SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT DESIGN AND SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATE
Utah State University Business Certificates
The Sustainable Product Design and Supply Chain Certificate in the OIA Outdoor Industry Business Certificate program gives participants the opportunity to gain expertise in sustainable product design and supply chains through an outdoor industry lens.
The three courses that make up this certificate are designed and taught by faculty at Utah State University. You can start or enhance your sustainability journey by taking one or all of the following courses.
Historically speaking, our economy has been linear, meaning that raw materials are used to make a product, and after its use, any waste is thrown away. However, the resource-depleting nature of our linear economy has had major environmental impacts over the past century. Understanding that the resources on the planet are finite has prompted a shift toward a circular economy. In a circular economy, the materials used in the products we create are reintroduced into the supply chain to minimize the natural resources needed to create new products, thus diverting usable materials away from landfills.
Course Learning Objectives
This course will look at the steps in the circular economy and address issues and
solutions in each step. Students who complete this course will be able to:
- Understand the Circular Economy model vs. the Linear Economy model
- Comprehend different methods to design out waste and pollution
- Gain insight into processes and programs for keeping products and materials in
- Understand the various steps of the circular model including: materials
selection, product design, manufacturing, distribution, roles of the consumer,
repair/reuse, recycling/landfill, and regenerating natural systems
- Cultivate the ability to evaluate products, supply chain and business based on
their environmental and social impacts
This course consists of six modules and one final exam:
- Materials, Design, and Manufacturing
- Retail and the User
- Reuse and Repair Programs
- Recycling Materials, and Landfills
- Final Exam
This class will integrate managerial and socio-ecological aspects in order to understand the relationship between sustainability and marketing in the twenty-first century. Key concepts of marketing and marketing mix decisions will be reviewed to provide students with the skills and capability to develop marketing strategies and comprehensive communication campaigns for sustainable products and services.
Course Learning Objectives
- Increase your factual knowledge and experience with key principles of sustainability marketing and corporate social responsibility (terminology, classifications)
- Discuss the fundamental principles and generalizations of sustainability marketing theories in its broader social and economic context
- Identify consumer behavior and responses to the sustainability agenda
- Reflect on sustainable forms of consumption and evaluate why consumers do and do not engage in sustainable behaviors
- Understand the components of a successful marketing strategy for sustainable products.
Outdoor companies face increasing internal and external pressure to pursue sustainable innovations in supply chain management (SCM). The global nature of production and distribution means that supply chain management is vital not only for a firm’s profitability, but also for the firm’s relationships to a broad range of stakeholders, including workers, communities and consumers around the world. Outdoor product consumers specifically demand a level of corporate citizenship and sustainability beyond the average requirements. This course in supply chain sustainability examines the supply chain from the stakeholder perspective. Topics include an overview of the supply chain, strategic sourcing and procurement, sustainable logistics and warehousing, supplier relationships and management and the importance of the supply chain to the product life-cycle. Students will complete the course with an understanding of the importance of addressing sustainability within supply chain management, as well as practical knowledge in leveraging supply chain benefits for both profit and increased corporate citizenship.
ABOUT UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY:
Since its founding in 1888, Utah State University has evolved from a small-town college tucked away in the Northern Utah mountains to a thriving research university respected around the world. It is home to the Outdoor Product Design & Development (OPDD) bachelor’s degree, in which students learn to bring innovative, sustainable, and impactful products to market in the dynamic sports, outdoor, and active industries.
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