Many people are passionate about social and environmental issues and sustainable business practices, but only a relative few are making a career with that passion. With BCIT’s Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Business Leadership, the only program of its kind in BC, you can create a job path that’s fulfilling and rewarding, both for you and those around you.
Check out an example of one Sustainable Business Leadership graduate who did just that.
Employers value BCIT's applied, job-ready approach to education and training. It's the BCIT advantage that sets our graduates apart. In only ten months, two evenings a week, you’ll train in the most up-to-date practices and skills necessary to help organizations in any industry create a better world through their strategy and operations. For more flexibility, you can also study part-time and earn your credential at your own pace.
Find out more about the courses, focus, and opportunities available with your an Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Business Leadership on the Program Details page.
If you have a BCIT diploma from one of the programs listed here and have been accepted into the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration degree, you can use Sustainable Business Leadership courses to meet your Bachelor of Business Administration elective requirements.
If you have a degree or diploma from another institution, depending on your previous credential, courses from the Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Business Leadership could be used to gain entry into the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration program or to fulfill the BBA elective requirements. You can arrange for a pre-entry assessment by contacting the BBA department.
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With our focus on sustainability principles and practical application, BCIT Sustainable Business Leadership graduates can find opportunities in diverse companies, government organizations, and not-for-profits as sustainability managers, operations analysts, supply chain coordinators, and many other roles, or start their own businesses and work as sustainability consultants.
Learn more about the career opportunities open to graduates on the Graduating and Jobs page.
The Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Business Leadership provides opportunities for individuals who have completed a diploma or degree at a recognized post-secondary institution and wish to further their education.
Candidates should apply to this program after completing or when nearing completion of their diploma or degree.
If you have already completed BCIT's Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership, please see the Advanced Placement page to apply for direct entry.
The Sustainable Business Leadership program courses are divided into three terms:
Labs and tutorials provide students with opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge and practice technical skills required by industry. Students are exposed to real-world sustainability issues throughout their coursework, culminating in a business consulting project. During this capstone project, students work with a faculty advisor and an industry sponsor to apply what they've learned in the program to industry situations.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
In BCIT’s Sustainable Business Leadership program, you’ll study the most current issues in sustainability and participate in a two-term business consulting project for practical experience.
This is the only program in British Columbia that is purely focused on sustainable business leadership. By adding this certificate to your pre-existing education, you’ll prepare to become a leader in any number of industries to champion the responsible use of our resources.
As a Sustainable Business Leadership student, you will learn and practice how to:
In the 21st century, successful business generates value for all stakeholders, not only shareholders. Business leaders, governments, and citizens are increasingly realizing the vital role that business plays in creating a healthy, socially just, and ecologically sustainable world for everyone. BCIT’s Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Business Leadership prepares graduates to help organizations in any industry create a better world through their strategy and operations.
Your training enables you to offer potential employers a specialized skillset that few employees have and is incrThe “sustainability mindset” is sought after in roles across organizations. No matter the position you end up in, you will be prepared to advocate for and implement sustainable practices. easingly required by all organizations to address growing investor, citizen, and customer demands for social and environmental responsibility.
The “sustainability mindset” is sought after in roles across organizations. No matter the position you end up in, you will be prepared to advocate for and implement sustainable practices. Some specific job titles and opportunities include:
Food Services: Single-Use Items vs. Reusables
The global climate and ecological crises are motivating organizations, businesses, and governments to review their operations to minimize their environmental impact. A major concern for the food service industry is single-use takeaway items, which are energy and resource intensive to produce and ship, as well as burdensome on our waste streams. BCIT Food Services, operated by Chartwells, currently use a variety of plastic, bioplastic and fibre-based single-use cutlery and containers. While recognizing the potential to reduce their environmental impact by exploring other options, BCIT wants to be clear about the optimal financial and environmental solution before moving ahead.
Unbuilders and Vancouver Economic Commission: Deconstruction Impact Analysis
There is significant potential to transition the construction industry from its current linear structure towards a circular model that prioritizes repurposing of materials and diversion of waste from landfills. Deconstruction is an industry alternative to demolition that diverts construction materials from becoming waste by salvaging, recycling, and reusing them in new building projects. Through deconstruction, buildings are disassembled with a goal of minimizing the construction industry’s environmental footprint.
Scius and Vancouver Economic Commission: BC’s Construction Technology Ecosystem
Environmentally, inefficiencies in construction and operation processes result in buildings being responsible for over 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in Vancouver and 30% of solid waste to landfills. As the construction industry in BC slowly shifts from analog to digital processes to improve efficiency and reduce waste, opportunities are emerging for tech and construction companies to form partnerships and embrace a wide range of innovations.
Social Print Paper: Sugar Sheet
Every day in North America, three million trees are cut down to make paper. Although there are various alternatives to traditional tree paper, trees remain the primary source for paper production. Social Print Paper is a North American company making paper out of agricultural fibre while meeting industry standards for paper and printing use without cutting down trees. Sugar Sheet Paper uses ‘bagasse’ - the leftover biomass from the production of cane sugar.
eStream Energy Partners: Achieving Radical Building Energy Efficiency by Changing the Economics
eStream Energy Partners was established in 2016, by three senior business professionals with the mission to find a way to overcome the significant and persistent barriers to achieving radical building efficiency in large buildings. They propose to change the economics of buildings by separating the ownership of the buildings from the ownership of the energy systems within those buildings. A separately governed in-building energy utility can align conflicting priorities and all parties stand to benefit from maximizing energy efficiency. eStream are seeking to secure a candidate pilot project, but despite significant interest have not yet managed to secure commitment from a developer or municipality.
Recycling Alternative: New Circular Product(s) from Low-Grade Plastics
Recycling Alternative (RA) is a Vancouver-owned and operated company that provides private waste and recycling collection for everything from e-waste to organic materials for a range of commercial clients. Co-founders and owners Robert and Louise also have a strong commitment to innovation, inclusive employment, and community partnerships.
Vancity and One Earth: Accelerating Repair Capstone
Disposable items have increased rapidly in the past decades together with the rise of a throwaway consumer mentality. We are hitting and exceeding ecological limits, and there is an urgent need to build a more Circular Economy that is much less wasteful. Repair is a key sector of the Circular Economy, which is diverse: from existing repair stores to new circular economy enterprises, from community repair cafes to programs that refurbish electronics. While repairing goods has many benefits, including conserving resources, diverting waste, creating new jobs, and supporting emerging cultural desires to consume less, the repair sector is not well understood or developed.
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