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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, nonprofit 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.

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As a sustainability student at Linfield

you might take:

Environmental Science

Introducing the scientific method as a framework to study the natural world; examination of human impacts on the environment, from local to global scales; using science as a foundation to address and reduce environmental problems. (ENVS 200)

Environmental Governance

Introduction to historical and legal frameworks for addressing environmental issues as well as the common and emerging policy approaches by which communities, businesses, and governments make decisions relating to the environment. Investigation of the multidimensional nature of environmental problems and formulation of policy solutions considering the scientific, social and political context. (ENVS 202)

Sustainability Practicum

Want to make a difference in your community? Propose, design, implement and evaluate an individualized applied learning experience in a local organization to enhance its sustainability program and/or reassess its environmental impact. Gain valuable experience in proposal writing, leadership, project management, engagement and assessment while utilizing your knowledge and skills in sustainability. (ENVS 410)

Studying sustainability at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify practical steps to help organizations and businesses achieve sustainability related goals and objectives.

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  • Demonstrate how the sustainability of human and environmental systems are interrelated.

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  • Apply and use concepts related to sustainability.

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  • Analyze policy decisions on the basis of their impacts on social and ecological systems.

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  • Describe and interpret sustainability issues from local, regional and global perspectives.

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Employment opportunities

With a sustainability certificate from Linfield, you might seek a job as:

  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Farm manager
  • Director of facilities
  • Energy manager
  • Sustainability analyst
  • Sustainability outreach specialist

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Deanna Fairchild
Deanna Fairchild
Assistant Director of Admission for Online and Continuing Education