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Jul 09, 2024 - Jul 08, 2025
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Why is Sustainability so important for industries and the world at large? 

Realizing our current state of sustainability is essential. From here we must highlight how to evolve, enhance, and implement our systems for the future. Today, more than ever, we rely on leaders who are experts in the subjects of sustainability, and who can execute sustainable change from the ground up. MIT Professional Education’s Professional Certificate in Sustainability is aimed at professionals who want to better execute sustainable practices in their chosen sectors or areas of influence. The full scope of ‘Sustainability’ covers a range of topics from our global environment to industries and infrastructure, to complex geopolitical dynamics. All are inextricably interconnected. Understanding the limitations of our outdated systems at every level, in every field, is a critical first step in understanding how we can begin to envision and therefore enact a better way forward. 

The programs in this Professional Certificate have been carefully selected by experts in the field of sustainability to emphasize the family of knowledge and related practices most conducive to producing comprehensive sustainable change.


Sustainability is rapidly expanding as a priority for businesses and organizations as awareness of its necessities for the future of civilization and the planet increases among consumers. As this is increasing as a priority across the public, so is the need for organization leaders who can translate this ambition into concrete plans that align with other business objectives.

Will you lead the charge forward toward a more optimized and sustainable future? Our Professional Certificate Program will provide you with the critical foundational education and tools necessary to produce real, lasting changes in the modern world and the future for generations to come while maximizing profits

This Professional Certificate in Sustainability will emphasize metrics for measuring sustainability, theory for comprehensive understanding, strategy and planning for implementation, and practical exercises and applications.

Professional Certificate Program in Sustainability, with curriculum developed and taught by MIT faculty, is delivered in collaboration with Global Alumni. Contact Global Alumni for more information about this program:

Global Alumni is an ed-tech company that collaborates with institutions to manage enrollments (including all payment services and invoicing), technology, and participant support. 


As a participant, you will discover the relevant data-driven tools necessary to convert the knowledge acquired from this program into real-world, actionable strategies to employ in your own organizations. Throughout this professional certificate, you will:

  • Identifying the root causes of environmental decline that have caused economic and social damage, leading to an increased and urgent need for sustainable practices
  • Effectively assimilating information from a wide range of fields related to sustainability
  • Exploring metrics and evaluation methods for determining the sustainability of the different components of systems
  • Describing key technologies that enable the circular economy including materials recycling, water purification, and gas treatment
  • Analyzing and critique the outputs of circular economy models and simulations to gain confidence in existing outputs
  • Calculating different measurements of sustainability
  • Mapping out interactions between components, identifying feedback and potential unintended consequences, as well as system lock-in
  • Estimating the rates of change needed in determinants of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Formulating policies directed at promoting real-world, effective sustainable practices

In this course, participants will examine the numbers and science behind climate change mitigation targets and will analyze solutions from engineering, policy, and business. The prospective participants poised to benefit most from the expertise and skills shared through this course include: 

  • Engineers and technical professionals looking to take a data-informed approach to devising climate change mitigation solutions that are informed by an understanding of the role and evolution of various energy technologies. 
  • C-suite executives and mid-to-senior-level managers seeking to develop an understanding of the concepts and key definitions of systems theory and its relation to infrastructure development and engineering. 
  • Policymakers and development agencies interested in gaining insights into sustainable infrastructure improvements and development to support economic growth while working toward targets such as the UN SDGs. 
  • R&D, finance, and investment managers seeking insights into how to best optimize their energy-related portfolios through better anticipation of technological breakthroughs in the field. 
  • Climate Consortium members who aim to vastly accelerate the implementation of large-scale, real-world solutions to meet climate change challenges, while inspiring transformative climate progress across industries and across the globe. 
  • Consultants seeking to provide their clients with innovative and sustainable infrastructure solutions for business problems while demonstrating credibility and capability through a respected course. 
  • Industries and sectors that are very material-intensive wanting to mitigate the impact that they have on the environment and seek out more sustainable and effective methods in the construction process of their materials. 

*Professionals in the fields of marketing, sales, business development, market analysis, consulting, policy, and entrepreneurship will also benefit from the resources offered in this program. 


Businesses need to be ready for the changing legislative evolution toward a more sustainable planet. Thus, this program will equip you with the skills to understand adaptability in the environmental sphere. This program includes various certificates from the following courses:

  • Sustainability: Strategies and Opportunities for Industry
  • Life Cycle Assessment: Quantifying Environmental Impacts
  • Circular Economy: Transition for future sustainability
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Systems: Planning and Operations
  • Clean Energy Solutions: Technological Change to Meet Emissions Reduction Targets
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