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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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Core Concepts in Sustainability

Course Description

This self-paced, 6-hour online course is designed to equip students with a strong foundational knowledge of sustainability and the balance between environmental, social, and economic systems. The materials provide students with a thorough introduction to sustainability topics. The course incorporates hands-on activities, online modules, discussion forums, and dynamic instruction methods.

Certificates and Credit

This course is a requirement to earn the Sustainability Professional Certificate. It is also a prerequisite to earn the Sustainability Fellow Certificate.

$150.00 per individual Add To Cart Smlr 

$10.97 for 1 year student license*

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define sustainability and describe the environmental, economic, and social aspects of the triple bottom line.
  • Differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, and identify the key components of the green economy.
  • Understand the role of the U.S. and European industrial revolutions on the human ecological footprint and the ways in which developing nations are following suit.
  • Identify the multiple contributors to human’s ecological footprint, including agriculture, energy, food, poverty, and the built environment.

Instructional Resources

The 6 hours of directed instruction is accessed online through any internet connection. The course consists of three sequential units which contain all of the instructional resources participants will need to complete the course. These include a variety of instructional formats, such as video, animations, presentations, guided activities, and readings.