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Sustainability Degree Programs: Non-Degree and Certificate


INSTITUTION: Clemson University, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture--Center for Community Growth and Change; Restoration Institute
DESCRIPTION: The Center for Community Growth and Change's primary mission "is to encourage efficient and equitable management of growth and change in the natural and built environment." The Restoration Institute is newly developed and "will provide opportunities for research and lectures regarding the significant restoration economy with Charleston as a focus." Both of these centers are interdisciplinary and are housed in the department of planning and landscape.
WEBSITE: http://www.clemson.edu/caah/pla/affiliated.htm
CONTACT: 121 Lee Hall, Box 340511
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0511
Phone (864) 656-3926
Fax (864) 656-7519

INSTITUTION: Colorado State University, International Institute for Sustainable Development
DESCRIPTION: This institute offers continuing education in community based
sustainable development and is housed within the department of civil engineering. Activities at the institute include training, research, technical assistance and consultancy.
WEBSITE: http://www.colostate.edu/Orgs/IISD/about.htm
Colorado State University
1320 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1320
Phone: +1 970 491-5754
Fax: +1 970 491-2729
US Toll Free: 1-800-648-8043

INSTITUTION: Earth Council Learning Center
DESCRIPTION: "The Learning Center for Sustainable Development offers courses and programs on climate change, global trade, and sustainability that are developed and taught by international experts from the UN, governments, universities, NGOs and businesses." Courses are available in an online "e-learning" format.
WEBSITE: http://www.learnsd.org/angel/frameIndex.htm
CONTACT: 5641 Interlachen Circle
Edina, Minnesota 55436
Phone: +1-952-922-9445
Fax: l +1-206-203-3724

INSTITUTION: Ecosa Institute
DESCRIPTION: Ecosa Institute offers semester long immersion programs in sustainable design. It is incorporated into the undergraduate degree plans of many students/schools across the U.S. Many schools across the U.S. grant undergraduate credit for students participating in the Ecosa semester programs. Students may transfer credit from Prescott College for participating in Ecosa programs.
WEBSITE: http://www.ecosainstitute.org/
CONTACT: 212 B. South Marina St.
Prescott, AZ 86303
Phone: 928-541-1002
Fax: 928-776-8086

INSTITUTION: Florida Gulf Coast University, Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education
DESCRIPTION: This center has several goals, the first of which is "To provide opportunities for faculty, administrators, staff, and students from across the campus to engage in scholarly activity, teaching, and service related to environmental and sustainability education."
WEBSITE: http://www.fgcu.edu/cese/
CONTACT: Florida Gulf Coast University
Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education
10501 FGCU Blvd N.
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

INSTITUTION: Florida International University, Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Communities
DESCRIPTION: The objective of the certificate is to prepare students to participate in current environmental debates, whether through scholarship and teaching, non academic professional activities or activism. In particular, the certificate will aid students interested in natural resource management and conservation, regional and urban planning, as well as domestic and international development and policy issues. The certificate will serve students interested in pursuing careers in local, national and international government and non-governmental organizations, as well as academic careers. The program is administered through the Department of Sociology and Anthropology with the involvement of several other departments.
WEBSITE: http://www.fiu.edu/orgs/socant/SusComCertificate.htm
CONTACT: Laura A. Ogden
Certificate Coordinator
Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Florida International University
Miami, Florida 33199

INSTITUTION: Grinnell College, Global Development Studies and Environmental Studies Concentration
DESCRIPTION: The global development studies concentration is a 22 or 24 credit concentration in addition to the undergraduate major. Students take courses in different contexts such as environment and development, and participate in an internship or independent research project. Some students also study abroad in areas related to sustainable development.
WEBSITE: http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/gds/jnl/
CONTACT: Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA 50112
Phone: 641-269-3600
Fax: 641-269-4800

INSTITUTION: International Sustainable Development Programs Institute, National Outdoor Leadership School, Kalamazoo College
DESCRIPTION: This is an upper level study abroad program in which students work in the field on sustainability issues such as ecologically sensitive agroecology projects with farmers. Students study specific topics intensely in four week long block courses. The main components of the courses include people: culture and language; environment: ecology and geography; and development: sustainability and globalization.
WEBSITE: http://www.isdsi.org/courses.html
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai, 50200
Telephone/Fax: 66-53-221-399

INSTITUTION: Living Routes, Ecovillage Education
DESCRIPTION: The Living Routes organization offers accredited college-level
study abroad programs based in ecovillages around the world and works in partnership with UMass-Amherst. Students explore topics such as "sustainable community development, green building, and education for sustainability."
WEBSITE: http://www.livingroutes.org/academics.html
CONTACT: Living Routes Study Abroad
79 S. Pleasant St. Suite 302
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone Toll free: 888-515-7333
Phone Normal: 413-259-0025
Fax : 413-259-9355

INSTITUTION: Lost Valley, Intentional Community and Education Center
DESCRIPTION: Lost Valley Educational Center offers an Ecovillage and Permaculture Certificate Program. The two month residential course (offered Summer 2006) is designed to provide a holistic introduction to creating ecovillages and sustainable communities, and to integrate both the social and physical elements of ecovillages.
WEBSITE: http://www.lostvalley.org/epcp
CONTACT: Lost Valley Educational Center
81868 Lost Valley Lane
Dexter, Oregon 97431
Phone (541) 937-3351 ext 104

INSTITUTION: Michigan State University, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
DESCRIPTION: This center allows opportunities for students to investigate
sustainability related issues through Assistantships, Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants.
WEBSITE: http://www.csis.msu.edu/home.htm
CONTACT: Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
13 Natural Resources Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Phone: 517-355-1810
Fax: 517-432-1699

INSTITUTION: Michigan State University, Gender, Justice and Environmental Change
DESCRIPTION: This program allows graduate students to pursue a certification
of specialization in gender, justice, and environmental change. "The specialization is sponsored jointly by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Social Science. . . The program is designed in particular to examine these issues and processes from both local and global perspectives, challenging traditional dichotomies between the First and Third World, the North and the South."
WEBSITE: http://www.msu.edu/~gendenvr/home.htm
CONTACT: Gender, Justice and Environmental Change
c/o Women and International Development (WID)
206 International Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-5040
Fax: (517) 432-4845

INSTITUTION: Michigan Tech and Southern University, Sustainable Futures Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program
DESCRIPTION: All students in this program take coursework in a variety of areas including engineering, environmental science, social sciences, business, and international development. "One goal of the program is to enhance doctoral education by integrating the disciplines of green engineering and social sciences to produce professionals who can serve as catalysts for achieving future environmental, industrial, and societal sustainability." Undergraduate and masters level students can also be involved in the program. Stipends and assistantships are available through the program as well.
WEBSITE: http://www.sustainablefutures.mtu.edu/IGERT/index.html
CONTACT: Michigan Technological University
Sustainable Futures Institute
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan, 49931 - 1295, USA
Phone: (906)487-2551
Fax: (906)487-2822

INSTITUTION: New Jersey School of Architecture, Graduate Certificate Program in Sustainable Architecture
DESCRIPTION: Students take the following courses in this certificate program: "Introduction to Sustainable Architecture, Indoor Environmental Quality in Sustainable Designed Buildings, Sustainable Design of Energy Efficient Buildings, and Sustainable Design with Efficient Materials and Resource."
WEBSITE: http://cpe.njit.edu/Schedule/gradcertRecieve.cfm?certCode=SA&semester=Summer
CONTACT: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Division of Continuing Professional Education
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102
1-973-596-3061 or 1-800-624-9850
Fax: 1-973-596-3203

INSTITUTION: Portland State University, Professional Certificate in Sustainability
DESCRIPTION: This professonal development program draws upon PSU faculty and community expertise to create a dynamic learning experience where participants will apply sustainability concepts to real projects within their organizations. It is ideal for government agencies developing their strategic sustainability plan in accordance with the recent Governor's Executive Order; and for others who have responsibility for implementing sustainability programs in business, government and non-profits.
WEB SITE: http://www.sustain.pdx.edu/register.php
Jennifer Allen
Sustainability Registration, Env. Sci. & Resources
P.O. Box 751, Portland State Univ.
Portland, OR 97207
phone: 503-312-5801

INSTITUTION: Portland State University, Certificate in Sustainable Restaurant
and Foodservice Operations
DESCRIPTION: "A first of it kind Certificate Program for Restaurant Owners, Food and Beverage Managers, Foodservice Providers and Aligned Industry Professionals in Sustainable Operations." The first Pre-Program Orientation is September 26, 2005 with six days of classes to follow. Space is limited and registration is available online.
WEBSITE: http://www.sustainablefoodservice.com/certificate.htm
CONTACT: Sustainable Foodservice LLC
3200 NE 79th Avenue
Portland, OR 97213
Tel: 503 437 1787
Fax: 503 255 6291

INSTITUTION: University of British Columbia, Campus Sustainability Office
DESCRIPTION: This office provides a comprehensive listing of all the courses UBC offers related to sustainability and is involved in several programs on campus. It also runs SENSE: Student Electronic Network for Sustainability Education.
WEBSITE: http://www.sustain.ubc.ca/
CONTACT: The Campus Sustainability Office
Land and Building Services
2329 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604-827-5641
Fax: 604-827-5629

INSTITUTION: University of California, Berkeley, Center for Sustainable Resource Development (CSRD)
DESCRIPTION: CSRD has seven core program areas: Agriculture Policy & Resource Management, Communities & Natural Resource Management, Global Environment, Pest Management, Population & the Environment, Technology & Innovation, and Water. The center develops projects in each of these program areas.
WEBSITE: http://nature.berkeley.edu/csrd/
CONTACT: Dr. Robin Marsh, Academic Coordinator
Center for Sustainable Resource Development (CSRD)
101 Giannini Hall
Berkeley, California 94720
Phone: (510) 643-4200
Fax: (510) 642-4612 or (510) 643-4483 (backup)

INSTITUTION: University of California, Davis, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)
DESCRIPTION: "SAREP provides leadership and support for scientific research and education in agricultural and food systems that are economically viable, conserve natural resources and biodiversity, and enhance the quality of life in the state's communities." Research and education activities include participation as "speakers, moderators, and organizers in over 500 workshops, conferences and educational events."
WEBSITE: http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/staff/directory.htm
CONTACT: UC Sustainable Agriculture Research
and Education Program
University of California
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-7556
Fax: (530) 754-8550

INSTITUTION: University of Colorado, Boulder
DESCRIPTION: "Certificate programs in Sustainable Building & Energy, Sustainability Management, and Climate Literacy."
WEBSITE: http://conted.colorado.edu/programs/sustainable-practices/
CONTACT: Jim Wentworth
Academic Coordinator, Independent Learning Programs
Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 303-735-1005
Toll free: 800-331-2801

INSTITUTION: University of Florida, Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program
DESCRIPTION: This program offers an interdisciplinary certificate and
concentration program to students enrolled in Master's or Ph.D. programs at UF. The program includes coursework from 20 different departments and includes a "wide range of interdisciplinary themes such as community-based conservation, gender and natural resource management, environmental law, population and environment, land use and land cover change, and the ecological bases of wildlife conservation."
WEBSITE: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/tcd/
CONTACT: Tropical Conservation and Development Program
Center for Latin American Studies
University of Florida
304 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115531
Gainesville, FL 32611-5531
Phone: (352) 392-6548
Fax: (352) 392-0085

INSTITUTION: University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment
DESCRIPTION: Faculty and students at the university are involved in projects and research related to sustainability through this institute.
WEBSITE: http://gladstone.uoregon.edu/~enviro/
CONTACT: 130 Hendricks Hall
5247 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5247
(541) 346-0675

INSTITUTION: University of Pittsburgh, Green Construction and Sustainable Development Program, School of Engineering
DESCRIPTION: The Green Construction and Sustainable Development Program in Construction Management is part of the civil and environmental engineering department. Current course topics include green building design and assessment tools, campus-scale environmental assessments, and advanced topics in life cycle analysis.
WEBSITE: http://www.engr.pitt.edu/civil/research/Centers/
CONTACT: Robert Ries, Ph.D., Director
Green Construction and Sustainable Development Program
949 Benedum Hall
3700 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-9548
Fax: (412) 624-0135

INSTITUTION: University of Pittsburgh, The Mascaro Sustainability Initiative, School of Engineering
DESCRIPTION: "The University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering recently announced the creation of the Mascaro Sustainability Initiative aimed at initiating and nurturing research and education in the research thrust areas of green construction and sustainable water use."
WEBSITE: http://www.engr.pitt.edu/msi/
CONTACT: Gena Kovalcik, Co-Director
Administration & External Relations
1140 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-624-9698

INSTITUTION: University of Washington, Environmental Management Certificate Program
DESCRIPTION: "The 21-credit certificate program normally can be completed in one academic year and is designed to supplement graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines, including business, public policy, social sciences, biological sciences, engineering, physical science, public health, marine and ocean sciences, and architecture. Students currently accepted to a graduate degree program at the UW are eligible to apply."
WEBSITE: http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/gradprograms/envmgt/req.html
CONTACT: Elizabeth K. Scott
Graduate Program Coordinator
Program on the Environment
274 Mary Gates Hall
Mailstop 352802
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2802
Tel. (206) 221-6129
Fax (206) 616-2465

INSTITUTION: University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, Global Educator Certificate Program
DESCRIPTION: "The Global Educator Graduate Certificate is 16-18 graduate credits (post bachelor’s study) that provide an overview, theory, philosophy, and historical and current perspectives on issues surrounding education, program development, and global citizenship. The Global Educator Certificate program is designed to be a cohort of students with a shared learning experience that will prepare them to teach their own students and colleagues to be educated global citizens." The program includes study of the Earth Charter document which is endorsed by the University.
WEBSITE: http://www.uwosh.edu/grad_school/documents/globaledappinfo.pdf
CONTACT: University of Wisconsin
Office of Graduate Studies
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: (920) 424-1223; (920) 424-7247

INSTITUTION: Virginia Tech, New Program Initiatives
DESCRIPTION: Virginia Tech is offering an integrated series of courses that allows undergraduates to complete their core curriculum requirements for the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts with a spiraling curriculum over 4 semesters. The overall theme and name of the series is "Earth Sustainability." Semester 1 is focused on Water; semester 2 on energy and shelter; semester 3 on food and agriculture; and semester 4 on waste, consumption, and human health. Virginia Tech is also in the process of developing a new undergraduate degree INSTITUTIONd "Humanities, Science, and Environment". This program draws from courses and faculty resources across the university; it combines the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to investigate the relationship between humans and the natural world.
WEBSITE: www.vt.edu (website under development)
CONTACT: Earth Sustainability Core Project
Phone: 540 231-4466
New undergraduate degree proposal
Phone: 540 231-5195

INSTITUTION: Virginia Tech, Projects in the Science Education Department
DESCRIPTION: The science education department is involved in several projects related to sustainability and education, including: 1. The Malawi Project on Sustainability, Culture, and Education (supported by USAID), 2. Earth Systems Connections: Elementary Curriculum Development Project (supported by NASA), 3. Nano2Earth: Introducing Nanotechnology through Investigations of Groundwater Pollution (supported by NSF), 4. Global Learning Communities: 1420 Foundation (led by Dr. Brenda Brand and supported by Verizon)
WEBSITE: http://www.tandl.vt.edu/scied/projects.htm (website under development)
CONTACT: Science Education Program
Department of Teaching and Learning
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0313
Phone: 540-231-8346

INSTITUTION: Washington State University, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
DESCRIPTION: This center is devoted to sustainable issues and participates in several activities at the university including: Biologically Intensive Agriculture & Organic Farming (BIOAg), Climate Friendly Farming, Community Capacity Building and Conflict Resolution, Education on Farming & Food Systems, Policy Research & Education, and Small Farms Program.
WEBSITE: http://csanr.wsu.edu/AboutCSANR/index.htm
Washington State University
7612 Pioneer Way
Puyallup, WA 98371-4998
Tel. (253) 445-4626
Fax: (253) 445-4579

INSTITUTION: Wayne State University, College of Engineering
DEGREE OFFERED: Alternative Energy Technology Graduate Certificate
DESCRIPTION: The Alternative Energy Technology Graduate Certificate will require a minimum of 12 credits. The core course: AET 5120 is required, and a maximum of 4 credits is allowed in Research or Directed Studied. The program will be open to students with a Bachelor's degree in engineering, and in other mathematics-based sciences in exceptional cases. Should a student become interested later in pursuing the proposed master's degree after completing the graduate certificate, 8 of the 12 certificate credits can be transferred toward the master's degree.
WEBSITE: http://www.eng.wayne.edu/page.php?id=1594
CONTACT: Alternative Energy Technology Program
College of Engineering
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202

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