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Introduction to Sustainability Accounting

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Accounting - Technical

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Accounting and Auditing |  Professional Development |  ACPEN Industry Institute
Burt Hamner
Course Levels:
2 Hours



Sustainability Accounting is now a recognized professional skill of increasing importance in larger organizations. It is the process of finding, measuring and managing the material metrics for sustainable performance and risk management. The goal is to bring these metrics into regular financial statements so leaders can act on them.  This course teaches Sustainability Accounting basics with example from the restaurant industry.   It is suitable for any professional or student who wants to learn fast about sustainability issues in specific industry sectors and how to integrate sustainability metrics into financial accounting and reporting.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Why Sustainability Accounting is increasingly important to large organizations and to investors
  • Who are the leading organizations in SA and what are their roles
  • What have accounting associations published about SA
  • How to find sustainability metrics for specific industry sectors
  • How to find technical and management solutions for specific industry sectors
  • How to integrate with the financial reporting cycle

Major Subjects
  • History of Sustainability Accounting
  • Sustainability Metrics for Industry
  • Published Sustainability Standards
  • Roles of Accounting and Other Associations
  • Integrating Sustainability into Financial Reporting

Course Materials


Burt Hamner's Profile

Burt Hamner Related Seminars and Products

Sustainability CPE Inc.

Burt Hamner is a pioneer in Sustainability Accounting (SA). In 1993 he wrote the first Environmental Management Accounting Guidelines for the Washington Department of Ecology. These were and are fundamental in the development of SA into its new dimensions of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues.   Since 1995 he has trained over 5000 business managers in 20 countries how to implement sustainability tools and practices to increase profits and decrease risk. Burt has received dozens of awards as a professional speaker and a “Chasing Genius” Award from the National Geographic Society.   He developed this course for the Washington Society of CPAs and it has received 4.99/5 stars from 384 participants. He has earned the Credential in “Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting” from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For Public and management accountants, CFOs, sustainability and environmental managers.
Original Recording Date 03/01/2021
Yellow Book No
Course Developer Sustainability CPE Inc, Seattle, Washington
Date Added to Catalog 1/25/2021

Additional Information

Complaint Resolution Policy

Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints., (972-377-8199). 

Official Registry Statement

Business Professionals' Network, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Instructional Delivery Method

Group Internet Based

Course Registration Requirements

Online Registration

Refund/Cancellation Policy

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Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 124


John B


Paul R

"Very good background on Sustainability Accounting. Really helpful topic based as my organization has become much more intentional about sustainability."

Jabeen Q

"Thank you for providing the additional resources and a chance to be involved further as an Advisor, etc "

Susan H - Hanover, Massachusetts

"This was very helpful as we start to focus on Sustainability accounting and reporting. Loved all the examples and resources."

Elizabeth S

"Very timely subject matter. The instructor presented interesting issues affecting the profession and the society as a whole."

Merchant J

"This is an interesting and increasingly relevant topic Instructor is obviously very knowledgeable on this subject."

Rohit P

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Jeffrey H

"Great presentation and timely topic. "

Susan B - Plymouth, Michigan

"Program emphasized many practical aspects and implementable approaches, which is appreciated in the context of an intro seminar/survey course."

Byron H

"Good job!"