Wilkes University

Graduate Certificate In Sustainability Management

Graduate Certificate In Sustainability Management

Program Director: Marleen Troy, Ph.D.

The online certificate in Sustainability Management is a 12-credit program that trains students in environmental sustainability standards and management practices. This program will equip students with the knowledge to take on and implement sustainability-related projects in the workplace by providing:

  • a comprehensive overview of sustainability standards
  • effective assessment practices
  • the tools to design a sustainability plan and implement solutions in the workplace

The Sustainability Management program is appropriate for students of most educational and professional backgrounds, including those working in:

  • education
  • health care
  • commercial real estate
  • manufacturing
  • non-profits
  • government

This unique learning opportunity is offered in a condensed subject-focused format, allowing students to complete the program in as little as 16 months, all while taking one class at a time. Credit is available at the graduate and undergraduate level, as well as for professional continuing education. To earn the certificate students must complete the following course series:

  • SUS 501 - Introduction To Sustainability
  • SUS 502 - Metrics Of Sustainability
  • SUS 503 - Sustainability Implementation
  • SUS 504 - Industry-Focused Sustainability

Degree Requirements

All candidates for the online certificate in Sustainability Management must complete a program of twelve (12) credits.

Sustainability Management Certificate

SUS-501. Introduction To Sustainability

Credits: 3

This course serves as an introduction to the concept of sustainability and will investigate why knowledge of sustainability issues and initiatives is an important business management and operational tool. This course is the first in a series of four courses in the Certificate Program in Sustainability Management. There are no pre-requisites for this course. 

SUS-502. Metrics of Sustainability

Credits: 3

Metrics of sustainability are the tools and procedures that are utilized to measure the impact and progress of a sustainability management program. These metrics are important because they enable goal setting and facilitate the adoption of sustainable practices. In this course current sustainability reporting and tracking systems will be studied. This course is the second in a series of four courses in the Certificate Program in Sustainability Management. SUS-501 is a pre-requisite for this course.

SUS-503. Sustainability Implementation

Credits: 3

Students will learn about implementing sustainability management systems through an in-depth study of a manufacturing facility. Key topics to be studied include: setting sustainability goals, development of an environmental policy statement, development of sustainability metrics and sustainability reporting. This course is the third in a series of four courses in the Certificate Program in Sustainability Management. SUS-501 and SUS-502 are pre-requisites for this course.

SUS-504. Industry-Focused Sustainability

Credits: 3

In this course students will perform an in-depth study of sustainability standards and practices in the context of a specific industry. This course is the last in a series of four courses in the Certificate Program in Sustainability Management. SUS-501, SUS-502, and SUS-503 are pre-requisites for this course.


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