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In the United States, sustainability has gained importance in business, industry, government, government agencies, higher education, and in the general public's consciousness.  The goal of meeting today's needs without harming future generations' ability to realize their potential is a hallmark of sustainable practices, and there is widespread interest from many disciplines and sectors in developing, enhancing, and integrating sustainability into aspects of products, services, and solutions.  Thus, the need to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to make contributions to sustainability initiatives has never been greater.  Green jobs are rapidly being created as the economy begins embracing sustainable, energy efficiency, and low-carbon practices.  The driving forces behind the development of green jobs are businesses wishing to maintain cutting edge technology, become more energy efficient, while lowering their carbon footprint, or becoming entirely carbon neutral.

This certificate is designed to address a growing need for professionals who can contribute to the green global workforce with knowledge in sustainable practices in current technologies.  The Sustainable Technologies Certificate will be beneficial to students who want to acquire knowledge in areas of renewable energies, green building, and sustainable design, and who may want to pursue a career in a sustainable technology.  The Sustainable Technologies Certificate courses are fully online.  To learn more visit the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication website.


Candidates for this certificate are required to be formally admitted by the IUPUI Office of Admissions, but not required to be a student in the Purdue School of Engineering Technology.  To earn the Sustainable Technologies Certificate, or any other certificates, students must contact the department to complete paperwork to add the certificate to their program plan of study before they enroll in the last semester or sooner.  Applications for graduation must be completed one semester prior to completion of the required curriculum.

Curriculum (18 credit hours)

Students are required to successfully complete a total of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to earn the certificate.  No more than 6.0 units of transfer credit can be applied towards this certificate.  All students must successfully complete all of the following required core courses:

  • OLS 20000 - Introduction to Sustainable Principles and Practices - 3 credit hours
  • TECH 30100 - Renewable Energy Technologies* - 3 credit hours
  • TECH 30200 - Introduction to Green Building Technologies*1 or
    • TECH 30400 - Green Building: Information Modeling1 - 3 credit hours
  • TECH 30300 - Energy Efficiency and Auditing - 3 credit hours
  • OLS 30200 - Leadership and Economic Aspects of Sustainability - 3 credit hours
  • TECH 40200 - Emerging Green Technologies* - 3 credit hours

1Certificate students choose only one of these courses.