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Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management

Manage trade-offs with a sustainability management certificate

Simultaneously managing a company’s economic, social and financial obligations, opportunities, and risks is a challenge that comes with many rewards, from tax benefits to greater brand loyalty. The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management is designed for professionals who want to lead or build a culture of environmental sustainability. With this online, accelerated program, you will learn to apply principles of sustainable management to help any organization save energy, water and other costly resources. 

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Program Overview

Improve long-term success with efficient use of resources

If you want to help make your community or place of employment more sustainably productive and healthy, Franklin University’s Sustainability Management Graduate Certificate program is a great way for you to get the knowledge you need quickly.
Completion of the certificate program will help you meet the growing demand for business and professional leaders who can manage an increasingly scarce resource base effectively and sustainably.

Sustainable management requires integrating long-term productivity and welfare goals into strategies that responsibly affect people, profit and planet. The skills you gain will help productive enterprises and communities enhance their long-term success and well-being. You will be able to assist multiple stakeholders by guiding the efficient use of resources and evaluating trade-offs among alternatives based on their costs and benefits.

Integrate long-term productivity and welfare goals into management strategies

Learn concepts and methods of sustainable management gleaned from various fields of research on sustainability. You’ll explore alternative human interactions with the environment and understand the role of science in the development of management strategies designed to meet current and future human needs.

Create and implement effective sustainability planning

You will build a solid understanding of the significance of sustainability and learn how the development of a sustainable master plan is a critical component of putting sustainable principles into practice and achieving sustainability goals. 

Help companies conserve energy, water and other costly resources

You’ll learn about sustainability concepts in water resources and understand the challenges and benefits of sustainable management of water resources, as well as best practices for sustaining groundwater, surface water, precipitation and wastewater. You’ll also enhance your understanding of energy resources and their sustainable use. You’ll explore the connection between the prospects of renewable energy sources and technologies, and the relationship between energy and society. 

Apply conceptual knowledge to a real-world situation

Tailor the certificate to your professional interest by extending a course topic into a required comprehensive project. Completion of the certificate also requires a 15-page paper on an aspect of productive resource stewardship that demonstrates your understanding of the key issues and concepts associated with sustainability management. 

Complete your certificate in 9 months

Designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, the accelerated format allows you to complete the certificate in as few as 9 months. You have the option to complete the certificate by taking five courses online or you can choose to earn credit for practical experience by substituting one online course for an independent study. 

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

15 Semester Hours
Required Courses (15 hours)
ENV 500 - Economic Issues Sustainability Develop (3)
This course explores economic issues and principles in sustainable development practices for business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Students will be challenged to critically analyze the links between the natural environment and social institutions. Topics include both market and non-market values for environmental and social services, causes and potential solutions to environmental and social degradation, roles of the business, government, and nonprofit sectors in fostering sustainability, and the emerging field of ecological economics.
ENV 515 - Sustainable Resource Management (3)
This course introduces concepts and methods of sustainable management from various fields of research on the sustainability of alternative human interactions with the environment. It highlights the role (and limits) of science in the development of management strategies to meet current and future human needs within persistently flourishing and suitably integrated ecological, social, and economic systems. Topics addressed include strong and weak forms of sustainability, pessimistic versus optimistic scenarios, and the analysis of the resiliency and threshold dynamics of integrated, multi-scale systems.
ENV 520 - Sustainable Master Plan & Development (3)
This course will give students background information concerning what sustainability is, how the development of a Sustainable Master Plan is a critical component for reaching the goals associated with sustainability, and what the various components are that comprise a Sustainable Master Plan. The course will provide students with the basic training necessary to create a Sustainable Master Plan that will serve as a reference for the development of a parcel of land.
ENV 525 - Sustainable Enegry & Society (3)
This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of energy resources and their sustainable use, the prospects of renewable energy sources and technologies, and the relations of energy with society. Topics include basic principles of energy transformation and storage, energy technologies, critical assessments of alternative energy sources, and the role of energy markets and policies in a sustainable society. Emphasis is given to social, economic, and environmental costs and benefits of transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources.
ENV 530 - Sustainable Mgmt of Water Resources (3)
This course introduces the concepts of sustainability in water resources, acquainting students with the challenges and benefits of sustainable management of water resources. Best management practices for sustaining water resources, including groundwater, surface water, precipitation, and wastewater, are highlighted throughout the course. Topics covered include a water resources overview, the hydrologic cycle, water resource issues, and sustainable solutions. The course focuses on freshwater resources sustainability.

Program Details

Career Opportunities

Environmental Science Educator

Environmental educators work with individuals and groups in schools or in community education scenarios, such as nature preserves or nonprofits to raise awareness of environmental issues and the importance of making more sustainable choices.

Manager of a Green Business or NGO

Non-governmental organization managers create and execute strategic plans that detail an organization’s services and projects. 

Natural or Environmental Resource Manager

Natural resource managers ensure that land-related activities align with government regulations while balancing the needs of people who use land with the health of the environment. 

State or Federal Park Manager

State or federal park managers are responsible for the management and operation of the park while prioritizing land and resource conservation. 

Sustainability Analyst/Consultant

Sustainability analysts work to help companies take responsibility for how their operations affect communities, and assist with the development of environmentally friendly policies and procedures that govern the company’s operations.