The Certificate in Sustainable Business prepares working professionals and students to harness innovation that benefits the environment, the economy, and communities. Integrating traditional business skills with world-changing thinking, the Sustainable Business program explores sustaining the ecosystem while also increasing business opportunities for a greater good.
McIntire’s Sustainable Business Certificate has opened doors and provided new focus for me in my professional field. I studied sustainability and business separately in college, but this certification marries the skills of both disciplines and allowed me to make tangible change in my organization. I am equipped to identify sustainability challenges in business, evaluate opportunities for improvement and implement new processes and solutions that both work towards a sustainable future and support the bottom line.
Developed in partnership with environmental nonprofit GreenBlue, the 14-week online course of study gives students a broad base of information on major topics:
Business are embracing sustainable practices.
Explore effective approaches to market sustainable products, services, and behaviors.
Providing a framework for evaluating productive opportunities and guiding capital towards environmentally and socially desirable ends.
Sustainability requires leadership, motivation and commitment from all members of an organization.
Understand how a firm’s strategy is an important component to its success as a sustainable business.
Sustainable Design perspectives in the workplace.
Understand the impact of the built environment on natural resources and human health.
Understand the importance of our limited freshwater and the impact of human influence on our oceans and ecosystems.
Understand the impact of humans as we intentionally or unintentionally transform the land. The sustainability challenges associated with land, food and forests.
Obtain a scientific understanding of how energy-related emissions contribute to global warming and become conversant about the evolution of international climate-change mitigation treaties.
Understand the widely used sustainability evaluation technique known as life cycle analysis (LCA).
Associate Professor of Commerce; Director, McIntire Business Institute
Assistant Professor of Communication, General Faculty; Director, Management Communication Programs
Professor of Architecture; Director, Global Environments and Sustainability Major
Professor of Environmental Science
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director of Graduate Studies