The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership will not be offered for the 2013-2014 academic year. If you have already begun a certificate in sustainability leadership with at least three seminars already completed and you would like to complete your certificate, please review the seminars for our strategic communication management certificate program. As many as three seminars of your choosing may be applied to the sustainability leadership program.

The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership is designed for practitioners who want to improve their skills and knowledge of "best practices" in order to lead effective sustainability initiatives in their university, corporation, community, or municipality. The program covers core areas of sustainability practice and social entrepreneurship.

Online seminars can be taken individually (1.5 CEUs), or complete six seminars to earn a Certificate in Sustainability Leadership (9 CEUs).

Ithaca College is a provider of GBCI-approved courses for continuing education. Where noted, Sustainability Leadership seminars are GBCI-approved for continuing education credits toward LEED Certification.

Topics covered are immediately relevant to your career, providing concepts and skills necessary for you to:

  • Assess the sustainability of your organization's policies and practices.
  • Engage stakeholders to make decisions and plan activities that advance your organization’s green initiatives
  • Develop sustainability an organizational purpose
  • Design marketing and communication strategies that effectively communicate sustainability as your organization's purpose and practice
  • Establish the economic and social return on investment (ROI) of sustainability initiatives to motivate your organization to expand its efforts
  • Integrate sustainability into your business operations

Each online seminar provides practical tools and advice, as well as giving you the theoretical underpinning and professional language needed to more effectively explain and defend your strategic decisions.

This unique online professional certificate program leverages the combined strengths of Ithaca College's School of Business, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Department of Environmental Studies and Science, and our campus Sustainability Initiative which was awarded the 2008 Campus Leadership Award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Seminars are facilitated by sustainability experts, providing you with access to leaders in the field. Each seminar is a three-week experience requiring about 12-15 hours of work, including readings and participation in online discussions. The online “anytime” format gives you the flexibility to fit seminars into your busy schedule.

Program Support

Partial support for the development of this program was provided by a grant from the HSBC in the Community Foundation.

Program Endorsements

"Sustainability is an essential practice for every business and this program provides core knowledge for anyone in a leadership role."
- Nadra MacArthur, Plant HR Manager, Total Logistics

"A really important and helpful area of focus and study for anyone concerned about sustainable practices in their organization."
- Jim Del Rosso, Web and Digital Projects Manager, Catherwood Library, Cornell University

"I have been to a lot of leadership training and this gave me a fresh view of my role in advancing sustainability in my company."
- Larry Wade, Plant Manager, Perdue

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