RIC announces new certificate program on fostering greener businesses, agencies  

Going green is becoming a competitive necessity in the new economy. Savvy enterprises are enjoying the benefits of using resources efficiently, achieving cost savings, creating a positive image in the marketplace, building a motivated staff and developing a culture that reinforces innovation.

RIC’s new certificate program in Green Enterprise Management provides affordable professional sustainability training in all aspects of business and agency operations.

Spring courses for the non-credit program, which begin March 13, include The Green Enterprise, Paper Management and Green Printing and The Sustainable Nonprofit.

Glenn Bachman

“Going green gives cutting-edge companies a competitive advantage, achieves cost savings, and builds a highly skilled, 21st century workforce,” said Dante Del Giudice, interim director of Professional Studies and Continuing Education. “This is a great opportunity for business owners and employees, agency personnel, and unemployed and underemployed members of the workforce to learn from instructors who have success and experience in green enterprise management.”

Students will learn how to create greener businesses, calculate their ecological footprint and report on their organization’s environmental successes. Certificate candidates can complete single or multiple concentrations or tailor their studies to their specific requirements. The 108 hours of course work can be completed in approximately one year.

The Green Enterprise Management certificate was developed by the division of Professional Studies and Continuing Education in partnership with Glenn Bachman, author of The Green Business Guide: A One Stop Resource for Businesses of All Shapes and Sizes to Implement Eco-friendly Policies, Programs, and Practices.

“Glenn is our region’s foremost authority on the subject, and he and local specialists will be the instructors for the certificate courses,” Del Giudice said.

Five concentration options provide professional training to improve the ecological performance of enterprises and to enable individuals and their organizations to become more competitive in an economy that increasingly values and rewards sustainable practices.

Concentrations include Green Management, Green Finance and Accounting, Green Operations, Green Marketing and Communications, and Green Individualized.

Complete information on courses and fees is available at www.ric.edu/pdp.