Sustainability 101 Certification

GEF Institute offers a comprehensive certification course for Career and Technical Education students which provides the valuable knowledge and skills for students to succeed in the burgeoning green economy. 

About the Course

This self-paced, 15-hour online course is designed to equip students with a strong foundational knowledge of sustainability, the science and technology of promoting sustainability, and the balance between environmental, social, and economic concerns. The materials provide students with a thorough introduction to sustainability topics such as ecosystems, energy and water challenges, life-cycle analysis, new technology, and climate change science. The course incorporates hands-on activities, online modules, discussion forums, and dynamic instruction methods.

Students who pass the accompanying certification test receive a Sustainability Certificate. 

Online course

Download the course syllabus PDF.

Download the course outline PDF. 

Download the course overview PDF. 


The certification test is comprised of 75 multiple choice questions based on the 10 units of the course. Testing dates are established by the partnering school, and GEF Institute will host a training webinar for test administrators to learn how to run testing reports and student scores. Testing dates, course lengths, and completion certificates can be customized by the school. 

Technology Requirements

All course content, including discussion forums and the certification test, are hosted on GEF Institute's online learning platform. Students will require a high speed internet connection to take full advantage of the course video narrations and activities. 


$ 24.97 for 1 year student license*
$ 42.47 for 6 year student license*

*In e-Text and Online Course Formats