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Certificate in Sustainability

Enhance your undergraduate degree and expand your job prospects in the growing sustainability sector. Gain significant exposure to sustainability-related concepts and practices and learn how to critically evaluate sustainability efforts.

This certificate is coordinated by the School of Environment and Sustainability but is open to all students registered in undergraduate degree programs, no matter their academic background. The program typically begins in the second year of students’ degree programs with ENVS 201 and students can choose from one of three areas of focus: natural resources and sustainability, community and sustainability, or food systems and sustainability.


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Certificate in Sustainability

Students choose from electives from one of three areas of focus:

  • natural resources and sustainability
  • community and sustainability
  • food systems and sustainability

Admission Requirements

For students currently enrolled at the U of S, there are no specific admission requirements to enroll in this certificate program and the program is open to students from any U of S college. Current students should contact their academic advisor and the School of Environment and Sustainability to enroll in the certificate. The certificate typically begins in the second year of a student’s degree program.

Please note: the School is not currently accepting students who wish to take the Certificate as a stand-alone program

Students who wish to pursue the Certificate in Sustainability as a stand-alone program in the School of Environment and Sustainability will follow the undergraduate admission requirements, application procedure and deadlines of the College of Arts and Science. Prior to initiating this process, students should contact the School of Environment and Sustainability for assistance.

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability addresses the complexities of human-environment systems, with a goal of reducing poverty and maintaining ecosystem services while meeting the needs of the present generation, and not compromising the needs of future generations. Understanding the principles of sustainability and the interdependencies of the environment, the economy and social systems can help us learn to make the changes necessary to become effective local and global citizens.

The Certificate in Sustainability is comprised of three core courses and four electives. The three core courses include: ENVS 201 Foundations of Sustainability, ENVS 401 Sustainability in Action and INDG 107 Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies. Through their choice of electives, students will learn techniques and tools for sustainability and decide between three areas of focus: natural resources and sustainability, community and sustainability, or food systems and sustainability.

Sample Classes

ENVS 201.3 – Foundations of Sustainability

The intention of this course is to provide foundational knowledge about sustainability science and concepts while also exposing students to the key foci areas they can pursue with the certificate. A final class group project will emphasize collaborative interaction based on sustainability themes.

ENVS 401.3 – Sustainability in Action

This course combines seminars and project‐based activities to examine local and global sustainability issues, integrating perspectives and knowledge from both the social and natural sciences. Students will work in interdisciplinary, collaborative groups to address sustainability challenges.

INDG 107.3 – Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

This course aims to develop students' critical reading, writing, and thinking skills and provide the background necessary for advanced Indigenous Studies courses. Through course lectures and seminar discussions this course presents an overview of Aboriginal societies across Saskatchewan and Canada by linking processes of the past with contemporary issues.

Career Opportunities

Sustainability is one of the fastest growing job sectors in Canada and graduates in this field are in high demand. Careers are diverse and graduates can be found working in:

  • Environmental consulting
  • Government policy analysis
  • Municipal environmental services
  • Community engagement and communications
  • Environmental assessment and planning
  • Environment and sustainability research 

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