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Sustainability Courses

Take free online sustainability courses that focus on renewable energy, environmental protection and sustainable development. Learn about the science of sustainability and other in-demand subjects with courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX.

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What is sustainability?

Sustainability is the ability to provide for current human population growth, development and living needs without destroying or depleting resources, the environment or other requirements for future populations to exist at the same or better standards. A transition to sustainable standards of food and energy production, among other things, is necessary for the Earth to remain suitable for future generations of life.

Online sustainability courses and programs

Get an introduction to sustainability efforts, programs and advances with online classes from major universities and institutions worldwide. edX offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about environmental sustainability in an engaging and effective online learning program complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in sustainability courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course. Get started learning about how you can be a part of the transition to a sustainable world with courses on sustainable design, sustainable energy and more.

The Science and Practices of Sustainable Development from The University of Queensland is part of a MicroMasters program in global development and will introduce you to the science and policies behind sustainable development. Learn the origin, fundamental concepts and challenges of environmental, economic and social sustainability and understand what governments are doing to achieve sustainable development goals.

Wageningen University and TU Delft offer multiple courses on sustainable food production and creating sustainable cities. Understand the core issues that impact global food production and know what types of production negatively impact the environment. Learn the basics of crop development and the sustainable practices that will impact future agricultural practices.

Explore these and other free online sustainability courses. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.