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Truman State University Sustainability and Environmental Studies Certificate

Marketable skills for the new green economy.

What is Sustainability and Environmental Studies? An interdisciplinary team of faculty across several departments currently offers undergraduate options in Environmental Studies on the Truman campus and supports an ongoing campus Sustainability Initiative. These faculty have come together to create Truman’s first graduate-level certificate in Sustainability and Environmental Studies. The certificate is intended for those individuals who want an improved knowledge of the relationship of the environment and environmental policies to their business or future career, those who seek work in developing or implementing environmental policies for business or government, or for those who possess a strong personal interest in global ecological relationships and how their roles as workers, consumers, leaders, and everyday citizens interact with our global commons. Courses will be offered in 8 and 10-week formats, though some options of greater length may be available.  The Sustainability and Environmental Studies Certificate is a great alternative to a fullfledged degree in environmental studies for those who could benefit from a greater understanding of the scientific, economic, policy, and regulatory environment of sustainability.  The proposed program meets a special need for working professionals who may wish to acquire skills in the area of sustainability, to better position themselves in the workplace, but lack the time or the financial resources to commit to a full-blown Master’s program at the present time.  Such training is particularly well-timed to respond to government initiatives to stimulate the development of “Green Industries” and to encourage appropriate workforce development in response to the state of the current economy.  Beyond the individual benefits, this certificate affords businesses an opportunity to obtain continuing education for their employees in an area that could have tangible effects on the corporate bottom line.  Coursework is offered entirely online.

Is this program right for me? The certificate is intended for practicing professionals in a range of fields—but primarily in business and industry—who want to augment their workplace leadership skills with knowledge of the emerging field of sustainability studies. The certificate also serves to assist those students thinking about pursuing broader graduate coursework or research in environmental studies to ascertain the value of such a track. • The program is ideal for the student wanting to improve his or her career training who does not have the time to enroll in or pay for a full degree program. • Truman has one of the most affordable tuition rates in the region at just over $300 per credit hour for in-state students. • For Truman graduates, the Sustainability and Environmental Studies Certificate adds outstanding value to an already out standing degree. • Highly qualified Truman faculty and sustainability experts offer the certificate entirely online. • Qualified Boeing employees are eligible for tuition assistance under the Boeing Learning Together Program. Other businesses may also qualify. Ask your employer. • The entire program can be completed in about one calendar year!


The Sustainability and Environmental Studies Certificate requires completion of four classes. Two courses are required and two courses may be chosen from an optional list of three specialized electives. All courses are three credit hours each. The Sustainability and Environmental Studies Certificate has been proposed for inclusion in Truman State’s accreditation relationship with the Higher Learning Commission. This proposal was reviewed in Spring 2011, with formal action expected by Summer 2011.

Course Descriptions IDSM 620G Sustainability:   From Science to Society (Required)   This course begins by investigating the scientific knowledge informing our sense of ecological challenges to sustainability, including climate change, loss of biological diversity and ecosystem services, and invasive species. Primary literature will provide most of the resources for this portion of the course. The course then proceeds to address responses to these challenges, from local grassroots efforts to international treaties. Here, various sources are relevant, addressing diverse endeavors ranging from the building of a seed savers network; to considering regional and national carbon trading schemes (and legislation/regulation); to international efforts to minimize species introductions, ozone-depleting atmospheric pollutants, and greenhouse gas emissions.

IDSM 621G Applied Sustainability: Optimizing Value from Concept to the Boardroom to the Bottom-Line (Required) This course will examine the practical application of implementing sustainability in business, real estate, and products; focused on minimizing total costs, maximizing total benefits, and optimizing true value and total return on investment. We will study best practices, lessons learned, barriers, opportunities, risk management, and rewards of implementing sustainability in an increasingly complex and dynamic legal and regulatory environment. Included will be exploration of topics such as socially responsible investing (SRI), environmental and social governance (ESG), the triple bottom-line, cradle to cradle, sustainable real estate development and sustainable community development, and sustainable facilities management. Examples of innovative business models and sus-

tainable enterprise software tools will be touched upon as ways to enhance longer-term value, capitalize on opportunities, manage risks, and bridge the split incentive dilemma that sustainability often presents in the short-term.

POL 620G The Politics of Sustainability (Elective) This course will study the politics and policies of environmental sustainability. The focus will cover both domestic and international aspects of the issue, with a concentration on the role and actions of relevant institutions such as Congress, courts, bureaucracy, and international bodies; local and grassroots politics; social justice and sustainability; and the sustainability philosophies and perspectives of “radical” movements.

GEOG 620G Environmental Geography (Elective) The purpose of this course is to convey to students a geographically based critique of current, socially and environmentally unsustainable interactions of humans with their natural environment, and of practical strategies to promote more sustainable economic development that addresses the concerns of diverse sectors of society and are adapted to the specificities of different places.

ECON 620G The Economics of Sustainability (Elective) This course examines the economics of the sustainable use of natural resources, and the consequences of failure to do so. Topics covered will include: problems associated with optimal usage and management of common-pool resources; environmental regulation; the impact of government taxes and subsidies; environmental benefit estimation methods; cost-benefit analysis; sustainable agriculture; energy policy; transportation policy; and urban design.   The EXCEL spreadsheet program will be used to do costbenefit analysis.  Prerequisites:  ECON 201 or Equivalent

To be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements: • Students must complete an application for Graduate Studies as a Graduate Certificate Student.

• Applicants are encouraged to submit a copy of undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts to demonstrate sufficient preparation at the time of application. Students may not enroll • Students must possess a baccalaureate degree beyond their second course without providfrom an accredited post-secondary institution ing an official transcript. (or its international equivalent). • Assessment and enforcement of student • Students must have at least a 2.5 cumulative qualifications shall be at the discretion undergraduate GPA or demonstrate sufficient of the Graduate Dean or his/her designate. professional experience to prepare them for the proposed field of study.

Applications can be completed online by visiting

Online System Requirements Students participating in the certificate program will take their courses entirely online. Students access course content and submit assignments by the Blackboard system (http://blackboard. Students using Blackboard will need a broadband Internet connection, a computer with sufficient processing speed, and a compatible web browser. For most operating systems (Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7; Mac OSX) Microsoft Explorer 7 or 8, Mozilla Firefox 3.5x or 3.6x, or Safari 4 will work with Blackboard. For a complete list of compatibility tests and certifications for different operating systems and browsers, visit action?pageId=38830689.

Graduation Requirements

Detailed graduation requirements are described on the program website, including a minimum required GPA of a 3.0 and stipulations regarding continuous enrollment. Interested students should review these requirements carefully before enrolling.

For more information contact: The Truman Institute Truman State University 100 E. Normal Ave. Baldwin Hall 110 Kirksville, MO 63501 Phone: 660-785-5384 Fax: 660-785-7202 E-mail: For more information on the program, and links to apply online, visit:

Sustainability and Environmental Studies Certificate  
Sustainability and Environmental Studies Certificate  

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