Sustainable Cities and Communities Graduate Certificate
Build the knowledge and skills necessary to help cities and communities design, develop, and maintain more sustainable systems. Courses will cover sustainable practices in housing, infrastructure, transportation, and resource management in order to meet basic human needs now and in the future.
Key learning outcomes
- Understand how basic human physical, social, and psychological needs are currently addressed in urban and rural communities.
- Evaluate and compare the sustainability of communities in meeting human needs in the areas of food, water, energy, and integration of green spaces.
- Assess the ability of cities to maintain sustainable systems for transportation, safety, waste management, inclusion and accessibility, education, and disaster risk reduction.
- Understand the basic principles of sustainable planning and building, and identify opportunities for more sustainable and inclusive communities.
- Lead effectively in a variety of organizational contexts using participatory decision-making and governance principles.
This certificate has been renamed to reflect current industry terminology. Formerly, the certificate was called Green Building and Community Sustainability.
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 Sustainable Cities and Communities requires four courses or 16 credits. You may choose from the following course groups, using the certificate course search.
- Certificate core courses (choose at least 2 courses; you may select up to 4 courses)
- Certificate electives (you may select up to 2 courses; however, elective courses are not required for this certificate)