Applied Sustainability Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Sustainability provides a unique interdisciplinary perspective on what it takes to make urban and economic development compatible with the natural environment. The coursework guides students through the foundations of ecology; current theories of sustainability; methods for optimizing important resources such as energy and water; building management techniques; and the politics, law, and economics of the global green movement.

This certificate is appropriate for individuals currently in roles as sustainability professionals as well as those seeking to enter this expanding and high-demand field. Architects, facilities managers, city planners, and IT experts have the opportunity to fill gaps in their existing knowledge, whereas those just beginning careers in these and related fields will gain the foundation to make green thinking central to their work from the outset.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Applied Sustainability will be able to:

  • Analyze and assess the economic, environmental, political, social, and equity issues around urban environmental sustainability to prioritize and develop sustainable solutions.
  • Lead and work effectively with socially diverse stakeholder groups, to evaluate and create sustainable and equitable planning and policy options.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the legal and political dimensions of environmental protection and regulation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between human and environmental systems and environmental sustainability.
  • Incorporate broad resources and use evidence-based approaches to evaluate and create sustainable planning and policy options.