Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.56
Liaison Alan Turnquist
Submission Date July 8, 2020
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Michigan Technological University
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.19 / 5.00 Jay Meldrum
Executive Director of Sustainability
Facilities Management
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:

Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:

Percentage of continuing education courses that address sustainability:

A copy of the list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:
A list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

ENG 5510 Sustainable Futures 1
ENG 5520 Sustainable Futures 2
SS 3800 Energy Policy and Technology
SS 3801 Science, Technology and Society
CEE 5640 Stormwater Management and Low Impact Development
SS 2300 Environment and Society
SS 2700 Introduction to Sociology
SS 2400 Introduction to Human Geography
MEEM 5655 Lean Manufacturing
MSE 4777 Open Source 3D Printing

While MTU does not have a formal school/college that houses a continuing education department, anyone 60 years or older may have tuition and fees waived for up to two on campus courses a semester. MTU also has degrees and certificates that can be completed online, making it possible for working professionals to get a degree or obtain CEUs. There are graduate and undergraduate non-degree options to fit the needs of any professional or student.


Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program(s), including the year the program was created:

Sustainability Certificate- Michigan Technological University developed the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability in 2003 as an outcome of an NSF-funded research project in collaboration with Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.
The Graduate Certificate allows for selection of classes that focus on integrating the engineering and technology of industrial ecology; the science of environmental assessment and modeling; and the economic, human behavior, and policy-making aspects of the social sciences to develop professionals knowledgeable in sustainability. We offer a wide range of potential courses that work with many different academic disciplines and have had students from several departments in engineering, science, and humanities complete the certificate program.

Sustainable Water Resources System Certificate- Completion of this provides abilities to demonstrate that they understand water resource management from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes policy, natural sciences, and applied sciences. Increasingly, water managers have to work effectively on problem solving that crosses disciplines. For instance, a community water resource management issue may involve the failure of multiple homeowner onsite wastewater systems causing lake eutrophication with negative impacts on fisheries. Solving this problem effectively necessitates an understanding of how to work effectively with the homeowners, communicate fisheries impacts, work within existing state law governing onsite wastewater management, and the technical dimensions of the wastewater systems in use. While no one individual is likely to have deep knowledge in every area, our certificate will provide literacy in multiple areas allowing them to absorb information outside of their core discipline.

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Michigan Technological University currently does not offer specific Continuing Education courses for credit, however regular on campus courses can be taken by community members and there are many online options to serve the community and non-traditional student. See links in above description for more information. Also many faculty engage in community programs:

-Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (2008-present) - a partnership of schools & communities to work together (many school-community teams include partners at MTU).
-Family science & engineering nights (1998-present) - includes some sustainability activities, such as cleaning dirty wastewater, making recycled paper,
-Green Film Series - just completed its 7th year (2011-present)
-School-year Teacher workshops (1995-present) - recycling (2), adopt a beach, Earth Force designing environmental stewardship projects, Water, Wildlife, forestry, etc.
-Summer teacher institutes (2002-present) - Design a Sustainable Future Teacher Institute, Global Change Teacher Institute
-Agassiz research vessel Ride the Waves (2013-2017) - teaches students how scientists assess the health of the Great Lakes and impacts of Torch Lake Superfund site.
-Lake Superior Youth Symposium (1999-present)
-Classroom recycling presentations (2015-2017) - 50 classroom presentations in the past 2 years; 2 garbology audits this school year, 2 community events
-Water Festival (2013-2016)
-Increasing Diversity at MTU and increasing Diversity of students pursuing a natural resource career path (2009-present)
-Curriculum development (2004-2012) - Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support, Design Guidelines to Enhance Community Appearance and Protect Natural Resources
-Outdoor Science Investigations Field Trips (2000-present) - to increase environmental stewardship and STEM careers.

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