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Graduate Certificate in Sustainability (Proposed)

Recent Project Updates

  • 4/4/2024

    The Education iCAP team met on Teams from 1-2 PM on Thursday, April 4th. Meeting minutes are attached.

  • 8/30/2022

    The Education iCAP team had a hybrid meeting from 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 PM on Monday, August 29th. The team reviewed the Education iCAP objectives, shared project updates, and brainstormed new action ideas for this semester.

Key Objective


The iCAP 2020 objective 6.6 is to "Offer a new graduate certifi-cate in sustainability by FY24." The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is iSEE.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign educates more than 16,000 graduate students.[1] While many do not work in fields directly related to sustainability, it is increasingly true that many care deeply about environmental issues and wish to incorporate sustainability awareness into their research, classrooms, and workplaces. 

To integrate sustainability themes into diverse graduate programs, iSEE plans to coordinate a graduate certificate in sustainability. Students will commit to a core course requirement, after which they can pursue one of multiple tracks (e.g., infrastructure and planning, business applications of sustainability, human dimensions, policy, etc.). 

Implementation of a new graduate certificate in sustainability can be leveraged with external funding support, such as the graduate NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program.

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