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Program Details

Sustainability Certificate


Estimated Tuition Candidacy Fees Action
$3,480.00 $250.00
Rise to the challenge and establish yourself as a leader in this important movement. Sustainable initiatives have become a driving force in the economy, and demand is growing for knowledgeable professionals in renewable energies and sustainable practices. The 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.

Students are required to earn a grade of "C" or higher in each class in order to complete the certificate.
Advisory Group:

James Bassett — Senior Member, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Environmental Affairs Committee.
Beth Jines — Director of Strategic Initiatives, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
Nurit Katz — Chief Sustainability Officer, UCLA.
Joanne Kravetz — Principal, J. Kravetz Planning & Design.
J. Cully Nordby — Academic Director, Institute of the Environment, UCLA.
Rodger Schwecke — Vice President, Customer Solutions, Southern California Gas Company.
Sarah Sikich — Coastal Resources Director, Heal the Bay.
Margaret Sohagi — President, The Sohagi Law Group, PLC.
Keith D. Stolzenbach — Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UCLA.
Mark Yamauchi — Facilities Operations Manager, Real Estate and Facilities, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Varaz Shahmirian — Department Director, Engineering and Technology.
Scott Hutchinson — Continuing Educator, Arts.
Stephanie Landregan — Continuing Educator, Arts.
Rachel Khoshbin — Continuing Educator, Engineering and Technology.
Ing Phansavath — Continuing Educator, Business Management and Legal Programs.


  • SU=Summer
  • FA=Fall
  • WI=Winter
  • SP=Spring
Use the grid displayed below to check for typical availability.
Required  Units Typical Availability
ENVIRO X 400 Principles of Sustainability I: Introduction 4.00 SU FA WI SP
MGMNT X 401 Principles of Sustainability II: Current Issues and Case Studies 4.00 SU FA SP
ENVIRO X 402 Principles of Sustainability III: Stakeholders and Engaging Communities 4.00 SU WI SP
Electives (8.00 units from the following list) Units Typical Availability
ART X 479.3C Your Idea as Innovative Solution 4.00 SU WI
ART X 479.8A Cradle to Cradle: Closed Loop Systems 4.00 WI
ART X 479.10A Design Sustainability 4.00 SU SP
BIOLGY X 489.6 Urban Food Production 4.00 FA
BIOLGY X 498.10 Greener Gardens: Sustainable Garden Practice 4.00 SP
CEE X 425.10 The Solar Energy Solution: Harnessing Solar Power in the Home and Office 4.00 FA
CEE X 438.6 Principles of Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Solid Waste Management 4.00 FA
CEE X 438.7 Renewable Energy Technologies 4.00 FA SP
CEE X 438.8 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 4.00 WI
CEE X 438.9 Sustainable Energy Management 4.00 SU FA WI SP
ENVIRO X 496 Applied Sustainability: Team Practicum 8.00 FA SP
LAW X 458.9 Environmental Laws and Institutions: State, National, and International Overview 4.00 WI
MGMNT X 456 Organizational Change for Sustainability 4.00 FA SP
MGMNT X 476.90 An Overview of Green Building and the Real Estate Market 4.00 FA
MGMNT X 480.5 Green Marketing Strategies 4.00 SU WI
MGMNT X 481.5 Global Business Practices in Sustainability 4.00 FA SP
MGMNT X 483.5 Integrating a Green Business Strategy 4.00 WI
PUBPLC X 460.5 Renewable Energy Economics and Policy 4.00 FA SP
PUBPLC X 461 Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment 4.00 FA SP
PUBPLC X 475 Water Rights and Sustainability 4.00 SU
PUBPLC X 478 Sustainable Food and Agriculture 4.00 WI
PUBPLC X 495 Sustainability Internship 4.00 SU FA WI SP



Estimated Cost

Candidacy Fee: $250.00

Estimated Program Tuition: $3,480.00

Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $320.00

Estimated Total Cost: $4,050.00

Costs are approximate and subject to change without notice. Estimates are based on the candidacy fee, course fees, and estimated textbook fees, but do not include additional expenses such as parking.

International Students: Apply Here


Contact: Ashley Morris, (310) 825-7093 or amorris@unex.ucla.edu

Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Open
VA Approved?: Yes
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: Yes
   TOEFL/IELTS Score Required: 83 /6.5
   Estimated Duration (Full-Time pace): 2 quarters
   Valid quarter starts for full-time study _Summer _Fall _Winter _Spring
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 8 quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Program ID: CF563

Additional Information

Please note: candidacy and application fees are not transferable or refundable.

Students in certificate programs may repeat once for credit only those courses in which they receive a grade of C-, D, F, NP, or U. A course in which a grade of C-, D or F has been earned may not be repeated for credit on a Passed/Not Passed basis. No more than a single instance of earned credit for any course will count toward minimum unit requirements for completing a certificate program, or for assessing continuing progress with respect to financial aid, or the status of international students on F1 visas.

All certificate programs at UCLA Extension require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. If you would like to refine your English language proficiency prior to beginning one of our programs, we offer English as a Second Language programs and an array of classes in Communication and Learning Skills.

UCLA Extension may change the content and course requirements of a certificate program at any time. To prevent being impacted by possible changes in the course requirements, students are encouraged strongly to enroll in the certificate of their choice as early as possible following their selection of a program. Only those whose paid certificate application fees have been accepted are assured of completion of a certificate under its current requirements. Courses within the curriculum are expected to be completed by the end of normal candidacy which is cited above. Candidacies can be renewed under certain circumstances. Students with older records may be required to repeat material to ensure its relevance.

Students who complete their curriculum with an earned GPA of 3.5 or higher will have the notation "earned with distinction" posted to their transcript and printed on their certificates. For other information about candidacies and the service environment, see about certificate candidacy.

UCLA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This program was developed and is administered in accordance with regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.

For the prospective international student seeking an F1 visa to enter the U.S., either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), or the International English Language Testing System ’s (IELTS) exam will be required if English is not his or her first language. The minimum requirements can vary from program to program. See above for the minimum score required for admission to study in this program. Students with a score of 83 to 100 on TOEFL (or 6.5 to 7 on IELTS) will be required upon arrival to take a supplementary exam (the English as a Second Language Placement Exam , or ESLPE) administered at UCLA for assignment in one of two levels of supplementary English language courses. Students who score higher than 100 on the TOEFL, (or higher than 7 on IELTS), or who are native English speakers, are exempt from taking the ESLPE and from supplementary English language instruction.

International students on F1 visas are required by U.S. law to enroll full-time (12 units per quarter) in courses that lead to the award of their certificate. To both meet this requirement and to progress in a structured curriculum, international students may be required to supplement their term study list with elective courses, and ultimately to graduate with more than the minimum units or courses otherwise required. We recommend you contact the advisor listed above if you have any questions about the duration of study.

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