solarGraduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership will give you the training and credentials to become a sustainability champion and help your business, not-for-profit, or governmental unit take advantage of the newly emerging green economy opportunities for innovation and efficiency offered by leveraging the triple-bottom-line of people, prosperity and planet.

Graduates with a Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership will be able to:

  1. Identify the foundational literacies and concepts of sustainability associated with understanding environment, economy and society and the relationships between them.
  2. Utilize interdisciplinary perspectives for learning and application of knowledge about sustainability.
  3. Employ a systems approach to sustainability that demonstrates holistic thinking, integration and complexity.
  4. Determine appropriateness and applicability of existing sustainability tools and frameworks, such as The Natural Step (TNS), LEED, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Biomimicry, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Energy Star, Cradle to Cradle.
  5. Use the competencies of innovation and apply them in the use of sustainability as a platform for innovation.
  6. Apply collaboration and leadership skills to foster sustainability teamwork.
  7. Practice transformative thinking to become an effective change agent.
  8. Demonstrate an ethical sensibility and capacity for hope, empathy, inspiration, and optimism.
  9. Employ skills of persuasion in a variety of ways (rhetoric and argument, media, public relations, political/community organizing).
  10. Formulate and implement sustainability action plans and solutions in real-life settings (household, workplace, organizations, and community) and through civic engagement.

Graduate Certificate

Degree Requirements (15 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

Core Courses

  • SUST-S 501 Sustainability Strategies and Applications

Electives – Select three of the following:

  • SUST-S 520 Sustainability and Innovation
  • SUST-S 620 Sustainable Technologies and Alternative Energy
  • SUST-S 630 Sustainable Food Systems
  • SUST-S 660 Sustainability and the Built Environment


  • SUST-S 690 Sustainability Leadership Development and Planning


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