Sustainability Management Certificate of Professional Preparation

For Spring Term 2021, we are offering in-person, hybrid, remote and online  courses.  
In-person courses will have class meetings on campus in accordance with established College safety protocols. Hybrid courses will have a combination of in-person and remote/online content. Remote courses show a day and time and will have class meetings via live video. Online courses will contain fully online content without set meeting times.
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For an increasing number of businesses, the bottom line is not only profit, but also the planet. As organizations add sustainability to their business goals, the need for skilled professionals to develop, implement and manage sustainable initiatives that create value is growing. With this certificate, you’ll learn proactive strategies to help businesses thrive while reducing their ecological footprint and benefiting their communities.

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Getting Started: Spring Term 2021

Oct. 1:  Financial Aid

Jan. 4:  Application

Jan. 11:  Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Industry-driven curriculum: Courses were developed with input from the regional business community and economic development agencies.
  • Flexible schedule: Courses are offered online, so you can study when and where you want.
  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are industry-focused with real-world and classroom expertise.  
  • Affordable tuition: Seminole State has significantly lower costs than Florida's universities.

Additional Information

  • Chris Beehner, Program Manager
  • School of Business, Health and
    Public Safety

Sustainability Management Certificate of Professional Preparation
Major Code : SUSTMGT-BC
CIP: 5553033010

Program Description

The Sustainability Management post-baccalaureate certificate prepares students for entry-level and mid-level positions within the growing field of sustainability. The curriculum emphasizes the skills necessary to manage sustainability programs and initiatives regardless of prior management experience or training. The Sustainability Management certificate prepares students for careers as Sustainability Coordinators, Sustainability Managers and Sustainability Directors in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Program Admission

Prerequisite: A conferred Bachelor's degree, from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0 is required to qualify for admission consideration.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
This course covers the introduction to the theory and practice of managing formal organizations, including planning, organization theory, human behavior and control.
This course covers the introduction of the theory and practice of operations research and logistics.
This course covers a complete and comprehensive review of human resource management concepts.

Choose 9 credits from the following list:

This course is intended to provide an overview of concepts, tools and techniques necessary to build and operate a sustainable organization. Topics covered include the role of leadership in sustainability, organizational design issues, capital investment, costing and risk management systems, incentives and rewards, measurement of social, environmental and economic impacts, green marketing concepts and internal and external reporting.
This course introduces students to assessment tools, design and construction considerations and operating planning requirements for sustainable enterprises. Students will learn about the ecological and economic benefits of sustainability/green practices. Additionally, they will learn how product, process and service decisions affect sustainable enterprise concepts. Today's enterprises focus on social and environmental challenges, marketing, supply chain decisions, recycling, reusing, reconditioning and other product and service decisions in order to realize a competitive advantage. This course will focus on best practices, case studies, evolving trends and experimental efforts regarding sustainable/green systems.
This course is intended to provide an overview of the principles of sustainability regarding the natural environment. Topics covered include the effects of mitigation of air, land and water pollution, soil erosion and resource extraction, climate change and threats to biodiversity.
This course explores Issues of community resiliency and sustainability specific to emergency and crisis management. Other topics to be covered include public policy and management, urban planning and development, and community sociology.
The rapid growth of tourism worldwide has created many challenges and opportunities for established and emerging tourism destinations. This course looks at how to conduct a tourism assessment to examine tourism potential and how to measure the potential costs and benefits of a tourism development program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student's academic program.
Total Credits:

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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Tuition and Fees*

Seminole State
Tuition and Fees$1,799
Room and Board-0-
Books and Supplies$500

For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2019-20 fee schedule.

* Tuition costs are based on 15 total credit hours for this program in the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 terms for in-state students. Book expenses are estimates and may vary by course. Lab fees and other fees that may assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

Career Opportunities


Sustainability professionals help organizations achieve their goals by ensuring that their business practices are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Sustainability managers come from diverse backgrounds, have different job titles and perform a broad range of duties. Sustainability managers are responsible for developing and implementing an organization's sustainability plans and presenting these plans to senior staff. They might also be responsible for ensuring that an organization is in compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations. Many sustainability managers rely on their public relations and communications skills to work with concerned citizens in local communities.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Opportunities

  • Sustainability Analyst
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Director of Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
  • Resilience Manager

Job Outlook

Though the outlook of each career path will vary, on the whole, sustainability careers are growing rapidly. Sustainability is a burgeoning industry that is growing as technology advances and the world's usual natural resources become more and more scarce. Green jobs and careers in sustainability are also beginning to replace jobs that once existed in now-dead industries, resulting in a rapid growth rate. Source:

Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not have wage data specifically for sustainability occupations, you can view information on sustainability careers on the BLS Green Jobs website. Nationally, careers in sustainability offer competitive salaries.