Course Description

Explore environmental management challenges and issues faced by industry and discover the key driving forces that are requiring companies to address these issues through an array of management techniques. This course is designed to give you both knowledge of current environmental management tools as well as provide an opportunity to apply this knowledge to practical examples of environmental issues. Some of the more common groups of environmental management tools will be introduced and explored in the balance of the course including environmental management systems such as ISO14001 and other tools such as product-related, impact Assignment, and performance and reporting tools such as Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The emphasis will be on engaging critical thought on the goals of these tools, their utility, benefits and draw-backs and ways they can improved. The assignments will be practical with an emphasis on using, assessing and discussing how tools are identified as solutions for environmental management and social responsibility from a business perspective.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify the primary tools used for environmental management and define their appropriate application;
  • Explain how the scientific method applies to environmental management;
  • Evaluate the quality of environmental information;
  • Employ consideration of ethics in environmental decision making;
  • Utilize an understanding of regulatory methods and requirements and requirements, and other outside influences, when developing strategies for corporate environmental management;
  • Interpret environmental aspects of business publications; and
  • Apply the course material to your work/business environment.


Students may take either BMC 281 Auditing of HSE Management Systems and Compliance or BMC 116 Management Tools and Techniques for Environmental Issues in their core component of the Environmental Management Certificate. If both courses are taken, one will be assigned to core and the other will be assigned as optional.

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Online Asynchronous
Jan 16, 2024 to Apr 25, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $559.00
Reading List / Textbook

Title: Elements of Environmental Management
Authors: Werner Antweiler
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing division
ISBN: 978-1442626133 (hard copy), 978-1442616790 (digital)

Visit the UCalgary Bookstore at www.calgarybookstore.ca.

Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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