The University of Colorado Boulder this week began offering its sustainability training and non-credit certificate program entirely online, making the option available to participants across the nation.
CU-Boulder’s Sustainable Practices Program offers seminars and two non-credit certificates in business sustainability and community sustainability. The curriculum is designed to help professionals meet the growing need for “green” skills and credentials in the public and private work sectors.
“Our programs are grounded in the quality sustainability leadership that people expect from CU-Boulder,” said program director Kelly Simmons. “We’re excited that the expansion to online opens the opportunity for participants in Colorado and beyond, giving them access to thought-leading research and practices taught by CU-Boulder faculty and industry experts.”
The Sustainable Practices Program’s online curriculum, streamlined with the help of Kevin Krizek, curriculum director and CU-Boulder environmental design professor, combines video, presentations, discussions and live student-faculty interaction. Topics range from organizational change to zero waste.
The six-week seminars may be taken individually or in a series of four to earn one of the non-credit certificates. Program tuition ranges from $2,000 to $6,500 plus a registration fee.
The six-year-old Sustainable Practices Program has offered dozens of live, location-based trainings to hundreds of participants from undergraduate students to working professionals. The program, one of the first in the nation, is managed by the CU Environmental Center in partnership with Chicago-based All Campus, a student enrollment services firm that helps universities increase the visibility of their online programs and facilitates the successful recruitment of students.
For more than half a century, CU-Boulder has been a leader in climate and energy research, interdisciplinary environmental studies and sustainable practices. In 2009, it was ranked the top green campus in the nation by Sierra magazine. In 2010, it was the first campus to attain a Gold rating under the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Ratings System. The campus has a number of LEED Platinum- and Gold-rated buildings. Also, CU-Boulder’s student-run Environmental Center, which manages the Sustainable Practices Program, is among the nation’s oldest, largest and most accomplished entities of its kind.