Course Description

A 5min introductory course designed to help Small and Midsized Enterprises (SMEs) manufacturers develop a sustainable materials plan that adds to an existing initiative (e.g low energy by changing light bulbs is done and you want to go deeper). Upon completion you will be able to anticipating how the sustainability trend will alter your production and create a plan to take action.

You can view the course as many times as you want for 365 days.

This course is focused on creating a sustainable operations plan that leaves a positive legacy for the future. You are expected to implement the steps in the course within your company and report results back to us.

There is A LOT to think about and do. Take it one frame at a time if needed. Watch as many times as you need. Don't feel overwhelmed. Use small and slow solutions (Permaculture Principle #9). Any progress is good progress. Better to take small steps and get grounded than to try and make a big splash but miss important details.

Depending on how many people can work on implementing changes, companies take anywhere from 3 months to 12 months to complete a plan for 1 material issue (if it is taking you longer than this give us a holler). We are not looking for perfect first results. We are looking to see what you can do with your own ingenuity. We are sure you'll be as pleasantly surprised as we will (we've seen it happen before).

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Looking forward to seeing your results!

Shifting your process mindset....

Cecilia Wandiga

Senior management consultant focused on the intersection of sustainability and business development. Cecilia has over 20 years of experience advising business owners and executives about how to improve performance. Her public policy and economic analysis skills are combined with certifications as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and ISO 9000 auditor. During her career she has worked with manufacturers, real estate and insurance, banking, municipal government, software development and community development organizations. Her keen understanding of environmental and social issues enables her to help leaders frame their visions and objectives in an actionable manner. She describes her approach as Holistic Business Permaculture Management - developing organizations that do the right things by managing the right things.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Shift the Material

    • Did you catch the pun?

    • Creating a Plan

    • What was the most exciting thing you learned as you were identifying your sustainability driver?

    • How difficult was it to identify your sustainability driver?

    • Why did you select the specific sustainable material you chose?

    • What was your big gasp after selecting your material?

    • How did you recover after seeing labor should be counted as a BOM input?

    • BOM Labor Tips

    • Developing your Technology Readiness Level Ecosystem

    • What did you learn when talking to others about how to use your products to solve social problems?

    • How useful has this course been for your company?