Meet the Growing Demand for Sustainability Experts With 100% Online Training!

Sustainability is no longer just an option; consumers now demand it. Which means that both for-profit and non-profit organizations are actively seeking sustainability experts. Sustainability training online from the University of Vermont can enable you to become the driving force in the transformation of your organization.

Choosing the most appropriate program depends on your knowledge, skills and experience and, of course, your ultimate goals. The information below will help you determine whether our eight-week courses or our specialized mini-courses are right for you.

I. Specialized Mini-Course Series

  • Our Specialized Mini-Courses cover specific high-demand skills in sustainability and are designed for business professionals seeking to quickly acquire skills in sustainable supply chain management, sustainability generalists with a need to recognize and implement these specific sustainability concepts, and self-taught individuals who comprehend the basics but need a more complete understanding of a specific area of sustainability.
  • With these courses you will have instant access to program content for 4 weeks. Enrollment is open; there are no pre-requisites.

II. Eight-Week Course Series

  • Our eight-week courses are designed to prepare professional for a variety of sustainability-related careers, including positions such as director of sustainability, green marketer, environmental sustainability coordinator and environmental management system specialist.
  • With these courses you will have 8 weeks access to program content. New sessions start monthly. Enrollment is open; there are no pre-requisites.

Sustainability Courses

Sustainable Supply Chain Mini-Course $599

CEUs 2.25 | Contact Hours 25

Supply chain sustainability is of utmost importance when setting corporate agendas. Attaining triple bottom line sustainability in the supply chain translates to maximizing business channels, starting with its concept and development, into all stages of production, up to final customer distribution. Look into topics such as how to apply sustainability in functional business areas across the supply chain, green procurement, vertical integrations, transportation and logistics. This mini-course covers the must-know principles, strategies and best practices for an efficient corporate sustainable supply chain.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online four-week mini-course is intended for professionals who comprehend the basics of sustainability but need a more complete understanding of sustainability's application in supply chain management.

What You’ll Study

Intro to Sustainability
  • History of Sustainability, Business Sustainability
  • Introduction to Systems Thinking and Life Cycle Thinking
  • Sustainability Profit, Improved Productivity and Promoting Innovation
Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Creating a Green Procurement Policy and Its Challenges
  • Case Study: P&G Supplier Scorecards
  • Vertical Integration, Local Sourcing and Packaging
Product Design, Transportation and Logistics
  • Principles of Eco-Design With Example
  • Introduction to LCAs, LCA Standards and Tools
  • Sustainability Impacts Involving Freight/Shipping With Case Study
Measuring, Tracking, Reporting Sustainability
  • Environmental Accounting: Introduction, Collecting and Organizing Sustainability Data
  • Carbon Accounting Basics and Carbon Accounting Software
  • Organizational and Product Carbon Footprints

Sustainability in Energy Mini-Course $599

CEUs 2.25 | Contact Hours 25

As one of the most expensive and unmanaged cost items for any company, energy efficiencies and sustainable energy sources are at the root of any sustainability operations plan. In this course we will examine energy systems from renewable energies to solar, hydropower, wind and more, learn the impacts of energy in the sustainability plan and how to audit, analyze, account for, benchmark and track progress in your energy plan. With the rising costs of energy demanding more attention, you’ll learn the key components to help apply a successful energy program, forged in sustainability, for your organization.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online four-week mini-course is intended for professionals who comprehend the basics of sustainability but are looking to gain a more complete understanding how sustainability can impact their business' bottom line.

What You’ll Study

Intro to Sustainability
  • History of Sustainability, Business Sustainability
  • Introduction to Systems Thinking and Life Cycle Thinking
  • Sustainability Profit, Improved Productivity and Promoting Innovation
Energy Efficiency
  • Efficiency Terms, Energy Auditing, Management and Strategies
  • Sustainability Impacts of IT and Green IT Purchasing
  • Virtualization, Data Center Greening and Vampire Energy
Renewable Energy
  • Renewable Energy Trends and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)  
  • Solar PV and Solar Thermal Energy
  • Wind, Geothermal, Wave, Biomass and Hydropower Energy
Measuring, Tracking, Reporting Sustainability
  • Environmental Accounting: Introduction, Collecting and Organizing Sustainability Data
  • Carbon Accounting Basics and Carbon Accounting Software
  • Organizational and Product Carbon Footprints

Sustainability in Education Mini-Course $599

CEUs 2.25 | Contact Hours 25

As a model for sustainable campus operations, the University of Vermont brings the concepts of green purchasing, waste management, recycling, and efficient energy and resource management to the educational campus level through this program. Learn how to infuse sustainability into student life, the curriculum, campus operational systems and more to bring change for the future of sustainability in the educational environment and beyond.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online four-week mini-course is intended for higher education leaders and operations professionals who comprehend the basics of sustainability but need a more complete understanding of how sustainability can be applied to their campus operations.

What You’ll Study

Intro to Sustainability
  • History of Sustainability, Business Sustainability
  • Introduction to Systems Thinking and Life Cycle Thinking
  • Sustainability Profit, Improved Productivity and Promoting Innovation
Sustainable Operations on Campus
  • Overview of Campus Energy Use, Strategies and Management
  • Renewable Energy Trends on Campuses and Green Building Design
  • Hierarchy of Waste Minimization Strategies
Implementation on Campus
  • Creating a Procurement Policy, the Role of Student Affairs and C-Curricular Education
  • Project Based Learning: Using the Campus as a Living Lab
  • Facilitating a Successful Community Process/Institutionalizing Sustainability
Measuring, Tracking, Reporting Sustainability
  • Environmental Accounting: Introduction, Collecting and Organizing Sustainability Data
  • Carbon Accounting Basics and Carbon Accounting Software
  • Organizational and Product Carbon Footprints

Sustainability & Green Building Mini-Course $599

CEUs 2.25 | Contact Hours 25

Sustainability and Green Building provides a real-world view and applied principles for the environmental impact of building and construction, and the profound effect they have on communities and our planet. You will delve into green building standards, energy efficiencies for green building, green leasing, urban design, and eco villages, just to name a few of the covered topics. You’ll also learn the role municipalities play in promoting sustainability, as well as operational conservation techniques.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online four-week mini-course is intended for professionals who comprehend the basics of sustainability but desire a more complete understanding of the growing industry of green building and construction.

What You’ll Learn

Intro to Sustainability
  • History of Sustainability, Business Sustainability
  • Introduction to Systems Thinking and Life Cycle Thinking
  • Sustainability Profit, Improved Productivity, and Promoting Innovation
Green Building: Part 1
  • Green Building Trends and Standards, Green vs. Preservation
  • Principles of Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Design
  • Principles of Permaculture, Xeriscaping, Green Operations and Maintenance
Green Building: Part 2
  • Renewable Energy Trends/Solar PV Energy and Biomimicry
  • Water Conservation Strategies and Indoor Air Quality
  • Health and Safety Categories and the Role of Municipalities
Measuring, Tracking, Reporting Sustainability
  • Environmental Accounting: Introduction, Collecting and Organizing Sustainability Data
  • Carbon Accounting Basics and Carbon Accounting Software
  • Organizational and Product Carbon Footprints

 

Sustainable Resource Management Mini-Course $599

CEUs 2.25 | Contact Hours 25

What are the impacts of climate change? How can we manage waste more effectively or even practice zero waste? What are the current recycling trends and how are they operationalized? In this mini-course we will take a look at the resources we use, from water conservation to peak oil and biofuels. We’ll compare organics to GMOs and assess sustainable agricultural standards and biodynamic farming. You’ll observe our world’s resources through a sustainable lens allowing you to apply proficient and effective resources management strategies to your sustainable operations.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online four-week mini-course is intended for professionals who comprehend the basics of sustainability but need a more complete understanding of sustainability's as it applies to resource management.

What You’ll Learn

Intro to Sustainability
  • History of Sustainability, Business Sustainability
  • Introduction to Systems Thinking and Life Cycle Thinking
  • Sustainability Profit, Improved Productivity and Promoting Innovation
Resource Management: Part 1
  • Impacts of Climate Change and Classifying Waste
  • Personal Carbon and Ecological Footprints
  • Renewable Energy, Water, Recycling and Efficiency Trends and Terms
Resource Management: Part 2
  • Water Footprinting and Conservation Strategies
  • Bio Diversity, Bio Fuels and Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Biodynamic Farming, Organics and Sustainable Agricultural Standards
Measuring, Tracking, Reporting Sustainability
  • Environmental Accounting: Introduction, Collecting and Organizing Sustainability Data
  • Carbon Accounting Basics and Carbon Accounting Software
  • Organizational and Product Carbon Footprints

Sustainable Communities, Government & Policy Mini-Course $599

CEUs 2.25 | Contact Hours 25

Policy leaders can change the rules of the game at a moment’s notice. Basic human rights, unionization, lobbying and public policy are all portions of the social justice puzzle that also impact both practices and policy in the corporate setting. We will examine volunteerism and its impact on sustainable communities, learn the role of municipalities in promoting sustainability and investigate the context and relation of social responsibility to corporate governance. You’ll also discover how sustainability policy and spheres of influence meet up with communities and companies for a sustainable framework steeped in basic human rights.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online four-week mini-course is intended for professionals who comprehend the basics of sustainability but are looking to gain a more thorough understanding of the way the attitudes, thoughts and actions of the community and policy makes affect sustainability initiatives.

What You’ll Learn

Intro to Sustainability
  • History of Sustainability, Business Sustainability
  • Introduction to Systems Thinking and Life Cycle Thinking
  • Sustainability Profit, Improved Productivity, and Promoting Innovation
Community
  • Identifying Your Community, Social Justice Challenges and Municipalities Involved in Sustainability Promotion
  • Philanthropy, Sustainability and Cause-Based Marketing
  • Measuring Volunteering’s Impact and Employee Volunteer Programs
Government and Policy
  • Diversity, Biodiversity and Human Rights
  • Unionization, Collective Bargaining and Corporate Government
  • Lobbying, Public Policy and Sustainability Information Resources
Measuring, Tracking, Reporting Sustainability
  • Environmental Accounting: Introduction, Collecting and Organizing Sustainability Data
  • Carbon Accounting Basics and Carbon Accounting Software
  • Organizational and Product Carbon Footprints

Principles & Strategies for Sustainability $1,180

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

The critical need that organizations have for improving their Triple Bottom Line (people, planet, profit) has created an incredible demand for individuals who have a firm command of sustainability and innovation. In Principles & Strategies for Sustainability, you’ll learn the emerging trends at the global, local and business levels that are pushing sustainability to the forefront of public attention.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online eight-week course is intended for executives interested in leading sustainability initiatives, sustainability coordinators, business operations professionals, social entrepreneurs, professionals just entering the sustainable field and many more.

What You’ll Study

Defining Sustainability
  • History of Sustainability and Common Sustainability Terminology
  • Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development
  • Best Sustainable Resources
Sustainability Trends
  • Regulatory, Including Kyoto Protocol, RoHS and EEEE
  • Business, Including Eco Labels, Sustainability Reporting and Green Washing
  • Jobs in Sustainability: “Green Collar,” Chief Sustainability Officers and Key Skill Sets
Business Case for Sustainability
  • Understanding the Market for Sustainability
  • Increased Profits and Improved Productivity
  • Generating Competitive Advantage
Sustainable Planning
  • Creating a Sustainability Vision and Implementation Plan
  • Prioritizing Sustainability Activities
  • Case Study: IKEA
Stakeholder Engagement
  • Principles of Stakeholder Engagement
  • Stakeholder Engagement in Public Policy and Business
  • Case Study: Gap, Inc.
Employee Engagement
  • Why Engagement is Critical
  • Strategies for Engaging Employees in Sustainability
  • Green Teams Versus Sustainability Steering Committees
Communicating Sustainability
  • Sustainability Communication Trends
  • Role of Social Media in Sustainability
  • Case Study: Rabobank

 

Sustainable Operations $1,180

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

The spotlight on corporate social responsibility has pushed organizations to actively seek people with expertise in sustainable business operations. Building on the concepts explored in Principles & Strategies for Sustainability, Sustainable Operations provides an in-depth view of the trends, key issues and strategies that relate to sustainable operations in organizations and communities.

Who Should Register?

Designed for students who have completed Principles & Strategies for Sustainability, this 100% online eight-week course is ideal for executives interested in leading sustainability initiatives, sustainability coordinators, business operations professionals, social entrepreneurs, professionals just entering the sustainable field and many more. 

What You’ll Study

Introduction to Climate Change
  • Science and Impacts of Climate Change
  • Climate Change Regulation
  • Role of Business in Fighting Climate Change
Renewable Energy
  • Renewable Energy Trends, Including Solar, Wind, Geothermal
  • Bio-Mass Energy
  • Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
Energy Efficiency
  • Efficiency Trends and Terms
  • Energy Auditing and Management Strategies
  • Role of IT in Supporting Sustainability
Waste and Recycling
  • Waste and Recycling Trends
  • E-Waste
  • Case Study: Landfill Incineration
Water
  • Water Trends
  • Water as a Human Right; Water and Conflict
  • Case Study: Water Privatization in Bolivia
Green Building
  • Green Building Trends and Standards
  • Principles of Sustainable Operations and Maintenance
  • Green Leasing
Transportation and Logistics
  • Sustainability Impacts of Transportation
  • Car Commuting, Business Travel and Freight/Shipping
  • Case Study: FedEx

Sustainability Best Practices & Implementation $1,180

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

Sustainability Best Practices & Implementation teaches you the advanced topics of sustainability that cut across areas like sustainable product design and green supply management. Special emphasis is placed on how to implement sustainability within an organization using industry best practices.

Who Should Register?

Designed for students who have completed Principles & Strategies for Sustainability and Sustainable Operations, this 100% online eight-week course is ideal for executives interested in leading sustainability initiatives, sustainability coordinators, business operations professionals, social entrepreneurs, professionals just entering the sustainable field and many more. 

What You’ll Study

Carbon Accounting
  • Carbon Accounting Basics
  • Personal and Organizational Carbon Footprints
  • Carbon Accounting Software
Sustainable Agriculture
  • Industry Trends
  • Key Environmental Impacts on Agriculture
  • Organics 101
Sustainable Product Design
  • Principles of Eco-Design
  • Example: Cradle-to-Cradle
  • Role of Consumer Choice
Biomimicry
  • Optimizing Rather Than Maximizing
  • Using Benign Manufacturing
  • Locally Attuned and Responsive
Green Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Trends
  • Creating a Green Procurement Policy
  • Case Study: P&G Supplier Scorecards
Community Impact
  • Who is Your “Community”?
  • Philanthropy and Sustainability
  • Cause-Based Marketing
Applying Sustainability: Walmart
  • History of Walmart and Sustainability
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Waste, Recycling and Green Building

 

Principles & Strategies for Campus Sustainability $1,180

CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

Principles & Strategies for Campus Sustainability gives you a comprehensive review of the fundamentals and latest trends in sustainability. You’ll discover how to organize and lead student, employee and stakeholder engagement – skills which are especially critical in the campus setting – and how to maximize the efficiency of your campus operations using sustainable tactics and best practices.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online eight-week course is ideal for higher education leaders and activists, sustainability coordinators, campus operations professionals, social entrepreneurs, professionals entering the sustainability field, community leaders, managers, directors and C-level executives. 

What You’ll Study

Defining Sustainability
  • Sustainability History and Terminology
  • Key Stakeholders/Players and Their Respective Roles
  • Leadership Strategies for Sustainability Overview
Sustainability Trends
  • Understanding the Need for Sustainability
  • Sustainability in Municipalities, States and Businesses
  • Jobs in Sustainability and Sustainability in Jobs
Sustainability Planning and Implementation
  • Role of Key Sustainability Stakeholders
  • Devising and Implementing a Viable Sustainability Plan
  • Monitoring Implementation and Committing to Continuous Improvement
Stakeholder Engagement
  • Identifying and Engaging Stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Engagement in Public Policy Decision-Making and Businesses
  • 40 Crucial Questions to Judge Stakeholder Engagement
Leadership, Student and Employee Engagement
  • Understanding Leadership and Employee Motivation
  • Effective Strategies for Engaging Leadership/Employees in Sustainability
  • Recognizing and Nurturing Sustainability Champions
Tracking Sustainability Progress
  • Introduction to Triple Bottom Line Tracking
  • Managing your Sustainability Reputation and Ranking Internally and Externally
Communicating Sustainability
  • Goals of Communication and Framing the Message
  • Latest Trends in Sustainability Communication
  • Sustainability-Oriented and Mainstream National Organizations: Who Are They?

Sustainable Campus Operations $1,180

CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

Building on the concepts covered in Principles & Strategies for Campus Sustainability, this program gives you an in-depth view of key sustainable campus operations, including green building, energy management, waste and recycling, water use and quality, health and safety, transportation and dining services. Case studies and real-life examples make sustainability training relevant and realistic.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online eight-week course is designed for students who have completed Principles & Strategies for Campus Sustainability. It’s ideal for higher education leaders and activists, sustainability coordinators, campus operations professionals, social entrepreneurs, professionals entering the sustainability field, community leaders, managers, directors and C-level executives. 

What You’ll Study

Campus Energy Management
  • Energy Management Strategies for HVAC, Lighting and Building Energy Management Systems
  • Communicating Energy Management Policies and Procedures Internally and Externally
  • Engaging Students in Energy Projects: Colorado College Case Study
Socially and Environmentally Responsible Purchasing and Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Creating a Campus Green Procurement Policy, Including Local Sourcing for Campus Products
  • Evaluating Campus Vendors for Sustainability, Including Green IT
  • Engaging the Campus Community in Green Purchasing
Waste and Recycling on Campus
  • Classifying Campus Waste Types and Waste Minimization Strategies
  • Managing Campus E-Waste
  • Integrating Waste Reduction Techniques Across the Campus
Campus Water Use and Water Quality
  • Discussing and Advocating for the Sustainability of Water On and Off Campus
  • Optimizing Water Efficiency and Conservation on Campus
  • Understanding the Campus Water Footprint
Campus Green Building
  • Principles of Campus Green Building Design
  • Following Key Green Building Trends on Campus and Beyond
  • Incorporating Sustainability Into Campus Physical Planning
Campus Fleets and Transportation
  • Assessing the Impacts of On-Campus and Commuter Transportation
  • Developing Campus-Community Transit Partnerships
  • Creating a Plan for Sustainable Transportation on Campus
Campus Food and Dining Services
  • Keeping Abreast of Sustainability Trends in Campus Food and Dining Services
  • Proven Waste Reduction Techniques for Dining Services
  • Understanding Major Environmental Impacts in Food Production for the Campus

Campus Sustainability Best Practices & Implementation $1,180

CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

Campus Sustainability Best Practices & Implementation demonstrates how to successfully implement and lead your own campus sustainability initiatives. Through models and assessments, you’ll learn established techniques for integrating sustainability into the curriculum. As a special case study, you’ll discover how the University of Vermont implemented sustainability across its own campus.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online eight-week course is designed for students who have completed Principles & Strategies for Campus Sustainability and Sustainable Campus Operations. It’s ideal for higher education leaders and activists, sustainability coordinators, campus operations professionals, social entrepreneurs, professionals entering the sustainability field, community leaders, managers, directors and more. 

What You’ll Study

Organizing and Learning for Campus Sustainability
  • Building Sustainability Coalitions Across the Campus, Community, State and Country
  • Integrating Planning, Research, Operations, Curricular, Student Life and Community Partnerships for Sustainability
  • Honing Change Agent Skills for Campus Sustainability
Sustainability in the Curriculum
  • Introducing Sustainability Throughout the Curricula
  • Sustainability as Stand-Alone Degrees, Majors and Minors, and Foci
  • Educating the Public on Sustainability Through Continuing Education, Community Events and Communications
Student Life and Sustainability
  • Empowering Students to Develop Local, National and International Campaigns
  • Using Student Activities to Foster a Culture of Sustainable Living
  • Building Coalitions Across Social Justice, Diversity, Peace and Environmental Interests
The Campus and Community Working Together to Create Sustainability
  • Catalyzing Regional, State and National Sustainable Community Development
  • Project Based Learning: Using the Campus and Community as Living Labs for Sustainability
  • Creating a Critical Mass Through Coalition-Building
Additional Topics in Campus Sustainability
  • Employing Biomimicry Methods on Campus
  • Assessing the Campus Ecological Footprint
  • Understanding the Relationship Between the Campus and Smart Grid
Applying Sustainability Across the Campus: University of Vermont
  • UVM’s History of Sustainability Leadership
  • Incorporating Sustainability Into the Curriculum
  • Organizing and Mobilizing the Campus Community