Sustainability Certificate

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

Sustainability-driven leaders across all professions are needed now more than ever. Earn your Sustainability Certificate in one semester at Lake Tahoe and join the movement as an authority in the field. Lake Tahoe has a record of science-driven conservation policies and programs to address human impacts on the environment and the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe serves as the intellectual, cultural beacon of the lake making it the perfect place to study this critical topic.

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 sustainability theory and practice as well as two electives in sustainable topics in entrepreneurial studies, fine art, marketing or journalism.

A required colloquium course invites leaders in the sustainability movement to speak to students throughout the program. Build connections and network with professionals making a difference.

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.

The reason I got excited about limnology as an undergraduate is I was able to go to a place and learn about nature while in nature. 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

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.

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Fall 2024 focus: Climate Change and Societal Impacts

Coursework is modeled after the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

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