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Lead the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Efforts For Your Organization

The commitment to sustainability by companies in the United States and worldwide has never been greater. With increased social, economic and political pressures, companies are looking to develop or hire qualified professionals in the fields of sustainability and corporate social responsibility who can lead their efforts to comply with new regulations, standards and laws.

Students learn to build a Sustainability Business Plan and how to incorporate this plan into the organization’s Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, culture, mission and vision in USD's Certificate in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

All students will leave the program with a Sustainability Business Plan that can be immediately implemented at their organization.

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Why enroll in a certificate program?

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify the concepts of sustainability and the basic concepts of climate change science and its impacts as they affect corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices
  • Recognize the main risks, opportunities and practices now seen in global supply chain management from both conceptual and practical perspectives on sustainable practices
  • Recognize key leadership behaviors that foster successful organizational change efforts
  • Formulate different options to assist corporate leaders in manifesting good corporate citizenship
    within their communities while also meeting obligations to primary stakeholders for profitability
  • Become conversant in several of the measurement tools used to judge sustainable achievement
    and use strategies and decisions to determine which reports will be provided to stakeholders

Who Should Attend

This program targets individuals already working in environmental, green or sustainability fields. Also, emerging leaders who desire enhanced skills and career changers seeking new opportunities in the sustainability sector will find this program beneficial.

What these people have in common is an interest to learn more about best practices in corporate sustainability, integrating new requirements, regulations and laws, and helping to professionalize an emerging industry with proper education and skill sets. Specific career paths include: construction, energy, operations, sustainability, and engineering to name a few.

Course Format



This unique instructional team includes faculty from USD’s School of Business, School of Law, School of Leadership and Education Science and the College of Arts and Sciences. This program is the first Certificate program to bring together faculty from across campus, representing cross-disciplines to create and build the newest non-degree offering. In addition to the exceptional faculty, practitioners representing a variety of industries will instruct in the program, bringing their practical application and tales from the trenches to the classroom experience.


Each course will meet weekly in the evening, 6:00pm – 9:10pm. The program can be successfully completed in six months, and will be delivered as lively lectures, activities, and small and large group exercises. At the end of the program, each student will walk away with their personal Sustainable and Social Responsibility Business Plan to be used immediately within the organization.


Sustainability courses will be scheduled in early 2015. To receive program updates, click on the "Receive Program News and Updates" button to the right.

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