Green Building and Community Sustainability Certificate
Build the knowledge and skills necessary to help communities design and develop more sustainable housing and transportation options.
Key learning outcomes
- Understand the tenets of green building, including water, energy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction.
- Implement greenhouse gas emission management principles, such as emission reduction goals, accounting techniques and standards, and comprehensive emissions reduction plans.
- Analyze energy audits, conservation measures, codes and standards, and daylight simulation/modeling tools for various building types.
- Lead effectively in a variety of organizational contexts using change management principles.
No application is required. You simply register for graduate courses during our fall, spring, or summer registration periods.
Earning the Certificate
To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:
- Complete four certificate courses for graduate credit.
- Earn at least a B grade in each course.
- Complete the courses within three years.
The professional graduate certificate in Green Building and Community Sustainability requires four courses:
- Certificate core courses (choose at least 2 courses; you may select up to 4 courses)
- Certificate electives (formerly knowledge courses) (you may select up to 2 courses; however, elective courses are not required for this certificate)
Effective Fall 2017, the Green Building and Community Sustainability certificate has a new configuration. Students who started coursework in Summer 2017 or before may choose to use the new configuration or may continue with the previous certificate configuration (i.e., two knowledge courses and two skills courses); students have three years from the date of their first course to complete the certificate.
All students will use the same Certificate Tracker in Online Services, regardless of which configuration they are pursuing.
Courses taken before the 2013–14 academic year do not apply toward this certificate.