Ecotech Institute is Again Offering "Introduction to Sustainability" as a Free Online Course to the Public

Jan 27, 2014

Due to Great Success in its First Session, the Ten-Week Course Returns to Cover a Variety of Sustainable Issues

Denver, Colorado – January 27, 2014 – With more than 700 participants from around the world, Ecotech Institute's first "massive online open course" (MOOC) was a tremendous success. The course kicked off last May through the Canvas Network, a common method for highly esteemed educational institutions to offer free courses to the public. Due to the overwhelming response, Ecotech Institute is hosting the ten-week course again, beginning today January 27, 2014. The free online class is open to anyone who has an interest in sustainability. To register, visit

Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute's Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations, will teach the course again. Ecotech Institute, based in Colorado, is the first and only college entirely focused on sustainability-related job training. This course allows Ecotech to extend its reach to people beyond the campus, offering insight into how sustainability affects everyone, every day.

The course covers a broad spectrum of topics including, but not limited to, understanding environmental impacts (climate change, greenhouse gases, depleting resources), social consequences (impact of decisions on health, poverty, income distribution) and financial opportunities (emerging industries, job creation). The course explores various definitions of sustainability and students will learn ways to apply sustainable concepts in their own lives.

"This course helps participants think critically about environmental sustainability and how it impacts people at all levels, from corporate behavior to personal lives," said Crider. "The highlight for many participants is the capstone project where students have to write their own sustainability-focused mission, vision and goals. Participants didn't just learn, they became inspired to make long-lasting positive change."

The initial course was incredibly interactive, with 1,172 discussion posts covering more than 30 topics. Some of the feedback includes:

  • "I'll always remember it as the course that gave me the push I needed in deciding to continue study in a master's program in Sustainability."
  • "I learned a lot, removed some general misconceptions about sustainability, and am truly inspired to continue learning and reading more about these topics. Plus, I am taking actions to change my personal habits."
  • "It was a much needed eye opener and has inspired me to open a consulting business (which I did last week) and have a little fun helping people save themselves…well, from themselves!"

Upon completion of the course, students should also better understand:

  • Triple Bottom Line (people, planet, profit, or Three Pillars);
  • Thermodynamics;
  • Fossil fuels;
  • The balance and relationship between air, land, water resources and techniques for protecting and/or enhancing each;
  • Human impact on biodiversity and the planet;
  • Core concepts of green building rating systems;
  • The possibilities of solar and wind power to meet future energy needs, as well as natural gas, nuclear power, and biofuels.

Each weekly topic includes a multimedia introduction/overview, short supplemental reading assignments and optional, more in-depth materials for those who want to enhance their knowledge in specific areas. Students will take multiple-choice quizzes and develop a personal sustainability vision, mission and goals. Students are also encouraged to network and collaborate with each other through discussion forums and Q&A sessions.

Space is limited, so sign up for the Introduction to Sustainability online course today.

About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, it offers eight highly practical renewable energy degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today's alternative renewable energy employers. Classes start once per quarter and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit or call 877-326-5576.