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Sustainability Certificate


The Sustainability Certificate equips students with the skills to make significant, systemic changes in their communities, paving the way for a more sustainable future. Through the process of obtaining the sustainability certificate, students gain knowledge about the myriad of issues pertaining to sustainability, achieve enlightened perspectives about what sustainability means for individuals, communities, and the world, and acquire experience applying this understanding to meaningful, real-world situations.

The certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete at least 17 hours of course work, including an anchor course (3 credit hours) which provides a foundation in sustainability and challenges students to evaluate their behavior as citizens and consumers and consider interdisciplinary challenges associated with a sustainable future; one course from each of the three spheres of sustainability—ecological, economic, and social (9 credit hours); two semesters of a sustainability seminar (2 credit hours), including presentations from UGA and local sustainability experts; a capstone course/project (3 credit hours) applying knowledge gained through hands-on solutions to sustainability challenges; and a portfolio of written reflections.

To be eligible for admission to the program, students must be in good standing with the University. To begin, students should complete the application process found on the website. For further information, visit the program website or contact Dr. Ron Balthazor at

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