Certificate in Sustainability

Ben and Rebakka at campus garden
Do you want to help create a thriving world that is ecologically healthy, economically viable, and socially just?

Do you want real world sustainability experience that will create opportunities for you professionally?

Do you want to learn how a sustainability lens can address the “triple bottom line” of planet, people, and profit?

Franklin Pierce University's Certificate in Sustainability enables students in any major to gain practical experience in creating and implementing solutions to real sustainability challenges, on campus or in the community. Beginning with an experiential course that introduces the principles and practices of sustainability (ES 202 or ES 240), students gain a diverse set of skills, knowledge, and techniques, through a series of Green Earth courses that qualify for both the Certificate and the student’s major or minor program. These courses involve “green” topics, themes, laboratory and field skills, or projects that students can adapt to incorporate a sustainability focus. Ranging from natural sciences and the arts to communication, marketing and psychology, the Green Earth courses reflect how sustainability applies to multiple academic and professional fields. 

Then, usually in collaboration with other sustainability leaders (university staff and faculty, students or community members), students weave these “green threads” into a comprehensive sustainability project (ES 302), in which they extend and apply those lessons in a uniquely experiential learning environment.
The Certificate in Sustainability gives students a chance to develop a pre-professional portfolio while developing the project management, communication, and leadership skills needed to solve sustainability problems on any scale.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Sustainability Certificate, students complete the following sequence:

  1. Complete ONE of the following courses:
    • ES 202 Sustainability Seminar or
    • ES 240 Creating Sustainable Communities
  2. Take 3 Green Earth courses (see below). These courses may satisfy a requirement for the student’s general education, major or minor program as well as the Sustainability Certificate.
  3. Complete ES 302 Sustainability Project. Examples of projects may include a semester-long climate campaign, completing a greenhouse gas inventory, developing a habitat or garden management plan, implementing an initiative to reduce solid waste, creating a documentary video, performance or art installation, “greening” graduation, or other projects. The Sustainability Coordinator works with the student to align project activities with Sustainability Center and institutional priorities as well as course and program learning goals, and to connect the student with the people and resources needed to complete the project.

Green Earth Courses:

  • AN210 Contemporary Native America
  • AN220 Global Problems
  • BI217 Tropical Forest Ecology
  • BI/ES 218 Ecology
  • BI342 Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • BI430 Forest Ecology
  • CH221 Environmental Chemistry
  • CIT222 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • ED314 Challenges in Math and Science
  • ES101 Introduction to Env. Science I
  • ES102 Introduction to Env. Science II
  • ES106 Environment & Society
  • ES214 Coastal Ecology
  • ES236 Environmental Education and Citizen Engagement
  • ES245 Alternate Energy
  • ES265 Natural Resources Law and Policy
  • ES301 Place, Community, and American Culture
  • ES320 Wetland Ecology
  • FA235 Printmaking
  • FA322, FA323, FA324 Ceramics II, III, IV
  • GL205 Environmental Geology
  • HP211 Introduction to Public History
  • HP240 Environmental History
  • IC110 Integrated Science - Global Change: Oceans
  • IC111 Integrated Science - Global Change: Climate
  • MC211 Journalism I
  • MC252 Journalism II
  • MC346 Media and the Environment
  • MC352 Feature Writing
  • MK201 Principles of Marketing
  • MK314 Consumer Behavior
  • MK333 Marketing Research
  • MK350 Electronic Commerce (website project)
  • MK/AD304 Advertising (advertising campaign)
  • MK335 Public Relations (public relations campaign)
  • MK474 Marketing Management for a Green Economy
  • PA/ES306 Philosophy of Science and Nature
  • PO344 Environmental Politics
  • PS 261 Research Methods for Psychology
  • PS 322  Social Psychology
  • SO101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SO203 Community Organization
  • SO450 Seminar in Sociological Perspectives
  • SR246 Parks and Natural Resource Management


Want to Know More?

For more information, please contact:

Jess Gerrior, MS
Sustainability Coordinator
603.899.4175

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