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Professional Sustainability Education

Professional Training and Custom Sustainability Education

The School of Sustainability offers high-quality, applied sustainability knowledge with professionals and executives across a variety of sectors. Grounded in sustainability systems thinking, our education and training programs will yield a high return on investment for both individuals, and their organizations.

As a global leader and innovator in sustainability research and education – and the first degree-granting sustainability school in the U.S. – the School of Sustainability leverages more than 400+ world-renowned scientists, scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to create comprehensive learning programs beyond the traditional university classroom.

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Custom Programs for Organizations

To meet the “triple bottom line” – people, planet and profit – sustainability must be integrated into an organization’s operations and culture. Whether you need to educate a small core of executives in a multi-day retreat, or train hundreds of employees through an online course, ASU’s School of Sustainability has the ability to deliver a custom program for maximum impact.

Drawing upon our proven ability to work with business, government, nongovernmental organizations, foundations and other universities throughout the world, we can develop and deliver custom executive education programs that advance your organizational sustainability goals.

  • Programs range from hour-long modules to multi-day instruction on specific sustainability issues.
  • In-person training can be delivered on any ASU campus, in Washington D.C., or at your location..
  • Online training can be delivered through ASU’s online learning platform or your own internal system.
  • Faculty from ASU’s 400+ Sustainability Scientists, Scholars and Fellows , leaders from your organization, and outside experts can all be included in your agenda.
  • Each program includes expert assessment and instructional design on the front end, as well as in-depth evaluation after it has concluded, so you can measure the sustainability advancements in your organization.

Advance your organization’s sustainability knowledge in:

  • Energy and Alternative Energy Systems
  • Materials and Technology
  • Sustainable Business Practices
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Sustainable International Development
  • Urbanization
  • Water Quality, Use and Supply
  • Food Systems
  • Climate Change
  • Policy and Governance
  • Waste
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Supply Chain

A Recent ASU Custom Education Success: The World Bank Group City Climate Planner Certification.

In 2016, the School of Sustainability partnered with the World Bank Group to design a three-day City Climate Planner Certification workshop, a “how-to” on inventorying sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The training – led by Raj Buch, practice lead for the Walton Global Sustainability Solutions Services – helped attendees determine where emissions cuts are most needed.

Twenty-one city officials attended, from countries including Argentina, India, South Africa, Korea, Bolivia, China and Bangladesh. All of them were clients of World Bank, an organization that mainly finances Third World infrastructure projects and is concerned about the effects climate change will have on them.

The Bank has plans to convert the live workshop into an online format, as well.

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Professional Certificates and Continuing Education

Professional training courses offered by ASU’s School of Sustainability are designed for managers, project or team leaders, and those looking to advance into sustainability roles. Gain expertise to overcome challenges in your current position or add to your skillset before exploring new career opportunities.

  • Understand the concepts of sustainability, the issues involved, and the teamwork needed to address real-world problems.
  • Think in a holistic way about their organization’s sustainability problems.
  • Develop creative, adaptive solutions to sustainability challenges for their industry.

Faculty-Led, Live Workshops in Sustainability

Learn practical concepts and tools from the faculty members who teach in the School of Sustainability’s top ranked academic programs. Workshops are designed to be practical and solutions-oriented, so you can apply your new sustainability expertise when you return to the office. Select courses may be eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

* View upcoming sustainability training workshops in the Phoenix area.

Coming in 2017 – Online Certificate Programs in Sustainability

Our professional certificate programs are designed by the same faculty that created the School of Sustainability’s degree programs. Certificates are ideal for professionals who have little formal sustainability education, but want a strong foundation in specific sustainability areas, like corporate social responsibility, sustainable supply chain, or sustainability strategy and management. Additionally, you can earn up to 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for each individual course you complete.*

Our programs have been designed for busy professionals who need:

  • Short Courses – Master the concepts and use them at your organization in weeks – not years – with individual 4-week classes and certificate programs that can be completed in less than 6 months.
  • Focused Topics – Course materials have been carefully tailored to fit specific sectors, so you can concentrate on the concepts and tools that matter the most in your field.
  • Online Flexibility – With 24/7 access to ASU’s continuing professional education and training website and individual weekly assignments, you can learn when it’s most convenient for you.
  • Simple Enrollment – Continuing education courses do not require you to go through ASU’s graduate applications process – meaning no test scores, no transcripts, and no application fees.

*The CEU is a nationally recognized method of measuring participation in formal, noncredit continuing education programs. CEUs are not academic credits and cannot be applied toward degree work at institutions of higher education. Learn more about CEUs at ASU .

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Featured Faculty in Executive and Professional Education

Because it is a cross-disciplinary institute, the ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability boasts more than 400+ Sustainability Scientists and Scholars from virtually all academic fields. Below are a few of the faculty involved with executive education.

Dr. Daniel Bodansky

Daniel BodanskyDr. Bodansky is a preeminent authority on global climate change whose teaching and research focus on international environmental law and public international law. He has served as the climate change coordinator and attorney advisor at the U.S. Department of State, in addition to consulting for the United Nations in the areas of climate change and tobacco control.

Dr. Rajesh Buch

Rajesh BuchDr. Buch is a Senior Sustainability Scientist, working in ASU’s Global Sustainability Solutions Services, a unit dedicated to delivering practical sustainability solutions to organizations.

Dr. Netra Chhetri

Netra ChhetriDr. Chhetri’s expertise lies in the area of climate adaptation, energy and water, agriculture and food security, vulnerability assessment, grassroots innovation, participatory development, and citizen engagement. He is currently a principal investigator on a USAID-funded project in Nepal on climate adaptation and food security.

Dr. Nicole Darnall

Nicole DarnallFor two decades, Dr. Darnall has studied the reasons why companies execute sustainability strategies, whether these strategies improve the environment, and whether companies that improve the natural environmental also derive business value.

Dr. Gary Dirks

Gary DirksDr. Gary Dirks is the director of both the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability and LightWorks, an initiative that capitalizes on ASU’s strengths in solar energy. Before joining ASU, Dr. Dirks was the president of BP Asia-Pacific and BP China.

Dr. Michael Hanemann

Michael HanemannDr. Hanemann is the Director of the ASU Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy at the W.P. Carey School of Business.

Dr. Sonja Klinsky

Sonja KlinskyDr. Klinsky works on complex, multi-scalar, sustainability public policy issues. Her long-standing research is in how climate change policy has been developed and perceived, in both U.S. domestic and international arenas.

Dr. Klaus Lackner

Klaus LacknerDr. Lackner’s research interests include closing the carbon cycle by capturing carbon dioxide from the air; carbon sequestration; carbon foot-printing; innovative energy and infrastructure systems and their scaling properties; the role of automation, robotics and mass-manufacturing in downscaling infrastructure systems; and energy and environmental policy.

Dr. Martin Pasqualetti

Martin PasqualettiDr. Pasqualetti is Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, and co-director of the Energy Policy Information Council (EPIC). He was appointed by two Arizona governors to chair the Arizona Solar Energy Advisory Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Solar Center.

Dr. Antonios Printezis

Antonios PrintezisDr. Printezis is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Supply Chain Management Department at the W. P. Carey School of Business. Dr. Printezis’ interests, in terms of research and course development, lie on the interface of business and sustainability.

Dr. Charles Redman

Charles RedmanFrom 2007-2010, Dr. Redman was the founding director of ASU’s School of Sustainability. Redman’s interests include human impacts on the environment, sustainable landscapes, rapidly urbanizing regions, urban ecology, environmental education and public outreach.

Dr. Ronald Roedel

Dr. Ronald RoedelDr. Roedel served as Associate Dean of Engineering from 2001 to 2005. During his career, he has divided his time equally between research and teaching. His research focused on semiconductors (with an emphasis on solar cells) and engineering education.


Chinese scholars learn to think sustainably at ASU

Chinese scholars learn to think sustainably at ASU

Attracted to ASU because of its reputation in Chinese academia for research leadership, 16 students from Beijing's Beihang University attended a two-week School of Sustainability workshop and learned a new way of systems thinking to analyze complex sustainability problems.

What's in a game? A creative approach to complicated issues.

What's in a game? A creative approach to complicated issues.

A game called “Future Shocks and City Resilience” – created by Senior Sustainability Scientist Lauren Withycombe Keeler – taught participants at a November 2016 City of Tempe Resilience Workshop to think about sustainability in terms much broader than recycling.

Seminar provides sunny outlook on solar in Kosovo

Seminar provides sunny outlook on solar in Kosovo

With programming support from the School of Sustainability, two ASU professors presented a two-week seminar on the renewable energy potential of Kosovo – currently powered by coal – to university faculty members in that country.


Ryan Johnson
Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Executive Director, Professional Training and Custom Sustainability Education, School of Sustainability

Lindsey Donhauser
Program Manager, Professional Training and Custom Sustainability Education, School of Sustainability

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