Environmental Certification and Eco-labelling Schemes

CMM34 Elective course [Reading Course] 2 ECTS
Period W1-W2 3.01.15 - 16.01.15
Instructor Dagný Arnarsdóttir

Description

The course gives a general introduction to environmental certification and eco labelling schemes relevant for coastal or marine management, including historic development, rationale and corporate environmentalism. First, second and third party labelling schemes will be explained.

Then, the focus will be on components and use of environmental certification and eco labelling schemes, followed by examples and case studies. Students will review the rationale for environmental certification and eco labelling schemes, as well as their principles, components, use and common criticism.

Examples of environmental certification and eco labelling schemes relevant for coastal or marine management are: ISO 14020 environmental management series, Blueflag certification, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and Marine Aquarium Council (MAC).

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • select, recommend and defend a specific environmental certification program or an eco labelling scheme relevant for coastal or marine management, for a given context
  • constructively criticise a presentation/briefing of a specific environmental certification program or an eco labelling scheme relevant for coastal or marine management, for a given context

Assessment

  • Evaluation of an environmental certification program or an eco labelling scheme, relevant for coastal or marine management, for a given context (supplied by instructor). Individual assignment 60% of final grade
  • Peer-review of two other student's performance. Individual assignment 40% of final grade

Instructor

Dagný Arnarsdóttir is the program director of the Coastal and Marine Management program. She holds a master's degree from the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) program at the University of Iceland (UI). In her master's thesis, Dagný studied the Corporate Social Responsibility discourse in Iceland and based her methodology on similar researches on climate change discourses in neighboring countries. Parallel with her masters studies 2006-2009, Dagný worked as a freelance assistant for Iceland's Specialist Committee for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, did an internship for the Environmental Agency of Iceland where she proposed a national sustainability indicator set, worked project based for the Icelandic Association of Environmental Scientists (FUMÍ), taught ethics at Reykjavik's Adult Education Center and, for two years, was the coordinator for the ENR masters program at UI.

Extracurricular activities: In the winter of 2007-2008, Dagný was the chairman of Gaia - ENR master's program student community. In 2011, she will be chairing the Icelandic Association of Environmental Scientists (FUMÍ).
Dagný has been the program director of the CMM masters program at the University Centre of the Westfjords since December 2009.

Guest lecturer

Further reading

Readings and further readings will be posted on the course website on UW intranet.