Sustainability Management Certificate

Sustainable practices and social responsibility are growing priorities for businesses nationwide. Position yourself for professional growth with Wilkes University’s 12-credit Sustainability Management Certificate program.

Apply to the Sustainability Management Certificate Program

College of Business and Engineering Virtual Graduate Open House

Monday, July 22, 2024 | 4 PM
Monday, September 16, 2024 | 4 PM

Join the College of Business and Engineering (COBE) faculty and staff during the virtual open houses to learn more about the offered programs within COBE. In each session, the COBE team will be eager to answer questions and provide you with the following:

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Business, Engineering, Technology Career & Internship Fair

Tuesday, October 1, 2024 | 10 AM

Employers are seeking talented Wilkes students and alumni with skills in business, engineering and technology at this Fair.

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Interested in Pursuing an MBA?

Students in the Sustainability Management Certificate program who have an interest in MBA classes may also opt to earn the Sustainability Management Certification by substituting either MBA 512 (Managerial Statistics) or MBA 580 (Social, Legal, and Ethical Concepts) for SUS 504.

More about the MBA Stackable Certificate Program

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is the smart management of natural resources that results in both efficiency and profitability. More and more organizations are striving to be environmentally conscious and socially responsible. Lead the movement in your industry with this accelerated, 12-credit program.

ISSP Partner

Wilkes is a proud education partner of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. This designation means that we're a recognized leader in delivering sustainability-related educational opportunities to current and aspiring sustainability professionals. Students who complete our program will be prepared to sit for ISSP exams.

Who can benefit from this certificate program?

Sustainability is becoming commonplace in organizations large and small. Advancing your knowledge in sustainability practices will benefit you and your employer, resulting in operational efficiencies and a socially conscious reputation. Sustainability management is a company-wide philosophy and involves many different departments. This program is relevant for those in communications, engineering, finance, facilities, fleets, healthcare, human resources, legal, operations and real estate. In addition, the program is designed for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education credit.

If your organization is forming a "Green Team," the skills you learn in this program will make you an invaluable member of the team. Be prepared to successfully contribute to the planning, doing, checking and acting components of your sustainability program.

What will students take away from this program?

Upon successful completion of the Sustainability Management certificate program, students will:

  • Be familiar with the terminology and implementation strategies for sustainability management
  • Learn about "sustainability champions" in your field
    • Who are they and what lessons have they learned that can help you?
  • Learn about the latest sustainability management tools
    • how to assess your organization's current status and target areas for improvement
    • how to set goals, measure, and track progress
    • how to conduct waste audits, a carbon footprint analysis, and energy assessments
  • Learn how to communicate and disseminate information, both internally and externally, about your organization's sustainability programs
  • Create implementation-ready initiatives and programs in your discipline

Program Format

The program is held completely online. It consists of four 3-credit courses held in seven-week sessions that prepare students in sustainability standards and management practices. Students can complete the program in 16 months, while taking one course at a time.

Continuing Education Credit

The Certificate in Sustainability Management may also be taken for continuing education credit. Wilkes University is a provider of continuing education in Pennsylvania through the State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.

Participants who complete each course will receive a certificate for 135 PDH units, or Professional Development Hours.

If you are interested in continuing professional education, please contact:

Margaret Petty
Director, Center for Continued Learning
(570) 408-4460