SoCal Colleges Compete for Students — Offer Certificates in Global Sustainability and Green Building

by Robin Yeager on 08/17/2009

in Green Education/Training

A year ago, it was difficult to find any kind of green training that didn’t involve the installation of solar panels. Fortunately, educators have finally figured out that lots of adults with diverse backgrounds are interested in furthering their education with an eye to the future.

UC Irvine’s Extension program offers a 15-unit Sustainability Leadership Certificate. To obtain the Certificate, expect to spend about $650 per course to complete 4 required classes and 3 elective units in which a grade of “C” or better is required for credit. I can vouch for Judy Yorke’s Climate Protection and Environmental Sustainability class, which I took last winter. We learned a great deal as we prepared a personal, business or community climate action plan.

Additional UC Irvine classes include another area of specialized study — Sustainable Buildings: Renewable Energy Management.

A Global Sustainability Certificate with areas of emphasis in design, environmental law and policy, business strategy, energy and technology is offered by UCLA Extension. The 36-unit program is comprised of three required courses and 24 elective units requiring a “C” grade or better for credit. Courses are still being developed for the program, which will cost about $5,400. An open house is set for Sept. 15th from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Lindbrook Center in Westwood.

The good news is that you need not be enrolled in a certificate program to pick and choose from any of the courses offered by UCI or UCLA.

I’m among the first recipients of CSU Long Beach’s College of Continuing Education’s Green and Sustainable Building Certificate . The early registration fee for this fall’s 8-week course is $399. CSULB offers several related courses such as Green Interior Design.

Santa Monica College offers a 9-month Sustainable Building Advisor Certificate Program for roughly $2250. SMC also offers green classes in energy efficiency auditing, solar power systems and sustainable landscaping.

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