Sustainability Specialist Certificate - Water

Course Description

In addition to two courses that establish a foundation of knowledge around sustainability, this specialty certificate provides a comprehensive treatment of the environmental, economic, and social concerns associated with the increasing global and national water availability crisis. Through this combination of online courses participants examine key water systems issues that represent a critical challenge to long-term sustainability, including water pollution, the depletion of major aquifers, and the deterioration in continental watersheds. Participants also explore water conservation policies, strategies, and technologies. Read more about the Water and Sustainability course. 


Participants have 90 days from the time of enrollment to complete all certificate requirements. It is estimated to take 8 hours to complete requirements to earn this Specialist Certificate and you may do so online, at your own pace. Please note that courses are available on-demand, so the time limits begin upon enrollment.

Certificate Prerequisites

You're required to complete the online courses Introduction to Sustainability (aka the Apprentice Certificate) and Core Concepts in Sustainability (aka the Professional Certificate) to be eligible to earn the Specialist Certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Examine the major concerns related to global water availability, including the environmental, economic, and social aspects. 
  • Describe the water cycle and the ways in which humans impact this cycle. 
  • Identify the major sources of fresh water and the ecological systems that rely on them. 
  • Explore contemporary patterns of water consumption, including water use by sector. 
  • Differentiate between water “overuse” and “waste.” 
  • Examine water treatment and distribution systems. 
  • Discuss opportunities for water conservation, including policies, strategies, and technologies.
  • Design a plan to address a water systems problem in the home, school, workplace, or community.

Total Certificate Cost

$275 USD

Certificate Cost for those who have already completed the prerequisites

*$125 USD


*Significant discounts available for schools and institutions - contact us for details.


All Required Courses

Introduction to Sustainability: Its Purposes, Challenges and Requirements (approximately 1.5 hours)

Core Concepts in Sustainability (approximately 3 hours)

Water and Sustainability (approximately 3.5 hours)