Certificate In Sustainability


The Triple Bottom Line-People, Planet, Profit

This 18 credit certificate with a strong emphasis on professional development in the public and private sectors will prepare the student to work in organizations where the realization that success is dependent on a real and on-going commitment to sustainability, environmental maintenance and restoration has become a urgent priority.

The Certificate in Sustainability is administered through the Public Administration Institute at Petrocelli College.



  Introduction to Sustainability

This class focuses on understanding the concept of sustainability, including its history, controversy, language, and application for individual professionals and organizations.

Introduction to Environmental Science

This course provides an introduction to global ecosystems, the negative effects of humans on ecosystems, and living sustainably as a human population. The course explores interactions between organisms and their environment, energy flow, nutrient cycles, global resource use and development, pollution, environmental health, and principles of sustainability.

 Environmental Ethics, Policy, and Law

 This class focuses on the interrelationship of the environment (in its natural state) and humanity (as an  embodiment of intelligent actors) acting upon the environment with consumptive and preservation forces leading  to the establishment of rules, laws and policies to balance their coexistence.

 Environmental and Ecological Economics

 The course develops the differences between standard neoclassical economics, environmental economics, and  ecological economics; the nature and impact of economic growth, population growth, technological change, and  consumption on the environment and on human wellbeing.  

Public Administration and Sustainability

The course offers an introduction to environmental
policies, including pollution control, at the public and private areas. Beginning with the background and history of such policies, particularly at local levels, the course continues to focus on contemporary practices, developments, and perspectives. Case studies will be applied. The course also covers how to incorporate greener living within both the private and public sectors.


Each student will develop a portfolio of projects developed during his studies and apply what has been learned to a real world problem in their professional lives. These portfolios will be presented to a seminar of all the students in the program for discussion and feedback




For more information, please contact

Laurence E. Winters, Ph.D.
Director, Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

William Roberts, Ph.D.
Director, Public Administration Institute


To Apply, please contact

FDU Graduate Admissions at
201- 692-2554 


William Roberts, Ph.D.