Macomb Community College Announces Renewable Energy Certificate – Macomb Community College (MI) has announced a Renewable Energy Certificate to be launched in fall 2009. Students in the new program will study wind, solar, biomass, geo-thermal and hydrogen fuel cell in a 15 credit hour sequence that can stand alone or be woven into a students’ associate degree program. 87 students have already taken the renewable energy classes the college offered in Fall 2008 and Winter 2009 as a pilot program. Last week, students in the pilot Principles of Solar Energy course spent their class session building and testing miniature solar arrays. The Renewable Energy Certificate is designed so that it can be integrated with related career-focused academic programs at the college. As an example, following one possible option, a student could take a 65-credit course of study at Macomb, which can be accomplished in two years of full-time study, and could graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Maintenance Technology and certificates in both Renewable Energy and Electrical-Industrial Maintenance.

UMassOnline Announces Three New Offerings in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Environmental Public Policy, and a Green Building Professional Development Series –  The University of Massachusetts Online has announced three new programs: a concentration in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, a graduate certificate Environmental Public Policy, and the Green Building Professional Development Series. The concentration in Sustainable Entrepreneurship will include courses on holistic health, sustainable food and farming, geothermal energy conservation, and green building. The Environmental Public Policy graduate certificate comprises two required and two elective courses, all of which are entirely online. The required courses are: Public Institutions and the Policy Process and Environmental Policy. Electives include Environmental Consequences of Globalization, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and Ocean Policy and Law. Credits earned through the graduate certificate program will be transferable into the University’s Master’s degree in Public Policy anticipated for calendar year 2010. The Green Building Professional Development Series includes courses in Sustainable Building and LEED Certification, Energy Efficient Housing, The Built Environment, Green Building and Indoor Environmental Quality, and Sustainable Sites for Green Building.

City University of Seattle Launches Globally-Focused Sustainable Business MBA – The City University of Seattle (WA) has announced plans to offer a Masters of Business Administration degree in Sustainable Business and a Sustainable Business Graduate Certificate starting in the fall of 2009. Students who are enrolled in the MBA in Sustainable Business program will take the same core classes as the other CityU MBA programs that are available in the U.S., Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. Students will have the opportunity to take their core classes at these international locations during the program, and once the core classes are completed, they can either stay and take their sustainability courses online or come back to the Seattle, Wash. area and take the courses in the classroom. Program emphasis areas are in social and environmental responsibility, marketing in a new economy, environmental accounting, and sustainability and business opportunity.

Highland Community College Completes New Wind Turbine Technician Training Center – The construction of Highland Community College’s newest addition, a 5,500 square foot Wind Turbine Technician Training Center is complete. The center provides the much needed space to house the state’s first Wind Turbine Technician Associate of Applied Science degree. During the ribbon cutting ceremony held June 3, 2009, officials formally opened the facility that includes two dedicated classrooms, a sophisticated hydraulics lab and a large training “shop” that will house the equipment, components and tools needed to complete the Wind Turbine Technician training. The new center is has been fitted with specialized tools through a partnership with Rockford-based Greenlee Textron, Inc. Local participation was key to the successful completion of this project according to officials. Winter Construction of Freeport was the general contractor and R.L. Johnson and Associates was the architect for this project.

University of Wisconsin Extension Creates Online Sustainability Management Degree – The University of Wisconsin-Extension has created an online Sustainable Management Bachelor’s degree, a program designed to provide students with the management skills needed to lead sustainable business strategy. The 63-credit BS degree, which is only available to students who have completed an Associate’s degree or the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree, is an interdisciplinary program that helps students gain a broad understanding of the ways in which business systems, natural systems, and social systems intersect. The curriculum includes courses in Environmental Studies, Triple Bottom Line Accounting, Natural Resource Management, Information Systems, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability.


UMassOnline Certificate in Sustainability Studies

UMassOnline Certificate in Sustainability Studies

The online Sustainability Studies Certificate Program helps students gain an understanding of the theory and practice of sustainability. This program is available for both full time students and working professionals. Sustainability Studies looks to discover and examine humanity’s philosophies and practices, past and present, as they relate to the natural and social world, and consider what new or alternative philosophies and practices might be capable of providing a sustainable, balanced, and ethical future for the planet and its inhabitants.

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.