About the Certificate

the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Sustainability requires 17 credit hours

The requirements consist of an Anchor course in Sustainability (3 credits), one course from each of three “spheres” Ecological, Economic, Social (3 credits each), two semesters of the Sustainability Seminar (total of 2 credits), a  Sustainability Capstone course (3 credits), and a Portfolio.

The Sustainability Certificate emphasizes seven key competencies to link knowledge, skills, values, aptitudes, and attitudes necessary to address complex sustainability challenges in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Gain skills and understanding to create systemic change

The Sustainability Certificate incorporates applied learning in interdisciplinary settings and equips students with critical skills to address global sustainability challenges through real-world solutions.


Certificate Staff

Tyra Byers

Tyra Byers


Talley Vodicka

Talley Vodicka

Administrative Specialist

Colin Peterson

Colin Peterson

Graduate Assistant

Logan Hall

Logan Hall


Email: scdirector@uga.edu (preferred)

Phone: 706-542-0458

Supporting Units

UGA’s Odum School of Ecology serves as the academic home for the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Sustainability.

Additional support for the Certificate is provided by:

  • Office of Sustainability
  • Center for Integrative Conservation
  • Graduate School
  • Odum School of Ecology
  • Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Terry College of Business
  • College of Environment + Design
  • Warnell School of Forestry
  • School of Social Work
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Public and International Affairs
  • College of Public Health
  • Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Founding DIrector, Dr. Ron Balthazor

Photo of Ron Balthazor speaking

With deepest gratitude, we celebrate Dr. Ron Balthazor, founding director of the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Sustainability. Under Dr. Balthazor’s leadership, the Certificate in Sustainability has become one of the largest certificate programs at UGA while maintaining a deep sense of community and purpose.

We are eternally grateful for Ron's sacrifice of time, energy, heart, and passion to establish a program whose ripple effects are benefiting people and the planet in profoundly positive ways.