Certificate in Sustainability Management

Note: Many of the courses in this program are available by distance education; refer to the Distance Education section below. Visit the distance education website for further information.

The post-baccalaureate certificate consists of six courses: three required and three electives. The first required course provides conceptual, theoretical, historical, and practical frameworks for understanding how society addresses sustainability issues, and the second required course uses these frameworks to examine sustainability-related issues society faces today. The third required course is a unique capstone course where learners have the opportunity to integrate sustainability’s “Triple-Bottom Line” (TBL/3BL) or “People-Planet-Profit” (PPP) approach – this being sustainable development’s interlinking of social, economic, and environmental dimensions – by applying competencies and knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum.

Through three elective courses in specialized streams of Natural Environment, Urban Environment, and Socioeconomics of Sustainability, learners will be equipped with specific knowledge pertinent to their personal goals or professional interests.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field with a GPA of 2.0, or equivalent

OR

  • A post-secondary diploma with a GPA of 2.0, or equivalent, AND two years of professional experience in a relevant field

OR

  • A relevant post-secondary certificate with a GPA of 2.0, or equivalent, AND three years of professional practice in a relevant field

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Transfer Credits

Up to three transfer credits may be granted for previous studies similar to the courses listed in the elective streams. If an appropriate equivalency is established, a specific credit will be granted; however, a generic transfer credit (CKSS GEN) will be considered if a direct course equivalency cannot be established, but the course falls within one of the three elective streams of the certificate.

The primary requirements for a course to be considered for the CKSS GEN credit is as follows:

  • it must connect to and/or fall within one of the Natural Environment, Urban Environment, or Socioeconomics of Sustainability elective streams

OR

  • it must cover, in varying degrees, all of the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability/sustainable development

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission requirements and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six single-term courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CKSS 100   Sustainability:  Fundamentals in Sustainability I
CKSS 101   Sustainability:  Fundamentals in Sustainability II
CKSS 102   Sustainability:  Capstone Experiential Learning Course


Electives

Students select a total of three electives from one or more of the three streams.

Natural Environment Electives

CKES 130   Environmental Engineering Science:  Applied Ecology
CKES 160   Environmental Engineering Science:  Waste Management
CKES 180   Environmental Engineering Science:  Site Assessment
CKES 190   Environmental Engineering Science:  Renewable Energy and Green Technology
CKES 210   Environmental Engineering Science:  Applied Environmental Analysis
CKES 220   Environmental Engineering Science:  Environmental Law and Practice


Urban Environment Electives

CKAR 500   Architecture:  Sustainable Buildings
CKAR 601   Architectural Preservation and Conservation:  Building Science for Architectural Preservation and Conservation
CKAR 610   Architectural Preservation and Conservation:  Architectural Preservation and Conservation Techniques
CKEI 110   Energy Management:  Energy Conservation: Emerging Trends
CKEI 130   Energy Management:  An Introduction to Smart Grid
CKLA 400   Landscape Design:  Ecology and Sustainable Landscapes
CKLA 430   Landscape Design:  Making and Meaning of Landscapes
CKLA 450   Landscape Design:  Landscape Restoration
CVFN 410   Food Security:  Understanding Urban Agriculture
CVFN 411   Food Security:  Dimensions of Urban Agriculture
CVFN 412   Food Security:  Urban Agriculture Types
CVFN 413   Food Security:  Urban Agriculture Policy-Making


Socioeconomics of Sustainability Electives

CECN 502   Economics:  Economics of Natural Resources
CECN 510   Economics:  Environmental Economics
CFNY 404   Food Security:  Food Policy and Programs for Food Security
CFNY 407   Food Security:  Community Development and Food Security
CHTT 510   Hospitality and Tourism:  Sustainable Tourism Development
CKEI 100   Energy Management:  Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship
CKEI 120   Energy Management:  Energy and the Public Policy Debate in Canada
CKPM 202   Project Management:  Fundamentals of Project Management
CKSS 201   Sustainability:  Sustainability Topics and Trends


Note to registered certificate program students
Natural Environment Electives
CKEI 190, CVFN 411, CVFN 412, and CVFN 413 added.
Urban Environment Electives
CKEI 110 and CKEI 130 added.
Socioeconomics of Sustainability Electives
CHTT 510, CKEI 100, CKEI 120, CKPM 202, and CKSS 201 added.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CKSS 100   Sustainability:  Fundamentals in Sustainability I
CKSS 101   Sustainability:  Fundamentals in Sustainability II
CFNY 404   Food Security:  Food Policy and Programs for Food Security
CFNY 407   Food Security:  Community Development and Food Security
CKPM 202   Project Management:  Fundamentals of Project Management
CKLA 400   Landscape Design:  Ecology and Sustainable Landscapes
CVFN 410   Food Security:  Understanding Urban Agriculture
CVFN 411   Food Security:  Dimensions of Urban Agriculture
CVFN 412   Food Security:  Urban Agriculture Types
CVFN 413   Food Security:  Urban Agriculture Policy-Making


Representation of Certificate in Sustainability Management courses and streams as discribed on this page.