"The economy is only as strong as the environment it relies on. A sustainable economy is one that can utilize the goods and services that nature provides without depleting resources."

When I completed and blogged about the LinkedIn Learning Path: Career Essentials in Generative AI by Microsoft and LinkedIn, I came to realize that there was so much information I’ll like to share on Gen AI & Machine Learning! This resulted in a very long post, and I had to pick & choose what to include & exclude.

Hence this time round I decided to break it down and blog about individual courses instead of the entire learning path. Sustainability is something I’ve been looking to learn more about and here’s what I gathered from the 1st course: Sustainability Foundations: Core Concepts in the LinkedIn Learning Path: Career Essentials in Sustainable Tech by Microsoft and LinkedIn.

Dimensions of Sustainability

a. Environment Nature ecosystem which supports the economy
b. Economy Production & consumption of goods & services
c. Society Create robust systems of equity & opportunity across generations

"Glocal is shorthand for a key sustainability concept, blending global and local. Think globally, act locally."

Shifting 3 key paradigms towards achieving sustainability:

1. FROM: A linear take-make-waste cycle from nature to trash
    TO: Circular economy based on 3 principles
            a. Eliminate waste & pollution (initial design)
            b. Keep products in use for as long as possible
            c. Regenerate our natural systems e.g. regenerative agriculture

2. FROM: Static thinking (seeing things as they are right now)
    TO: Dynamic thinking (Anticipate & adapt to change)

3. FROM: Reductionist thinking (Understand complex systems by breaking them down into individual parts)
    TO: Systems thinking (Understand how parts of a whole system interact & influence each other)
            a. Complexity (Sustainability problems are multifaceted)
            b. Feedback Loops (Outputs of a system influence its inputs)
            c. Resilience (Flexible solutions that adapt to changing conditions and unforeseen challenges)

Key concepts on envirnomental sustainability

a. Net zero Amount of greenhouse gases emitted is balanced by the amount removed
b. Carbon removal Human activities that take CO2 out of the atmosphere via trees planting & technology
c. Carbon offset Pay someone else to not emit greenhouse gas, so that you can
d. Nature positive UN Global Biodiversity Framework calling for an increase in the health, abundance, diversity, and resilience of species and ecosystems globally
e. TCFD Physical Risk Nature events that damage assets and disrupt operations
f. TCFD Transition Risk Policies & regulations e.g. increased cost due to carbon tax in countries with high carbon intensity grids
g. Scenario Analysis Exploration of different scenarios to develop robust strategies for the future

"Environmental resilience is about understanding our vulnerabilities and designing proactive strategies, not just to survive, but to thrive amidst challenges."

Carbon Accounting: Greenhouse-Gas Protocol
a. Scope 1 Emission: Direct emissions produced by the company’s own activities
b. Scope 2 Emission: Indirect emissions that result from the energy a company consumes from external sources
c. Scope 3 Emission: Indirect emissions from company’s entire supply chain & its customers, estimated based on spend-based data

This course really opened my eyes and mind to the complexity of sustainability. Which goes beyond the classic 3 Rs of Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. I’m excited to continue learning more, and see how I could apply these newly learnt concepts on sustainability to my next role.