Professional Certificate in Campus Sustainability Leadership

With the growing impacts of climate change and sustainability challenges that we face today, now, more than ever, we must explore and develop innovative practices for sustainable systems. At the University of Vermont, we believe colleges and universities have the opportunity and responsibility to pave the way for sustainable communities by creating sustainable campuses and leading by example.

Do you have a passion for sustainability, or a role that impacts sustainability practices on your campus? We welcome a variety of campus professionals to our 5-day Campus Sustainability Leadership Certificate program. Participants form a diverse array of campus professionals. Here are a list of some of our participants’ titles:

  • Deans and Positions of Administrative Leadership
  • Faculty who chair Sustainability Committees
  • Operations and Facilities Directors
  • Campus Sustainability Coordinators
  • Plant Operations and Sustainability Directors
  • Landscape, Grounds, and Recycling Managers
  • Student Services Directors
  • Student Engagement and Sustainability Directors
  • Project Planners

During our 5-day interactive summer program, you will engage with sustainability experts and discuss all aspects of campus sustainability practices and earn a Professional Certificate in Campus Sustainability Leadership. Bring about change on your campus through transformative, financially-sustainable innovations and help your campus become a sustainability model for other communities and organizations.

Attending this 5-day program will give you an opportunity to:

  • Gain practical leadership skills and develop systems thinking in campus sustainability practices
  • Discover strategies for growing your sustainability goals on your home campus
  • Learn about specific design and planning considerations for sustainable building practices
  • Review sustainability program ideas to empower the entire campus community
  • Discuss partnership opportunities and leveraging community organizations
  • Expand your professional network through interactions with experts and fellow attendees
  • Participate in site visits, lectures, panel discussions, and more
  • Explore Burlington, Vermont – a dynamic city in a beautiful landscape

Questions? Our Advisors are here to help.

Please reach out through the form above or call us at 800-639-3210.


“Great way to find out about a university and its systems that are far along in their environmental sustainability initiatives. Not as certain about their social or economic initiatives. UVM seems to have a substantial financial investment in sustainability that a university in a far less friendly atmosphere would not.”

Thomas Kovacs, 2018 Participant
Professor, Eastern Michigan University

“There isn’t a person in the higher ed world that can’t benefit from this class and the topics it teaches”

Stephen Pepper, 2018 Participant
Director of Sustainability, Illinois Institute of Technology

“The Campus Sustainability Leadership Course provided me with concrete tools to take back to my institution ranging from, ways to approach leadership for programmatic support, to best communications strategies for campus composting, to how to deal with difficult people/departments when you need their support in program implementation.”

Jessica Berry, 2015 Participant
Sustainability Manager, Brown University

“The range of attendees, from students to faculty to Deans, Directors, and VP’s, from all over the US, was an incredibly important part of the experience. It really helped to demonstrate what can be done to contribute to sustainability efforts at all levels.”

Cathleen Eldridge, 2015 Participant
Environmental Health & Safety Director, SUNY College at Plattsburgh

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The Princeton Review has released its sixth annual guide to the most environmentally responsible colleges — a listing of the schools with “the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities.” The University of Vermont is ranked 10th.

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