Sustainability Certificate

Wood Pellet Fuel at Franklin Pierce University

Do you want to help create a thriving world that is ecologically healthy, economically viable, and socially just?

Do you want real world sustainability experience that will create opportunities for you professionally?

Do you want to learn how sustainability can address the “triple bottom line” of planet, people, and profit?

The Sustainability Certificate enables students in any major to gain practical experience in creating and implementing solutions to real world sustainability challenges, on campus or in the community. Beginning with an experiential course that introduces the principles and practices of sustainability (ES 202 or ES 240), students gain a diverse set of skills, knowledge, and techniques, through a series of Green Earth courses that qualify for both the Certificate and major or minor programs of study. These courses involve “green” topics, themes, laboratory and field skills, or projects that students can adapt to incorporate a sustainability focus. Ranging from natural sciences and the arts to communication, marketing and psychology, the Green Earth courses reflect how sustainability applies to multiple academic and professional fields. Then, usually in collaboration with other sustainability leaders (university staff and faculty, students or community members), students weave these “green threads” into a comprehensive sustainability project (ES 302), in which they extend and apply those lessons in a uniquely experiential learning environment.

The Sustainability Certificate gives students a chance to develop a pre-professional portfolio while developing the project management, communication, and leadership skills needed to solve sustainability problems on any scale. 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Sustainability Certificate, students complete the following sequence:

  1. Complete ONE of the following courses:
    ES 202 Sustainability Seminar or
    ES 240 Creating Sustainable Communities
  2. Take 3 Green Earth courses (see below). These courses may satisfy a requirement for the student’s general education, major or minor program as well as the Sustainability Certificate.
  3. Complete ES 302 Sustainability Project. Examples of projects may include a semester-long climate campaign, completing a greenhouse gas inventory, developing a habitat or garden management plan, implementing an initiative to reduce solid waste, creating a documentary video, performance or art installation, “greening” graduation, or other projects. The Sustainability Coordinator works with the student to align project activities with Sustainability Center and institutional priorities as well as course and program learning goals, and to connect the student with the people and resources needed to complete the project.

Course Selection

  • AN210 Contemporary Native American Culture
  • AN220 Global Problems
  • AS301 Place, Community and American Culture
  • BI217 Tropical Forest Ecology
  • BI342 Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • BI430 Forest Ecology
  • CH221 Environmental Chemistry
  • CIT222 Intro. to Geographic Information Systems
  • ED314 Challenges in Math and Science
  • ES101 Intro. to Env. Science I
  • ES102 Intro. to Env. Science II
  • ES210 Evolution of Environmental Thought
  • ES214 Coastal Ecology
  • ES245 Alternate Energy (new course)
  • ES240 Creating Sustainable Communities
  • ES310 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • ES320 Wetland Ecology
  • GL205 Environmental Geology
  • HP211 Intro. to Public History
  • MC211 Journalism I
  • MC252 Journalism II
  • MC352 Feature Writing
  • MK201 Principles of Marketing
  • MK314 Consumer Behavior
  • MK333 Marketing Research
  • MK350 Electronic Commerce: Web Site project
  • MK/AD304 Advertising: Advertising Campaign
  • MK335 Public Relations: Public Relations Campaign
  • MK474 Marketing Management for a Green Economy
  • PA/ES306 Philosophy of Science and Nature
  • PO344 Environmental Politics
  • PS 261 Research Methods for Psychology
  • PS 322  Social Psychology
  • SO101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SO203 Community Organization
  • SO450 Seminar in Sociological Perspectives
  • SR246 Parks and Natural Resource Management

Want to Know More?

For more information please contact:

Jess Gerrior
Sustainability Coordinator