Sustainability Certificate

Sustainability Certificate

Addressing the challenge of using earth's resources sustainably requires a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, in which basic research about the causes and consequences of environmental problems is combined with an understanding of the incentives and processes for a large-scale reworking of economic activity and the technology with which to reconfigure the human effect on the natural world. Wellesley, Olin, and Babson Colleges are uniquely suited to address this challenge by providing a joint program capable of educating students in ways that each cannot accomplish alone. By truly integrating business, engineering, and the liberal arts in the service of environmental sustainability, this program will provide students with the cross- disciplinary academic preparation and the cross-campus cultural collaboration experiences needed to approach environmental issues holistically.

The Sustainability Certificate Program seeks to educate students to make use of the skills, tools, and concepts from the liberal arts, business, and engineering to address environmental challenges and work to move individuals and society to more sustainable practices.


Five courses are required for the completion of the Sustainability Certificate: 

  • Introductory Course
  • Synthesis Course
  • Three Electives from the Approved Certificate Program Electives List. (Note that you can take elective courses for the certificate before taking the Intro course or concurrently.)  

Click here for more information on course requirements and the elective list.

Students often declare their intention to pursue the certificate program after completing the introductory course but may do so at any time before taking the Sustainability Synthesis course.  Students must declare before enrolling in the synthesis course to be eligible to complete the certificate.  Students with declared program participation may request special consideration in registering for cross-campus electives with limited space or other constraints; please contact the program director. Interested and declared students should work with the Sustainability Certificate Campus Advisor for their home institution to pursue the certificate program; students may also contact the overall program director. Advising is a central part of ensuring a coherent structure to the certificate program, so students are strongly encouraged to declare their intention to complete the program as soon as they can and to work closely with their campus advisor on creating and revising their plan of study.

Please complete this short Declaration Survery  in coordination with your Campus Advisor to declare your intention to complete the program.  Completing the survey will allow you to receive critical communications about the program and your progress toward completion.  

The Program Director is Alison Wood, Olin College of Engineering,

The Campus Advisors are:

Jay Turner, Wellesley College,

Lucy McAllister, Babson College,

Alison Wood, Olin College of Engineering,