Sustainability Fundamentals

You don't need to be a government leader or the CEO of a global corporation to make a difference. But you do need to understand how it all works. In this free course, you'll get to grips with the three pillars of sustainability: environment, society, and economy.

In this free course, you'll get to grips with the three pillars of sustainability: environment, society, and economy.

Sustainability Fundamentals
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What will you learn?

An Introduction to Sustainability

To better understand why we need to talk about sustainability and why it matters, let’s take a look at where we are now.

Types of Sustainability

We’ve all heard the term ‘sustainability' thrown around before. It was a scientific buzzword in its early days, and has now evolved into being used as a more commonplace adjective to describe a kind of development and future to aspire to – or a way to describe goods and services produced in a responsible manner, with a low impact.

Achieving Sustainable Outcomes

While there is a lot at stake and the challenges ahead of us are complex and constantly changing, it is important to remember that there are also a number of opportunities ahead of us. To identify where these opportunities lie, we must first look at some of the challenges to achieving sustainable outcomes.

Turning Challenges Into Opportunities

There has been a lot of research conducted showing the approaches used to communicate sustainability challenges and the initiatives that can help to make a difference, which has not been effective at achieving any meaningful kind of behaviour change. It’s been proven that communicating information alone is not enough and that the way information is communicated makes a significant difference.

Sustainable Development Goals

You may have heard of the United Nations (SDGs) before and wondered what they are. When discussing sustainability it is important to recognise the importance of the SDGs.

Sustainability in Different Forms

There are many different forms of sustainability that encompass different actions and responsibilities – which also provide different opportunities for individuals and communities to engage with.

Ways You Can Make a Difference

Measuring your impact is an important first step to identifying ways you can make a difference. This can be done using an ecological or carbon footprint calculator, which looks at some key impact categories and then estimates your footprint based on your responses.

Case Study: Living With Zero Waste

Taking steps towards sustainable practices can be challenging. Joost Bakker explains how we all can implement a circular mindset to take action for a positive future.


Abbie Freestone
Sustainability Consultant and Founder at Rewild Agency

Abbie is the founder of sustainability consultancy Rewild Agency, which helps organisations with sustainability measurement, strategy, communication and education. Abbie believes that business can and should be a force for good. She is committed to uncovering new ways of thinking about how sustainability can be embedded both within long-term organisational strategy and day-to-day business operations. She holds a Master of Environment & Sustainability at Monash University, specialising in sustainability leadership.

Stone and Wood Brewing Co
James Perrin
Sustainability Manager, Stone & Wood Brewing Co

James is a chemical & environmental engineer with experience in sustainability, innovation, and food manufacturing across Australia and New Zealand. As the Sustainability Manager for Stone & Wood, James oversees the company’s sustainability and community strategy and sits on the board of its not-for-profit inGrained Foundation. James is also a B-Consultant, father of two small humans, occasional long-distance runner, avid gardener, and an advocate for environmentalism and ethical business.

Brett Giddings
Sustainability and Impact Director, Trace

Brett has worked with brands all around the world to take meaningful action to address climate change. From large multi-nationals to innovative startups, Brett has helped companies to develop tangible approaches to sustainability that engage and inspire the communities that follow those brands to take individual actions themselves. In his current role at Trace, Brett is helping remove the barriers to brands and people becoming "climate positive" with accessible technology.

Future Food System
Joost Bakker
Creator of Future Food System

Joost is an eco-warrior who is passionate about zero waste. He approaches everything through a sustainable lens and loves creating art out of recycled and regenerative materials. He has built several famous greenhouses and soil covered buildings in Sydney and Perth, as well as a prototype of his own fully sustainable house at Federation Square for the City of Melbourne.