Do you want a career with a greater purpose? Rise to the challenge and establish yourself as a leader in the important sustainability movement. Sustainable initiatives have become a driving force in the economy, and demand is growing for knowledgeable professionals in renewable energies and sustainable practices. Our 20-unit Sustainability Certificate is perfect if you're interested in combining academic excellence and real-world experience. Designed with the needs of working professionals in mind, the program can be completed in person or online.

This program is perfect for...

  • Individuals interested in exploring the dynamic field of sustainability
  • Those who want knowledge and skills to be better global citizens
  • Professionals seeking to stay up to date in their current position
  • Professionals in a wide range of disciplines, such as Environmental Affairs Officers, Business Development Managers, City Planners, Waste and Facility Management Professionals, Political Strategists, Corporate and Product Sustainability Managers, Renewable Energy Sales Associates

What you can learn.

  • Learn environmental systems and the interrelationship and effect of humans upon the environment.
  • Explore individual and group roles in sustainability and the interconnectedness and necessity of collaboration between social, economic, and ecological responsibilities.
  • Learn business aspects of sustainability by identifying practical tools, measuring performance, and reviewing best practices.
  • Acquire skills in areas including environmental and energy consultancy, green investment and marketing, green building project design, renewable energy, climate change, public policy and more.

Certificate in Sustainability

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Defined Elective - Electives
Students must complete two courses in this stream.

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

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*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

James Bassett, Professor, Cal Poly Pomona

Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer UCLA, Facilities Management, Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor

Cully Nordby, Academic Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment

Leo Costantino, Continuing Educator, Business Management and Legal Programs, UCLA Extension

Scott Hutchinson, Continuing Educator, Arts, UCLA Extension

Varaz Shahmirian, Department Director, Engineering and Technology, UCLA Extension

Stephanie Landregan, Continuing Educator, Arts, UCLA Extension

Sarah Abramson Sikich, Coastal Resources Director, Heal the Bay

Sepand Samzadeh, BASC, MBA, CEO, Valley Recycling

Sustainability is all about connections – connecting systems, resources and people. UCLA Extension’s Sustainability Certificate opened my eyes to sustainability issues that I had never thought of, inspiring me to rethink current processes in my own community and work places. I found the classroom discussions were engaging and enlightening. If you are interested in learning about sustainability, look no further. 

Misha Kouzeh
Sustainability Certificate Graduate

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