Our built environment consumes the majority of the energy and resources we use as a society; it is imperative that we design and implement design practices that improve rather than degrade the natural systems upon which we rely. The Sustainable Design Certificate provides knowledge and expertise in sustainable design and construction of the built environment that can lead to career advancement in a wide range of fields. Designers, construction personnel, property managers, building department officials, facilities professionals, engineers and many other professional roles can benefit from a rigorous curriculum in sustainable best practices.
"The classes were significantly more demanding and rigorous than I had anticipated for online education, and I found that there was a very positive, stimulating aspect to the wide diversity of student backgrounds."
—Elizabeth Russini, architect
The Sustainable Design Certificate is fully online and open to students studying from anywhere in the world.
Enrollment in the Sustainable Design Certificate* requires the submission of the Certificate Enrollment Form to Continuing Education in the Registrar's Office. For additional information, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 617.585.0135.
Certificate students must begin academic coursework in the program within two academic semesters of submitting the enrollment materials.
*An undergraduate degree is recommended, but not required for enrollment in the certificate program. Courses in this program are taught at the graduate-level.
The Sustainable Design Certificate program requires the completion of six courses for a total of 9 credits. Sustainable Design Certificate students take the same courses as graduate students in the Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design program. Certificate courses are transferable into the MDS Sustainable Design program. Students must hold a Bachelor's degree to apply to the Master's program.
Six Courses / 9 Credits
Students can choose six courses from the Sustainable Design Certificate curriculum below to meet their particular interests and goals. There are many course options; including topics in energy and resource use, water and air quality, healthy materials, preservation, construction management and land use. All Sustainable Design courses are approved for AIA Learning Units.
Courses offered vary by semester. Visit Continuing Education Courses for current offerings. Click below for course descriptions.
- SUS2007 Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking
- SUS2013 Multiple Urbanisms: Divergence or Synergy
- SUS2014 Sustainable Design and Preservation
- SUS2015 The Urgent & Hopeful Future of Sustainable Design
- SUS2016 Global Perspectives on Sustainable Design
- SUS2017 Solar Energy: Design with the Sun
- SUS2018 The Zero Energy Home: What, How and If
- SUS2019 Green Residential Remodeling and Renovation
- SUS2020 Green Roofs and Green Walls
- SUS2023 Residential Energy Modeling
- SUS2025 Greening Existing Buildings
- SUS2026 Greening the City
- SUS2029 Green Practice: Energy and Air Quality Principles
- SUS2030 Materials, Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality
- SUS2032 Day-lighting and State-of-the-Art Electric Lighting
- SUS2033 Building Envelope
- SUS2035 Sustainable Communities: Land Use, Transportation, and Planning
- SUS2036 Marketing Sustainability
- SUS2040 Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities
- SUS2045 Green Building and Health
- SUS2046 Resilient Design
- SUS2049 Design for Social Resilience
- SUS2050 Renewable Energy Sources