WISA Sustainability 101 Online Training

Monday 30 November, 2020
8:30am – 4:00pm



About the event

To register for this course contact Anita Pillay at training@wisa.org.za. The course fee is R3500 (ex. VAT) per person.

The Big Picture

Sustainability is an often repeated and overused term but overlooked and when it comes to implementing into designs and changing behaviors to achieve lasting change. The courses centers around understanding what aspects of sustainability are relevant to our industries and within our respective industries of water, construction and power sectors can proactively respond in order to reduce the impact of global warming through our own schemes, both personal and professional.

Course Delivery and Context

This course has been designed for live on-line e-classroom delivery via Zoom, for interactive learning, in order to increase the learner’s awareness in specialist subject matter areas. It is part of the wider training Programme for Water Professionals facilitated by Isle.


The course is an introduction to sustainability and concentrates on delivering a straightforward narrative of what sustainability is, the UNs Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) the subsequent UK response with Net-Zero carbon legislations and its impacts on industry. Various quantitative and qualitative sustainability and environmental assessment methods such as carbon footprinting, water footprint, BREEAM, LEED, Natural Capital, Ecosystem Services and circular economy will be introduced at a high level. Their suitability and usefulness depending on outcomes required and industries will be explored to allow delegates to consider their suitability in their own projects.

Overall the course will simply and jargon-bust many of the green washing methods and terminologies that have infiltrated the sustainability scene and the infrastructure scenes.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for those working in the water, wastewater, environmental and sustainability sectors in the water and construction industries, who require an understating of sustainability and carbon and the current regulations and how they impact industry. No prior knowledge is required.

Course Outcomes

The following outcomes will be conveyed through interactivities, case studies, discussions and teaching.Understanding the differences between sustainability vs environment

  • Global sustainability requirements (SGDs) and how it impacts the UK sectors (Net Zero Carbon)
  • Translation of what Net Zero Carbon means for sectors and actions required
  • Jargon busting and green washing of common sustainability
  • An introduction to various Quantitative sustainability assessment methods
  • An introduction to various Qualitative sustainability assessment methods
  • Water scarcity and it’s impacts on industry and the low carbon agenda
  • Mitigation vs Adaptation strategies
  • Discussion of relevant case studies,
  • Exploration of innovate solutions and future scenarios

Delegate Course Requirements and Expectations

    Training Platform: Zoom. Please ensure that you are able to access Zoom ahead of time. We will be happy to help you test this prior to the course.

    Equipment: Laptop, with audio and visual capabilities (webcam enabled), smart phone and pen and paper

    Assumed knowledge: A basic understanding of the water sector is assumed, and satisfactory equivalent of English and Maths capability is required to proceed.

    Differently abled learners: At present we are sadly unable to offer courses that are suited for those who are vision impaired or suffer from hearing loss. We are working towards improving our service.

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD): The course syllabus will include a mandatory pre-reading list and optional post-reading. It will conclude with an online live test, and a Certificate of Attendance which can be used to claim ONE (1) CPD-points from WISA, SACNASP and ECSA will be awarded to successful learners.


    Course fees and registration

    Course fee is R3500 (ex. VAT) per person.

    Discounts of 10% are available for WISA members and bona fide full time students, multiple course participation and group registrations (3 or more learners from the same organisation).

    To register for this course contact Anita Pillay at training@wisa.org.za.

    This course is open to all water professionals living and working in any of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

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