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Sustainable Development Courses

Take free online sustainable development courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX. Learn about the challenges and policies of economic development conducted without depleting natural resources.

What is Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development is about finding better ways of doing things and extends beyond just environmental concerns to meeting the diverse needs of all people in existing and future communities.

Online Sustainable Development Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to sustainable development policies, efforts, programs and advances with online courses from major universities and institutions worldwide. Edx offers both introductory and advanced courses and programs designed to help you learn about environmental sustainability, corporate sustainability, and other focuses of sustainable development in an engaging and effective online learning platform complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in sustainable development courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course. Get started learning about how you can be a part of the transition to a sustainable world with courses on sustainable nature resources, sustainable design, sustainable energy and more.

The Science and Practices of Sustainable Development from The University of Queensland is part of a MicroMasters program in global development and will introduce you to the science and policies behind sustainable development. Learn the origin, fundamental concepts and challenges of environmental, economic and social sustainability and understand what governments are doing to achieve sustainable development goals. Also note several courses from SDG Academy including Age of Sustainable Development, Cities and the Challenge of Sustainable Development, Natural Resources for Sustainable Development, and more.

Wageningen University and TU Delft offer multiple courses on sustainable food production and creating sustainable cities. Understand the core issues that impact global food production and know what types of production negatively impact the environment. Learn the basics of crop development and the sustainable practices that will impact future agricultural practices.

Explore these and other free online sustainable development courses. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.