Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have acquired a general knowledge of environmental problems, their causes and the solution of sustainable development, and will be able to:
1. relate specific actions and functions of church facilities to their impacts on the environment and to explain these impacts to those in charge of each facility,
2. explain how the green management of a church facility could contribute to the sustainability of and area, and how a good relationship with the natural environment is part of orthodox theology,
3. calculate the ecological footprint of a facility and explain the way that the members of this facility as well as its visitors contribute to the size of this footprint,
4. compose arguments on the necessity of an environmental management plan and analyze the benefits from the application of such a plan,
5. define the targets of an environmental management plan and prioritize them according to specific criteria, compose a project timetable and budget, and coordinate the working team,
6. propose solutions that will combine the conservation of the natural environment with the conservation of the special features of church facilities.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims to familiarise students with environmental management, so that they will be able to apply their knowledge in various church facilities.
1. Current environmental issues. 2. The orthodox christian view. 3. Environmental management benefits - Sustainability - Sustainable development. 4. Environmental quality standards. 5. Application of an environmental management scheme I (needs - targets - action plan). 6. Application of an environmental management scheme II (application of the action plan - monitoring). 7. Application of an environmental management scheme III (the role of the priest). 8. Examples of environmental management I (Mt. Athos). 9. Examples of environmental management II (church facilities in Greece). 10. Examples of environmental management III (world church facilities - other religions). 11. Case study - location visit. 12. Case study - discussion of findings. 13. Paper presentation.