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Nature & Environment 

Managing for sustainability

This module will increase your understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management. You will develop a multidisciplinary perspective on resources, sustainability and health and safety management which will incorporate strategy, policy, data collection and knowledge management. It will introduce you to a systemic approach for studying organisational operations and methods for quantifying and optimising resource use and energy use while using tools to reduce environmental, societal and financial risk. You will also learn how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness with which your organisation can incorporate sustainability issues and to identify future trends and drivers for change in this area. This module is delivered entirely online.

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There’s only one woman on the UK Brexit negotiating team – here’s why that matters article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

There’s only one woman on the UK Brexit negotiating team – here’s why that matters

It has emerged that the team being sent to Brussels to lead on talks to take Britain out of the EU includes just one woman – out of nine named negotiators.

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What does scientific evidence tell us about making our homes energy efficient? article icon

Money & Business 

What does scientific evidence tell us about making our homes energy efficient?

There's lots of advice about how to save money by making your house more efficient. But how much of it is just - ho ho - hot air? Meet a man who built a house in a lab to find out.

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Money & Business 

Eric Born on global logistics

Winstanton Chief Executive Eric Born tells The Open University's Leslie Budd about a huge, sophisticated business: global logistics

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5 mins
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The rational reasons that drive energy efficiency video icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

The rational reasons that drive energy efficiency

Charlie Wilson discusses the emotional, aesthetic and social motivations that encourage homeowners to install energy efficient measures

Video
15 mins
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Theo's Adventure Capitalists: Six months on: Regenatec video icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Theo's Adventure Capitalists: Six months on: Regenatec

Regenatec had plans to take their biofuels to the India market. We caught up with them to find out how things were working out.

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10 mins
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And the household energy efficiency award goes to... video icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

And the household energy efficiency award goes to...

John Willis and Elliot Simm both won Ashden Awards for their work to improve the energy efficiency of homes using renewable energy sources and a whole-house approach

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10 mins
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Back to (energy efficiency) school

Okehampton College’s 2010 Ashden Award recognises its work to cut energy consumption through improvements in energy efficiency and the installation of renewable energy technology

Video
10 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Integrated health, safety and environmental management

Just how dangerous is the everyday workplace? What can be done to mitigate risks and avoid hazards? And what trade-offs have to be made between the competing demands of safety, efficiency and wider social responsibility? This album looks at three very different case studies - farming, food manufacturing and urban redevelopment - and explores the varying approaches to risk management within each different sphere. It includes a visit to Fox's Biscuits and Brooksby Agricultural College in the UK and the city of Pittsburgh in the USA, and includes interviews with participants, academics and professional experts. The material forms part of The Open University course T835, Integrated health, safety and environmental management.

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1 hr 15 mins
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Nature & Environment 

Energy efficiency: hospitals

What strategies can hospitals adopt to reduce their impact on the local and global environment? How might they reduce the carbon footprint of vehicles transporting patients, visitors and goods? This album visits three hospitals which have adopted green approaches to energy efficiency, by cutting electricity consumption, reducing traffic volume, and even generating their own renewable energy. This material forms part of The Open University course T206 Energy for a sustainable future.

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30 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Supply chains: healthcare

From surgical tools to obstetric instruments, personalised colostomy bags to hip implants, the UK's National Health Service requires an astonishing number of products to be manufactured, delivered and routinely managed. What happens behind the scenes to ensure the systems function smoothly? This album focuses on the different roles of B.Braun, a large supplier of medical equipment which also provides customised services for patients. In this time-critical setting, their supply chain processes must be organised with scrupulous efficiency. This material forms part of The Open University course T882 Supply chain innovation, strategy and management.

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55 mins
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Nature & Environment 

Simon Nurse's story

Explore the personal side of climate change with Simon Nurse's diary entry.

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