Campus Sustainability Leadership Professional Certificate

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 this program, you will:

  • Gain practical leadership skills to address complex sustainability challenges
  • Discover strategies for achieving goals on campus
  • Develop a plan to address a specific sustainability issue on campus using Design Thinking principles
  • Explore funding options for clean energy projects on campus and socially responsible investing in higher education
  • Learn about specific design and planning issues for sustainable building practices
  • Exchange ideas with other sustainability professionals from across the country and expand your network
  • Discuss partnership opportunities and leveraging community organizations
  • Develop your skills as a systems thinker and learn new approaches for applying systems thinking to problems
  • 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.

STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

“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

on the Blog

UVM Named to Princeton Review’s Top 10 Green Colleges List

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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