Professional Certificate in

Applied Sustainability Management

applied sustainability in practice

Wentworth's certificate in applied sustainability management is intended for construction and facilities management professionals who seek to build competencies in sustainability best practices that can be applied to the working environment.  In addition to a comprehensive overview of the concept of sustainability, students will learn about topics such as financial planning and project management through the lens of sustainability.

Wentworth has chosen to partner with Chapman Construction/Design for the development of this curriculum. Founded in 1984, Chapman provides industry leading sustainable construction management and consulting services to forward looking corporate, education, and medical/biotech clients. This partnership was formed to develop the highest quality and most up to date instruction of real world sustainable applications.

This program is ideal for adult learners, with fast-paced seven week courses that allow you to quickly gain career-enhancing skills.  A certificate in applied sustainability management will be awarded upon successful completion of the required six courses.

Students who successfully complete this certificate are eligible for eight (8) credits towards general electives in our bachelor's degree programs.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application
  • Current resume
  • $50 application fee

Successful applicants for admission should

  • Be 22 years of age or older
  • Have a minimum of 3 years work experience

Each Course

  • Length: 7 weeks
  • CEU: 2.8 per/course
  • Cost: $715 per/course

Certificate Requirements

  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Facility Management

Course Descriptions

This course sets the groundwork for the certificate program.  Concepts of "Green" and "Sustainability" will be reviewed as well as true meanings and common misconceptions of these terms.  Why should we construct, renovate, oversee and manage projects that are environmentally and ethically responsible.  Common practices and materials will be introduced as well as a review of third party certification systems, such as LEED, currently in use in the Construction Management and Maintenance industries.  Sustainable process and oversight from an interdisciplinary perspective will be studied.  How the owner can ensure that their investment in sustainable practices is being protected.  Subjects covered include: Building Systems and Energy Consumption; Sourcing, Procurement and Installation of Materials; Indoor Air and Environmental Quality; Project Team Roles; Rights and Responsibility; Community Impact and Public Opinion. 

This course covers the economic considerations of sustainable planning, construction, maintenance, and operations.  Return on investment analysis, leasing, contracts, risk management and current market trends will be studied. Third party relationships, such as government and utility incentives, will also be addressed. Indoor air quality, long and short term benefits, liability, misrepresentation and concepts of Green Washing will be discussed.

The study of the methods, concepts, and procedures of project management for sustainable building will be addressed.  Considers team development, accountability, sequencing of events, scheduling, coordination of consultants, budgeting, contract administration, purchasing, and estimating.  These considerations will be used to compare a baseline construction project to one that will be LEED certified.

This course provides a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts in sustainable practices and why a broad understanding of the economic and societal changes are valuable to all professionals.  Students will research and apply concepts needed to successfully organize, monitor, communicate and develop a sustainability program. Guest speakers, case studies and field trips will be used to help further illustrate topics on Sustainability and the Environment.
  • Understand the importance of sustainable practices for the facility
  • Understand the growing importance of sustainable design in modern Facilities Management, assess and identify facility needs and requirements including appropriate materials for sustainable design
  • Leadership, principles, and elements of an effective sustainability program

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