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Professional sustainability certificates

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.

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, sustainability reporting, and sustainability strategy and management.

The Sustainability Opportunity

Earn a Professional Certificate in Sustainability Strategy from ASU’s School of Sustainability and W.P. Carey School of Business.

This course is designed for mid-career professionals in the private sector who want to create a decided advantage in the marketplace by reorienting their abilities. The program will focus on the organizational opportunities that accompany global challenges. Sustainability strategies reduce cost through efficiency, increase revenue, and help organizations come out on top in the talent war. Participants will leave with tangible and applied tools as well as a plan for leveraging organizational change!

The Sustainability Opportunity begins January 11, 2021. Email to sign up to get the latest information on future programs.

Visit The Sustainability Opportunity to learn more.


GRI Standards Certified Training Online

Take your organization’s sustainability to the next level with the GRI Standards, the first and most widely adopted global standards for sustainability reporting.

Using a combination of video lessons, interviews, case studies, and readings, this course will cover:

  • How sustainability reporting promotes organizational change
  • The GRI organization and it relates to other standards and frameworks
  • Key terms, features, and structure of the GRI Standards
  • How to engage stakeholders inside and outside your organization
  • Material topics, impacts, boundaries, and targets for reporting
  • How to prepare and communicate about your sustainability report
Additional benefits include:
  • Interviews with current sustainability practitioners that bring the reporting concepts to life
  • Case studies featuring U.S.-based organizations who report in accordance with GRI Standards

Foundations of Sustainability

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Foundations of Sustainability is an online self-paced course that combines video presentations, interactive online activities and readings from the field to help build your foundation of sustainability knowledge and strategy. You’ll learn about sustainability’s three pillars (economy, society and environment), modern sustainability challenges and real-world examples of how organizations are applying sustainability strategies for long-term success.

  • Study 6 hours of class materials at your own pace
  • Earn a professional micro-credential for successful completion
  • Lay the foundation of basic sustainability strategy for your organization

Students have the option of receiving a badge for completing this course.

A badge is an official digital micro-credential issued by ASU for acquiring knowledge through a short course or program to improve professional practice. Micro-credentials are an increasingly popular way to digitally represent an accomplishment or skill achieved that constitute less than a degree. Micro-credentials follow learners, often are displayed and on platforms such as on LinkedIn, and are verifiable by employers through the issuing organization.

View upcoming sustainability trainings and workshops in the Phoenix area.

Ethical Circular Economy

Earn an Executive Certificate in the Ethical Circular Economy to elevate you and your partners to a regional circular economy and increase your recovery of investment of resources and materials.

The term circular economy describes innovative strategies that work in tandem to design out and eliminate waste throughout product life cycles by making use of existing biological matter, reusable or recycled materials and shared resources. In contrast to a linear “take-make-waste” economy, a circular economy results in financial savings and efficiency within organizations that in turn benefits the communities that they serve.

This focused one-day workshop includes:

  • mapping exercises on a take-make-waste linear economy
  • practicing adapting to a circular economy model
  • identifying additional stakeholders, gatekeepers, policies and strategies
  • a take-home report that includes maps and a synthesis of the workshop

Learn more and complete the online learning packet to orient yourself to the basic principles of the circular economy prior to the face to face workshop.

For more information or to schedule a workshop with your partners, contact Kelly Saunders