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Online and Continuing Education Sustainability Certificate

Sustainability Certificate

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The Certificate in Sustainability is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to advance sustainability goals and practices within large and small business, non-profit organizations and public sector institutions. The program provides a strong foundational understanding of the social, ecological, and economic imperatives providing the foundation for sustainability theory.

The certificate also focuses on sustainable practices in major areas such as waste reduction, alternative transportation, renewable energy, green architecture and landscape design. Students who complete the certificate will have a firm understanding of how the sustainability of human and environmental systems are interrelated as well as how to take practical steps to help organizations and businesses achieve sustainability related goals and objectives.

Employment Opportunities

  • Sustainability Coordinators
  • Farm Manager
  • Director of Facilities
  • Energy Manager
  • Sustainability Analyst
  • Sustainability Outreach Specialist

Who Should Enroll

Sustainability is rapidly being incorporated into the organizational goals of large and small corporations, non-profit organizations, and public sector institutions. As a result, these organizations are hiring and promoting individuals who understand the concepts and practices associated with sustainability and can assist these organizations in achieving their sustainability related goals and objectives. This certificate program should be attractive to individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds who are interested in gaining credentials allowing them to advance in their current career or to shift their career focus to a sustainability related position.  

Courses You Will Take

Required Courses

* Denotes additional prerequisite required

ENVS 201 - Environmental Science / 4 credits
ENVS 202 - Environmental Governance / 4 credits or ANTH/ENVS 203 – Human Adaptive Strategies / 4 credits
ENVS 210 - Principles of Sustainability / 4 credits
ENVS 410 - Sustainability Practicum / 3 credits

Environmental Systems Elective / 3 credits
Choose one of the following:
ENVS 302 - Shoreline Ecology / 3 credits
ENVS 303 - Human Ecosystems / 3 credits
ENVS 304 - Climate Change / 3 credits
ENVS 305 - Environmental Issues and the Physical Sciences / 3 credits
ENVS 306 - Fire History of the Cascades / 3 credits
ENVS/HSCI 450 - Environmental Health / 3 credits

Human Dimensions Elective (4 credits)
Choose one of the following:
PHIL 306 - Environmental Ethics / 4 credits
ECON 341 - Environmental Economics* / 4 credits
*Prerequisite: ECON 210
RELS 306 - Spirituality and Care of the Earth / 4 credits

For a list of courses offered this academic year, view the Year Long Plan

Why Linfield College?

Linfield College Online and Continuing Education offers you the freedom to further your education around your current schedule and obligations since courses are 100% online. This means that you can pursue your certification on your own time and on your own terms. We are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and our online degree and certificate programs have a higher completion rate than the national average. Linfield College has been offering online courses for more than 10 years, and we offer students the support they need to succeed—including IT support to troubleshoot computer issues and keep you connected, library and research assistance, and even tutoring assistance if needed. Our faculty members are highly knowledgeable in their respective fields and are committed to academic excellence and student success. Each student at Linfield College is assigned a faculty advisor upon enrollment to offer guidance and support until graduation, and career services are available to help you make connections in your field. Our courses at Linfield College are affordable, and financial aid for online programs is also available.

I Would Like to Find Out More Information. What is the Next Step?

If you would like more information on the Sustainability Certificate program at Linfield College, our admission counselors are happy to assist you. Interested students can fill out the Request Information form or call 503-883-2213 to connect with an admission counselor.  Alternatively, those ready to invest in their future may apply now.