Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Sustainable Technology Certificate


In the United States, sustainability has gained importance in business, industry, government, government agencies, higher education, and in the general public’s consciousness.  The goal of meeting today’s needs without harming future generations’ ability to realize their potential is a hallmark of sustainable practices, and there is widespread interest from many disciplines and sectors in developing, enhancing, and integrating sustainability into aspects of products, services, and solutions.  Thus, the need to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to make contributions to sustainability initiatives has never been greater. Green jobs are rapidly being created as the economy begins embracing sustainable, energy efficiency, and low-carbon practices. The driving forces behind the development of green jobs are businesses wishing to maintain cutting edge technology, become more energy efficient, while lowering their carbon footprint, or becoming entirely carbon neutral. This certificate is designed to address a growing need for professionals who can contribute to the green global workforce with knowledge in sustainable practices in current technologies. The Sustainable Technologies Certificate will be beneficial to students who want to acquire knowledge in areas of renewable energies, green building, and sustainable design, and who may want to pursue a career in a sustainable technology. All of the Sustainable Technologies Certificate courses are offered online. 


Candidates for this Certificate are required to be formally admitted by the IUPUI Office of Admissions, but are not required to be a student in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.  For more information about the Sustainable Technologies Certificate please contact Professor Pat Fox, at


To earn the Sustainable Technologies Certificate through Engineering Technology, students must successfully complete 18 credit hours of coursework with a grade of "C" or higher in all classes and submit an Application for Graduation prior to enrollment in their final semester in the program. English Composition ENG W-131 is the only prerequisite required for students earning this Certificate.

All students must successfully complete all of the following courses:       

Course Title Credit Hours
OLS 20000 Introduction to Sustainable Principles and Practices  3.0
TECH 30100 Renewable Energies Systems 3.0
TECH 30300 Energy Efficiency and Auditing 3.0
OLS 30200 Leadership and Economic Aspects of Sustainability 3.0
TECH 40200 Emerging Technologies 3.0
TECH 30200 Introduction to Green Building Technologies 3.0

Total Hours:

Department of Technology Leadership and Communication

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