Take Individual Course Units

Work toward your Sustainability Certificate by taking individual course units from the Core Concepts and Advanced Concepts in Sustainability online courses. 

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Bright Future Upon successful enrollment, you will have immediate access to your course materials and 90 days to complete all required course components. Each course features engaging learning tools including videos, readings, quiz, activities and discussion forum. 

Individual Course Units $50 USD each

Each of the 1.5 hour units that comprise Core Concepts in Sustainability and Advanced Concepts in Sustainability are sold separately. Please note that these units are packaged as part of GEF Institute's Certificates in Sustainability course requirements. By taking individual course units you have the option to work toward a certificate in sustainability at your own pace. Learn more about boosting your credibility in the workplace with an Institute certificate here.  

Introduction to Sustainability $50 USD

This self-paced 1.5 hour online course provides the foundation of knowledge for all of GEF Institute's online courses. In it, students learn to define sustainability, its purposes, challenges and requirements. 

Core Concepts in Sustainability $100 USD

This self-paced, 3-hour online course is designed to equip students with a strong foundational knowledge of sustainability and the balance between environmental, social, and economic systems. It's recommended that students complete Introduction to Sustainability prior to this course. Furthermore, by completing Introduction to Sustainability and the Core Concepts course you have met the requirements for the Sustainability Professional Certificate.

Advanced Concepts in Sustainability $350 USD

This approximately self-paced 10.5 online course provides students with a thorough expansion on sustainability topics such as ecosystems, energy and water challenges, life-cycle analysis and new technology. It's recommended that students complete Introduction to Sustainability and Core Concepts in Sustainability prior to this course. Furthermore, upon completion of those prerequisite courses and the Advanced Concepts course, you have met the requirements for the Sustainability Fellow Certificate

Water and Sustainability $125 USD

This course is a comprehensive treatment of the environmental, social, and economic concerns associated with water and sustainability. Participants examine key issues, including water science, aquatic ecosystems, water pollution, human water systems, the global water crisis, water footprints, and sustainable water technology. The course is appropriate for newcomers, as well as those who have familiarity with the topic and want a greater breadth and depth of understanding.

Course Length and Format: Available now on-demand. Course is self-paced, approximately 3.5 hours

K-12 Sustainability Education Strategies $250 USD

This 7.5 hour online course consists of five units designed specifically for K-12 educators and administrators interested in integrating sustainability education into their classrooms and schools. The course package is designed as an add-on to the Institute’s foundation course, Sustainability Concepts. However, teachers with a prior knowledge of sustainability topics may enroll independent of the foundation course.

.5 academic credit and .75 CEU are available from the Institute's partnering university

Blueprint for Sustainability Literacy $500 USD

GEF Institute’s Blueprint for Sustainability Literacy is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide for integrating sustainability into existing K-12 coursework. The Blueprint is an instrumental resource for educators of all grades looking to teach and learn sustainability concepts. By extracting some of the main topics covered in National and Common Core standards in Science, English-Language-Arts and Social Studies, the Blueprint aims to provide educators with a holistic knowledge of sustainability and its incorporation into material they’re already familiar with. GEF provides teachers with all the resources with which they can integrate this knowledge into their existing course load.