently with 9 modules (this may change in the future) - on Sustainability and Climate Policy. It was developed initially as a supplemental module for students at the University of Cambridge, based on my teaching and research at the University over many years. The content then has been refined through offering it at the University of Graz (Austria), Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Beihang University (China), as well as for professional development of students in the University of Cambridge Department of Land Economy (where I taught until retiring) and at Robinson College, Cambridge (where I am a Senior Member).

The course is now available to anyone, with narrated Powerpoint files free to download. It carries no academic credit at any of the universities at which I teach or have taught, but it will be useful as professional development. You can follow the modules in any order, but the order below is one that is best given the progression of topics since some modules build on earlier ones. If you have questions at any time, contact me on cbeec1@gmail.com. I will usually respond within 24 hours. Or if you can coordinate with several other students, I would be happy to have an on-line conversation of perhaps 30 minutes to address multiple questions (this would be called a supervision at Cambridge). You would be responsible for arranging the 'venue' with Zoom or similar platforms.

Download the components (and read the advice under the FREE DOWNLOADS section below):

Course description

The meaning and metrics of sustainability

Understanding climate change science and policy

Carbon footprints and reduction for individuals, organisations and communities

Multi-criteria analysis for development decisions

Consumer-based policies

Climate change adaptation

Macroeconomics and environmental impacts

Human health co-benefits of climate policy under economic development

Climate policy, rationality and risk


FREE DOWNLOADS

The training workshops include narrated Powerpoint modules that allow attendees to review the material at their leisure. Current topics of modules are found below. They can be downloaded for free from my Google Drive using the hyperlinks provided. Download one or more, save them to the drive of your computer, open the file in Powerpoint (not in an alternative version such as Google Slides because this may not allow for narration), enable your speakers, and then play in Slideshow mode. The files are rather large (20-50 Mb each), so give them time to download. They have been checked for viruses. If the file does download as Google Slides, go to File in the Google Slides toolbar, select Download and select Microsoft Power Point as the file format to download.


  1. Carbon footprints and reduction for individuals, organisations and communities

  2. Collective action issues in sustainability

  3. Cumulative risk assessment

  4. Driving demand for cleantech solutions

  5. Human health co-benefits of climate policy under economic development

  6. Is there a real threat of stranded carbon assets?

  7. Macroeconomics and environmental impacts of business

  8. Multi-criteria analysis for development decisions

  9. Policy evaluation for sustainable business

  10. Principles of health risk assessment Part 1

  11. Principles of health risk assessment Part 2

  12. Supporting claims for innovation cleantech and sustainability

  13. Technology innovation and sustainable business

  14. The categories of cleantech and their role in solutions

  15. The actors in sustainability and their role in solutions

  16. The contribution of cleantech to sustainability

  17. The influence of consumer-based policies on global carbon

  18. The meaning of sustainability and the role of cleantech

  19. The role of the investment and finance community

  20. The vulnerability of business to environmental change

  21. Understanding climate change science and policy

  22. Understanding environmental impacts of business (qualitative)

  23. Understanding environmental impacts of business (quantitative)

  24. Making 'Zero-Carbon Homes' into a term of art


EXAMPLES OF PAST WORKSHOPS

  • Climate Change Science and Policy for the National Reform and Development Commission of China

  • Making the Sustainability Case for applicants to the RBS Innovation Gateway

  • Sustainability Assessment for the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

  • Sustainable, Low Carbon and Smart Cities for governors of provinces of China

  • Sustainability and Climate Change for the University of Beihang, China

  • Climate Change Policy for the University of Graz, Austria

  • Zero Carbon Homes for Homes England (UK)

  • Applying for Green Climate Fund finance for ECOLtd (UK) and University of Twente (NL)

  • Sustainable Business for Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.


If you would like a bespoke workshop, seminar or talk developed for your employees or stakeholders, please contact us to arrange a discussion (email address is at the bottom of the page).