certificate in sustainability

It’s more than a certificate. it’s an experiential education, empowering students to discover solutions to grand challenges.

Increasingly, human and ecosystem challenges require sustainable solutions that recognize the interconnection between environmental limits and human values and well-being. The 17 credit hour Certificate in Sustainability enhances opportunities for integrative, applied learning in interdisciplinary settings and prepares students to address difficult global sustainability issues. The certificate also works towards the University’s goal of incorporating sustainability into formal educational opportunities. Students across campus benefit from an understanding of the framework of sustainability and an opportunity to apply skills and learning to real-world solutions.


Students work closely with a mentor to complete a capstone project and build strong professional connections outside the classroom.


Students plan and implement applied projects, conduct and receive peer reviews, and publicly present learning outcomes.


Capstone projects address an identified need in the Athens community, providing meaningful experiential learning and professional development for students.

“The sustainability certificate program has given me a competitive advantage in my field. I’ve gained a comprehensive understanding of sustainability, practical application of sustainability and my major, and a valuable professional network.


The certificate program has allowed me to take on projects in my community not typical of other business students. After speaking to these experiences in job interviews, I was able to set myself apart from other candidates.”

Mackenzie Light (BBA18 + Sust. Cert.)

The Sustainability Certificate is supported by The Office of Sustainability, The Center for Integrative Conservation, The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, The Terry College of Business,  The College of Environment + Design, The Odum School of Ecology, The Warnell School of Forestry, The School of Social Work, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, and The College of Engineering.


Your financial support helps provide opportunities for inspired students to create stronger communities and thriving natural systems.