CPD in Sustainable Green Organisation



Sustainability is as much about people as it is about energy and economics. This course introduces participants to a sociotechnical systems model of sustainable organisations, contextualising the organisation’s role between individual decision-making and the services, infrastructure, technology and policies in society.

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Short description

The course aims to provide students with:

  • An understanding of what the sustainability of an organisation is and how it can be measured.
  • The ability to conceptualise the organisation as a sociotechnical system with sustainability as a key outcome.
  • An understanding of the psychosocial, organisational, contextual, and societal factors influencing sustainable behaviours.
  • An appreciation of leadership and change management strategies needed to design and deliver effective sustainability initiatives.

What topics will you cover?

  • Defining and measuring sustainability.
  • Defining a sociotechnical system and how it supports or undermines sustainability.
  • Change management, leadership and sustainability initiatives.
  • Individual Psychology and sustainability.
  • Social Psychology and sustainability.
  • Organisational Psychology and sustainability.
  • Infra-structure, technology, information and decision making.

Who is this course for?

Sustainable organisation consultants, sustainability managers or those with specific sustainability responsibilities in their organisation, e.g. sustainable travel. The course is also suitable for participants who may wish to pursue a future role in the area of sustainability.

Note: this course is not industry specific. The knowledge gained can be applied to any industry sector, such as transport (rail, aviation, maritime), food, tourism, hospitality, logistics, finance etc.

Who teaches the course?

Assistant Professor Sam Cromie and Assistant Professor Siobhán Corrigan along with relevant industry professionals where applicable.

Course Delivery & Timetable

This is a seven-week course divided into seven sessions. Each session is designed to be completed over the course of a week and will comprise several offline learning elements complemented with a one-hour live webinar (evening). The webinar and study material will be accessed via our student virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

The one-hour live webinars will take place from 6 pm to 7 pm (Irish time) on Thursdays. The next course is due to take place on the following dates in 2022.

April 21st, 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, June 2nd 

Action learning component

From week one, the learning from this course will be reinforced by means of an individual industry-based project specific to the participant’s organisation. The participants will submit an outline of their proposed project and will receive feedback and further guidance in the application of each step of the project. The remit of the project will be to evaluate an existing or design a future sustainability initiative.

The project is an opportunity for participants to demonstrate their grasp of each of the elements of the course and they will be supported and mentored by the expert delivery team throughout the course. It will be introduced in week 1 so participants can start working on it straight away.

Note: This could be an initiative that has been introduced in your organisation, one that is currently being implemented or a hypothetical future one. If you are not currently in a relevant organisation the project can be carried out with reference an organisation, you have knowledge of/access to or a published case study.

Additional participant information

For the best online experience, we recommend the use of Chrome as your default browser, along with a USB (or other) headset with built-in microphone. Each live webinar will last one hour. Outside of this you can also expect to spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on self-directed study.

Certificate of completion

On successful submission of the industry-based project participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion.

Course Fees



Start date

21st April 2022

End date

2nd June 2022

Registration closes

15th April 2022

How do I register and pay for the course?

Registration for this course is by means of PayPal. The course fee of €1,500 includes access to the course materials via Blackboard (Trinity’s Virtual Learning Environment) for the duration of the course. Please note that participation in this CPD course does not include access to the Trinity Library or any other student services (including a student identity card). 


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