Certificate in Business and Environmental Sustainability

As more and more companies focus on environmental stewardship, it’s no longer enough to know about traditional business practices. Many positions now require employees to be knowledgeable about environmentally sustainable, cost-saving measures and socially responsible practices. Developing expertise in this area is essential for advancement.

The undergraduate certificate in business and environmental sustainability is designed to provide historical, economical, legal and ethical knowledge needed to make sound, forward-thinking and environmentally conscious business decisions.

Program Design

This certificate program courses are offered in multiple modalities, including online and independent study with SUNY Empire State College faculty. The Business and Environmental Sustainability Certificate courses are fully applicable to an undergraduate degree program developed in the business, management and economics area of study.


The courses must be taken sequentially beginning with an introductory course and culminating with the capstone course. The capstone, Managing Sustainable Organizations, provides an opportunity to synthesize and integrate all that you have learned.

ENSC 2000Principles of Environmental Sustainability4
ECON 3020Ecological Economics4
BUSN 3055Ethics & the Ecology of Business4
MGMT 3040Managing Sustainable Organizations4

Enroll in the Certificate Program for Business and Environmental Sustainability

Currently enrolled students: Submit the online Degree Add/Change Request Form, select “add”, select “CUG” for degree, and choose “Business and Environmental Sustainability” for program. . If you are not currently enrolled, apply online and select the certificate option.

Certificate students who are concurrently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program are eligible to apply for federal financial aid, while those students who enroll only in the certificate program are not.

Certificate Program Coordinator

Julie Gedro, MBA, SHRM-SCP, Ed.D., Dean of the School of Business.

Email questions about the certificate courses to sustainabilitycert@esc.edu.