Applied Global StabilityGraduate Certificates

Sustainability training for community development workers

For those who work on global community development projects — especially those in developing countries — knowledge of how to manage and use resources sustainably can significantly boost efforts to improve standards of living in communities around the world. Whether you work for a non-governmental organization (NGO), the military, or another entity, Colorado State University's online Applied Global Stability graduate certificates will help you build the knowledge and skills to implement more environmentally sustainable practices where you serve.

Choose from three topic areas

Offered by CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SOGES), courses in these programs are taught by world-renowned experts in global environmental sustainability and agriculture. Learn about the importance of sustainable development and gain in-depth knowledge by focusing your studies on the area that best meets your needs. Certificates are available in:

The programs are applied in nature, meaning you learn practical skills that you can implement immediately to begin solving social, economic, and infrastructural stability and environmental sustainability issues.

Upon completion of any of the three Applied Global Stability graduate certificates, you will:

  • Better understand how your work and discipline fit into the bigger picture of global sustainability.
  • Recognize how water, agriculture, and natural resources are all interconnected.
  • Know how social and cultural factors weigh into what is considered sustainable for different populations, and how scientific, sociological, and economic facts impact solutions to sustainability issues.

Who should earn these certificates?

These programs are geared toward senior NCOs and mid-career officers in Special Operations and Civil Affairs units, as well as Department of Defense, USAID, Peace Corps, and other professionals working to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Coursework is designed for individuals working in the field for organizations focused on improving people's lives through the development of sustainable environmental practices.

Students should be comfortable with independent work online and have a relevant background — either academically or professionally — in topic areas related to these certificates.

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