Sustainability Certificate

Join us for a semester at Lake Tahoe, beginning Fall 2024

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Drone footage of Lake Tahoe

Through an interdisciplinary curriculum and thoughtful place-bound experiences, the Sustainability Certificate provides students with an integrated, contemporary mastery of sustainability that is needed now more than ever across professions and fields of interest.

Live and learn at Lake Tahoe for a semester and join the sustainability movement as an authority in the field. Open to University of Nevada, Reno undergraduate students.

Who should apply?

Undergraduate students interested in spending a semester at Lake Tahoe are invited to apply. Certificate courses meet several core and elective requirements for University of Nevada, Reno students – you can continue progress toward your degree while earning a highly marketable certificate.

Students interested in enrolling in the Sustainability Certificate program for Fall 2024 are encouraged to fill out an interest form.

Program structure

Students will take three required courses in interdisciplinary sustainability theory.

A required colloquium course invites leaders in the sustainability movement to speak to students throughout the semester. Part of the three-credit colloquium course includes experiential and project-based learning related to the seminars.

Electives in sustainable topics and/or other available units toward their degree will fill the remainder of the student's schedule.

Live at Lake Tahoe

Each semester's cohort of students will *live in the dorms on the Wayne L. Prim Campus, less than a mile from the shores of Lake Tahoe. Build lifelong connections with your classmates – all committed to building a sustainable future – while exploring one of the most stunning natural settings in the world.

Events and activities throughout the semester encourage a deep sense of community while inspiring environmental stewardship of the Lake Tahoe Basin and all our planet's most precious natural resources.

*Students who enroll Fall 2024 can receive a full discount on housing. Fill out an interest form to learn more.

Sustainability is rooted in meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of the future, and in a more contemporary context, goes beyond efforts to reduce human-induced impacts by actively promoting restoration, revitalization and regeneration across ecological, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

Brennan Lagasse

Assistant Professor and professional backcountry ski guide

Portrait of Brennan Lagasse

An experience of a lifetime

Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountain range provide unending opportunities to explore the natural environment, inspiring your studies in sustainability and environmental stewardship. Experience it all, from world-class skiing and snowboarding to miles of hiking and biking trails, destination-worthy rock climbing, scenic camping, awe-inspiring beaches and a thriving local community full of dining, shopping and activities.

Explore campus life

The exciting part about studying at Lake Tahoe is that we have a living laboratory. To live and experience a place while understanding the basics of science through the classroom can be a remarkable experience.

Sudeep Chandra

Professor and Director of the Global Water Center, Director of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies and member of the Tahoe Science Advisory Council

Sudeep Chandra at lake Tahoe


Fall 2024 focus: Climate Change and Societal Impacts

Coursework is modeled after the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Enrollment process

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested students should begin the process early as space in the program each semester is limited.

1. Plan

Fill out the Sustainability Certificate interest form. This will get you connected with our Lake Tahoe advisor who can look at your schedule, answer your questions, and help you fit the semester-long experience into your program of study.

2. Enroll

Once you decide to spend a semester at Lake Tahoe, our Lake Tahoe advisor will enroll you in the 12-credit certificate program (with courses that meet several core requirements!) and help you pick one or two electives to fill out your schedule. The credits are offered at the same price as your classes in Reno!

3. Live!

Once you are officially enrolled in the program, you will be prompted to secure your Lake Tahoe dorm room. You can select a roommate or be placed with another participating student. Housing assignments will be generated in early July and you will move in the Friday before classes start in Fall 2024!

Get to know campus – spend a weekend with us!

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join us on campus for several organized overnight excursions and weekend getaways.

Request more information

Fill out our interest form and one of our advisors will reach out to you to discuss the program and your participation in more detail.

Submit an interest form