Graduate Certificate Expectations

Students who complete the graduate certificate in Sustainability will be expected to:

  • Articulate commonly accepted definitions of sustainability and discuss various nuances among those definitions as well as engage in analytical thinking to enhance sustainability measures;
  • Address real-world problems of sustainability to reinforce and enhance their professional careers;
  • Have an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability issues, particularly as they pertain to the thematic areas of knowledge addressed by the graduate certificate (sustainability of natural systems, sustainability of managed systems, sustainability of built systems, and sustainability of human social systems);
  • Be conversant regarding acquisition and analysis of data pertinent to measuring sustainability;
  • Communicate orally, and in writing organized thoughts defining sustainability measures and technical aspects of sustainability;
  • Identify potential strategies to address sustainability using appropriate analytical methods and data and provide results of analyses of data using novel sustainability metrics and indicators;
  • Make recommendations, based on data analysis and interpretation, to advance sustainability of individuals or institutions;
  • Develop methods, techniques and tools for implementing sustainability initiatives.