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About the Sustainable Business Practices Program

Leading organizations are becoming more aware of compliance challenges, regulations in sustainability, and opportunities afforded by public interest in climate change, environmental issues, sustainability, and “green practices.” This creates a need for educated professionals to steer their organizations in the direction of sustainable practices that make sense for their business models and goals.

This program is intended to provide students with the tools needed to help their organization create effective programs increase efficiency, cut costs, and improve their overall sustainability. Students will learn the core principles behind environmental sustainability; explore the “business case” for sustainability; learn strategies for measuring sustainable practices.  Courses are taught by leading industry practitioners and are focused on developing immediately applicable skills.

Program Objectives
 
  • Gain an overview of environmental sustainability concepts and how to apply them in a business context
  • Learn the various policies, technologies, and financial tool that support sustainable practices
  • Develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts in economics and how they affect corporate decision making and environmental performance
  • Know how to build and manage internal and external sustainability teams
  • Understand how to leverage technology to facilitate sustainability tracking
  • Create a portfolio of work demonstrating industry knowledge

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  •  Network with other professionals in the program
  •  Complement your college degree with career-oriented education
  •  Facilitate promotions or career changes
  •  Offers a foundation in sustainability principles
  •  Provides opportunity to develop, practice, and apply skills most beneficial on-the-job
  •  Builds skills to assume more responsible roles within the industry
  •  Create a portfolio of work demonstrating industry knowledge

Select courses are approved by Green Building Council International (GBCI) to fulfill Continuing Education (CE) requirements. For more information go to www.usgbc.org.

Format: Online

All courses are offered fully online

Estimated Cost: $3,200

Price may vary depending on elective courses

Duration: 12 - 18 Months

Work friendly schedule

Contact
Department
Business, Professional & Legal Programs
Phone
858-534-8139
Email
fodonnel@ucsd.edu

Courses

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Required Courses

Courses may be taken in any order however we recommend that students begin with Introduction to Sustainability

Introduction to SustainabilityBUSA-40729

Units: 3.00

$495

Get an introduction to the basics of environmental sustainability - energy, transportation, water use, recycling, and natural resource life cycles. Discover ways individuals, organizations, and govern...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Economics and Life Cycle Cost AnalysisENVR-40013

Units: 3.00

TBD

Sustainability professionals are frequently charged with defining the economic value of implementing environmental and social sustainability practices. In this course, students will be presented with ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Strategic Planning and InnovationENVR-40014

Units: 3.00

$495

Strategic planning for sustainability is one of the most sought after hard skills by today s employers. In this course, students will gain the tools needed to identify and prioritize the issues and op...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Measuring Sustainable ImpactENVR-40015

Units: 3.00

$495

Learn how to measure the impact of sustainability programs and create a plan for making changes for your business or organization. Students will learn how to set environmental baselines for energy, wa...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Elective Courses

Choose three (3) Units

Resource ManagementBUSA-40677

Units: 3.00

$495

Today’s business leaders face a burgeoning demand for both information and management techniques to implement programs on recycling, waste management, and water conservation. These are the issues crit...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Sustainability LeadershipENVR-40016

Units: 3.00

TBD

Sustainability professionals are frequently tasked with leading change within their organizations. Explore strategies and competencies needed to lead effective change towards sustainability, explore c...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Conservation PsychologyENVR-40000

Units: 3.00

$550

Conservation Psychology Programs to conserve water and energy, reduce our auto-dependency, recycle, and adapt to climate change have one thing in common: to be effective, they must consider the human ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Behavior Change Strategies for SustainabilityENVR-40006

Units: 3.00

$550

Behavior Change Strategies for Sustainability This course focuses on the strategies and tools needed to change individual behavior and promote environmental protection. Students will learn how to asse...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Other Courses of Interest

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)BUSA-40739

Units: 2.00

$425

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Potential environmental impact is an important consideration in all planning and development projects. Review the CEQA process in detail, including its 17 k...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Lean Six Sigma Green BeltMAE-40013

Units: 4.00

$1,995-$2,495

During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your educatioanl goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, our Spring courses will be offere...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Transfer to Online MBA Program

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Students who complete UC San Diego Extension's Sustainable Business Practices Certificate are eligible to receive a 10-semester credit block applied towards Antioch University Online's Master of Business Administration Program. View Transfer Course Requirements.

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Conditions for Admission

UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

Contact Information

Fiona O'Donnell-Lawson at 858-534-8139 or unex-environmental@ucsd.edu

Advisory Board

Elena Avesani, MIA

Principal Strategy Manager

Oracle

Sonny Chisholm, MIB

Global Operations

Life Technologies

Erin Cooke, MPA

Sustainability Director

San Francisco International Airport

Tim Kidman, MESM

Project Director, Sustainability and Energy

WSP USA

John Kim, MPP

Sustainability,Social Impact,Global Development,Brand Bldg.

The Walt Disney Company

Jan Kleissl, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

UC San Diego

Charlie Marchesano

Chief, Energy and Sustainability Program,

County of San Diego

Dimitri Shanin, M.S.

Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems

Dave Weil, M.S.

Campus Carbon Neutrality Program Director

UC San Diego Sustainability Office

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.