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Sustainable Design Certificate

Sustainable Design Certificate

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 Sustainable Design Certificate is fully online and open to students studying from anywhere in the world. An undergraduate degree is recommended, but not required for enrollment in this certificate program. Courses in this program are taught at the graduate-level.

With this certificate, you can learn to design and implement design practices that improve rather than degrade the natural systems and resources upon which society relies.

Requirements and Courses

  • SUS2007 Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2013 Multiple Urbanisms: Divergence or Synergy, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2014 Sustainable Design and Preservation, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2016 Global Perspectives on Sustainable Design, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2017 Solar Energy: Design with the Sun, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2018 The Zero Energy Home: What, How and If, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2020 Green Roofs and Green Walls, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2025 Greening Existing Buildings, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2026 Greening the City, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2028 Energy Modeling in Building Design, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2029 Green Practice: Energy and Air Quality Principles, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2030 Materials, Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2032 Lighting Design for Sustainability and Health, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2033 Building Envelope, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2035 Sustainable Communities: Land Use, Transportation, and Planning, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2036 Marketing Sustainability, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2040 Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2045 Green Building and Health, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2046 Resilient Design, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2049 Design for Social Resilience, 1.5 credits
  • SUS2050 Renewable Energy Sources, 1.5 credits

Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. See what Continuing Education Courses are coming up soon.

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