This starter class was developed to help you understand core concepts and tools needed to replace the linear unsustainable model. By taking this course you will learn how to advance contemporary sustainability. Think of this course as the Environmental Sustainability 101 class you didn't get in high school or university. It covers a snapshot of the environmental movements, ideologies, contemporary practices and opportunities for positive change.

IDCEC Approved


For our interior design community, this course (CEU-116136) has been reviewed and approved by the IDCEC for 1.00 CEU credit.


  • 01

    Welcome to the Course

  • 02

    What is Sustainabaility?

    • Watch: What is sustainability?

    • Read: What is Sustainability?

    • Watch: What sustainability is all about

    • Read: What Sustainability Is, and What It Is Not

  • 03

    History of Environmental Movement and Sustainability

    • Our Need for Nature

    • Watch: The Importance of Nature

    • Read: Snapshot History of Environmental Movements

    • Watch: The Anthropocene

    • Read: The Anthropocene and Planetary Boundaries

    • Read: Framing Issues

    • Read: Valuing Natural Capital

    • Read: Embracing Change

  • 04

    Environmental Theories

    • Watch: The Importance of Nature

    • Read: Intrinsic Value

    • Read: Biodiversity, Natural Capital & Eco-System Services

    • Read: Environmental Impacts

  • 05

    Sustainability Key Concepts and Terms

    • Read: Glossary of Key Sustainability Terms

    • Read: The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

    • Read: Transition to the Green Economy

    • Read: Climate Change

    • Watch: Carbon Emissions

    • Read: Ecological Footprints

    • Activity: Measure Your Ecological Footprint

    • Activity: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Challenge

    • Activity: The SDG Challenge Worksheet

  • 06

    Transition to the Circular Economy

    • Read: An overview of the Circular Economy

    • Watch: What is the Circular Economy?

    • Read: From the Linear to the Circular Economy

    • Read: Circular Economy Core Concepts

    • Download the Circular Economy ReDesign Workshop Kit

    • Read: Doughnut Economics

  • 07


    • Watch: What is Greenwashing?

    • Read: Greenwashing and Green Myths

    • Activity: Spot Greenwashing and Bust An Eco Myth

  • 08

    Additional Resources

    • Additional Resources & Links

  • 09


    • Take the short quiz

    • Continue Your Learning Journey!

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

Instructor Bio:

Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative changemaker pioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves together her skills as a designer, sociologist, and social entrepreneur to create highly immersive educative experiences. She is a renowned international expert on systems thinking and sustainability, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people with the tools to intervene and change systems to make the status quo obsolete. Sought after for her unique approach to activating positive social change by design, Leyla's main-stage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she is the author of several handbooks, as well as an op ed contributor for major publications like the New York Times.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker


Sliding scale pricing available for this course

  • Full Price

    This pricing level is for those who have the resources to contribute the full price in either one payment or two instalments. Your full price payment helps support those who otherwise would have a hard time accessing the course.

  • Supported Price

    This pricing level is for those who can contribute to the course cost, but not at the full level, however are still relatively comfortable with the cost. The supported price is equivalent to approximately half price.

  • Emerging Price

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“Working with Leyla Acaroglu in the Disruptive Design Masterclass got me to walk away from my own 'expertise.' It helped me to see how the craziest, most impossible ideas can often offer better solutions to intractable problems. It was a great experience.”

Lynda Decker

“The design process reinvigorated me. Visualizing systems integration reminded me of the solutions, and peer-to-peer collaboration reinstalled a sense of trust, vulnerability, and cohesion that completely redefined the possible.”

Jason Sandman

“The masterclass was wonderful. It provided me with a set of useful tools I can utilize to affect change in my workplace and profession and also led me to be more observant of how design affects our everyday lives. I have also become more cognizant about how much impact simple actions have on the entire system. I highly recommend the course.”

Meghan Gabriel