Environment and sustainability are two sides of the same coin. The Financial Times – Lexicon defines environmental sustainability as “a state in which the demands placed on the environment can be met, without reducing its capacity to allow all people to live well, now and in the future.”
Environmental sustainability is much more than a PR exercise. It goes a long way in enabling organizations to conduct their activities in a responsible manner.
How can organizations help protect our environment?
Adoption of eco-friendly processes plays a key role in improving environmental sustainability. Companies can efficiently implement these “green” initiatives by imparting effective training to their workforce.
E-learning helps organizations to provide highly effectual environmental sustainability training because:
Employee awareness could be created
Workers who understand the need to protect the environment can better appreciate the eco-friendly measures taken by the organization and help implement them efficiently.
Short eLearning modules containing videos could be very useful in explaining the importance of environmental conservation. The CEO or other senior members of management could explain the benefits of sustainable development and how it fits into the vision of the organization.
Concepts could be explained efficiently
Online courses could be used to effectively explain various concepts related to the environment because the full learning potential of technology could be harnessed.
Life cycle diagrams help provide an excellent overview of different processes with their steps, while infographics could be used to explain topics in an engaging manner. Slideshows, flip-cards and hotspots enable correct understanding of different concepts. Games and animations help make the training lively.
Deliver training at low cost
High cost of training is often a major impediment to effective environmental sustainability training. E-learning resolves this problem effectively because courses could be developed at reduced cost in short periods.
Various rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Lectora Inspire and Adobe Captivate facilitate the development of highly effective e-courses in a quick and cost-effective manner.
Problem-based learning could be efficiently imparted
Training containing scenarios and case studies could be used to explain the dos and don’ts of environmental sustainability because it helps employees understand the ecological implications of their actions.
E-learning could be used to present these scenarios and case studies in a captivating manner. It helps workers better understand the environmental importance of various activities and identify “potential areas” of improvement.
Gen-Y workers could be effectively trained
It is necessary to incorporate the learning requirements of the millennial workforces into corporate environmental training strategies because these workforces are the future of organizations. According to the U.S. bureau of labor statistics, Gen-Y workers would constitute 46 percent of the American workforce.
E-learning is the training format of this tech-savvy generation. These workers adept in the use of computers learn effectively online than in brick and mortar classrooms. E-courses help impart better sustainability training to these Gen-Y personnel and better trained employees could better contribute to the protection of our environment.
Efficient environmental sustainability training goes a long way in protecting the ecology of our planet. After all, we have only one Earth. I hope you find this article useful. Do share your thoughts with us.