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Professional Certificate in
Foundations of Sustainable Development

What you will learn

  • The basics of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The role of people: from inequality, to poverty, to health and human rights.
  • The role of the planet: planetary boundaries, the value of renewable energy, and sustainable consumption of our natural resources.
  • Tipping points: the big three boundaries of the planet.
  • Global governance: how do we move forward as a planet for sustainability?

The future is sustainable. Is your career?

Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. Its fundamental question is: How can the world economy continue to develop in a way that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable to face global challenges? A thriving global society relies on the stability of the Earth and its resilience across oceans, ecosystems, waterways, biodiversity, the atmosphere, and more. So, how do we shape sustainability at a global scale? And with the growing demand for “green skills” in jobs around the world, how can professionals drive sustainability in their industries? 

Delve into the foundations of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, environmental scientist Johan Rockström,and the history and science of the SDGs with the Stockholm Resilience Center and other global leaders in the field. For this professional graduate certificate in sustainable development, you will learn the tenets of sustainable development and how our societies can develop within the planet’s boundaries to prevent biodiversity loss, deforestation, desertification, and environmental degradation. 

From learning the interactions between sustainable economic growth and environmental sustainability to understanding activities that drive climate change and the boundaries set by the planet’s natural resources, this professional sustainable development certificate will help you gain the skills and knowledge necessary to tackle global challenges.

In each sustainable development course, you will look into the human activities that impact sustainability and learn about initiatives for climate action. You will be taught by world-renowned economist and pioneer in the field of Sustainable Development, Jeffrey Sachs and Co-Director at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Johan Rockström along with other experts from the Stockholm Resilience Center.

Take one more course, Measuring Sustainable Development, to put yourself on the path towards a Master's degree in Sustainable Development! Learn about our Master’s Pathway here.

Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
6 months
3 - 5 hours per week
Discounted price: $106.20
Pre-discounted price: $118USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. SDGAcademyX's Foundations of Sustainable Development Professional Certificate

  2. 4–6 hours per week, for 14 weeks

    Learn the basics of sustainable development -- what it is, why it's important and how we can achieve it.

  3. 2–4 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    Can our planet continue to support the current scope of human activity?

    • The demand for Green skills including Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy, and Environmental Awareness in the job market is rapidly increasingly (source: LinkedIn Green Economy Report 2022).
    • The green hiring rate has accelerated ahead of the overall hiring rate in most economies around the world. This means that, globally, workers with green skills were hired at a higher rate than non-green workers (source: LinkedIn Green Economy Report 2022)
    • Career prospects for people with sustainable development training include: sustainability manager, compliance manager, data scientist, software engineer, finance, climate-tech and many more (source: Business Insider)

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