Sustainable practices program adds management certificate

CU-Boulder offering for professional development begins with the spring semester
By Staff

As public interest in sustainable practices grows, so does demand for professional development in the area. The latest expansion of the sustainable practices program at the University of Colorado at Boulder's division of continuing education and professional studies is a sustainability management certificate.

Beginning with the spring semester, the interdisciplinary program will investigate critical interactions among people, profit and planet — a triple bottom line for business.  Students are expected to come from diverse professional backgrounds and will be interested in organizational sustainability. They may be studying on behalf of their current employer, for personal professional development or to gain new skills to be used as sustainability consultants. Workers in business, nonprofits, local government agencies, educational institutions, hospitals and other organizations will find the program useful.

Classes may be taken individually or toward completion of the certificate, either in person at CU-Boulder or online. Sustainability management courses are taught by sustainability experts from related academic disciplines, as well as proven "green leaders" who have successfully implemented cutting-edge practices in their lives and organizations.

Five full scholarships are available for the new certificate. Nominations for eligible organizations
and/or individuals are due Dec. 22; scholarships will be announced before the end of January.

Scholarships include full tuition for classes taken for completion of the certificate. All course work must be completed in one year or less. For more details and a nomination form, click here.

Business and sustainability also are in focus at an upcoming panel discussion. The event, titled "Defining Sustainability: People, Planet and Profit", will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at 1505 University Ave., Room 140, Boulder. Panelists include Kai Abelkis, Boulder Community Hospital sustainability coordinator; Dave Newport, director of the CU Environmental Center; Lauren Coyne, co-owner and education and outreach manager of Namaste Solar; and Cindy Carillo, founder and former CEO of Work Options Group. Geoffrey Rubinstein, director of the sustainable practices program, hosts the event, which is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to