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Submission Date July 31, 2020
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San Diego State University
EN-12: Continuing Education

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Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Michael Rumfola
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Office of Energy and Sustainability
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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:

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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:
Open University Certificate in Environmental Studies
- Biology 315 Ecology and Human Impacts on the Environment
- Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.A.2. Life Sciences. If a biological science course is not taken to satisfy General Education II.A.2. Life Sciences, a college course in biological science is required. Ecological characteristics of natural ecosystems and basic effects of human society upon those systems, emphasizing resource management, food production, global environmental problems, and future directions. Not applicable to biological sciences majors.

Area of Study: Arts & Culture
- AMIND 0499 Special Study: AMIND 499
- This course will focus on indigenous heritage and cultural resources management, particularly around archaeological/ancestral sites and Traditional Cultural Resources (TCRs), Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs), and Traditional Cultural Landscapes (TCLs). The purpose of the course is to provide Native American and Indigenous students, as well as non-Native students with sufficient background, education, and training to successfully work with tribes, necessary and sufficient praxis to protect, preserve, and learn from and better appreciate the power of cultural landscapes and places. This training involves learning to satisfy the regulatory requirements of the cultural heritage and resources management profession in standard as well as create ways and includes Native American and Indigenous voices and worldviews in the research design, data collection, and interpretation of research.

Area of Study: Business
- MKTG 0729.01 Sustainable Marketing
- This Special Topics in Marketing course (“Sustainable Marketing: A Marketing Research Approach”) will focus on sustainability, diversity, and inclusion in sports and marketing, taking a marketing research approach to investigating and solving issues. The course is designed to make students aware and critically thinking of environmental, physical, and social sustainability in sports and business in general. Further, the course is developed to make students better consumers and creators of marketing insights by understanding and executing the marketing research process. This course will cover the main stages of the marketing research process, including: problem definition, research objectives formulation, data collection, data analysis, and reporting/decision making. Tools to facilitate the marketing research process, like Qualtrics and SPSS, will be actively used throughout the course. Ethical, environmental, and social issues related to sports and business will be discussed in depth. The course takes a hands-on approach, with some flipped-classroom activity, and the modality will be both in-person as well as online.

Area of Study: Construction
- ENGR 0038 Building Green Buildings - The Contractor's Perspective
- The purpose of this course is to provide construction professionals with information that will help them to effectively bid, contract, build, and close out green building projects. We will explore the green building process from the contractor's and subcontractor's point of view. You will learn how to work with an outside commissioning authority to complete the job.

Area of Study: Education
- ED 0997.46 Energy and the Environment
- Students will investigate the importance of energy in our lives and the impact that using energy has on the environment. Students will design and model alternative energy sources and then participate in an energy fair to demonstrate ways to solve the energy crisis. Students will evaluate ways to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions through energy efficiency and waste management techniques.

Area of Study: Government & Politics
- CJ 0303 Criminal Justice and Social Control
- Interrelationship of social control, social policy and administration of criminal justice in contemporary American society.

Area of Study: Health Care & Fitness
- P H 0604 Environmental Determinants of Human Health
- Environmental determinants and their influence on human health. Biological, physical, and chemical factors which affect the health of a community.

Area of Study: Hospitality
- HTM 0682 Sustainability in Hospitality, Recreation, & Toursim Organizations
- Development of a comprehensive sustainability management system incorporation marketing and communication, goal setting, developing performance indicators and metrics, benchmarking, and strategies for ongoing, measurable, sustainability performance improvement.

Area of Study: International
- GEN S 0450.08 Women in German History
- Life and culture of a foreign country through an approved semester abroad program sponsored by an academic department or program at SDSU. Requires lecture attendance, excursions and site visits, examinations and written reports.

Area of Study: One-Unit Weekend Courses
- P A 0496.07 Migration and Violence
- Migration is a worldwide phenomenon that has socio-economic causes and consequences. One important consequence of migration is violence. According to existing literature, migrants suffer high levels of violence and victimization of their human rights at all stages of their journey. And they may become victims of different types of violence, for example, human rights violations, sexual violence, or organized crime. This class will explore these issues based on four case-studies: The North Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras), and Mexico.

Area of Study: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
- OF 0003.78 The Politics of Food: 50 Years of U.S. Food Policy on Your Plate
- What we eat every day matters to many: food industry representatives, politicians, farmers, commodities traders, and local retailers, among many others. We’ll explore the myriad levels of influence at play in determining food policy in the United States, and seek to understand those policies in the global context. For example: What does global food security mean? How does what we produce and consume in the U.S. affect farmers in other countries? Additionally, we’ll determine if the current food system is unjust, and if so, what a just food system would look like. Making food purchases will never be the same.

Area of Study: ROTC
- NAV S 0402 Naval Leadership and Ethics
- Naval leadership and management with emphasis on military justice administration, naval personnel management, material management, and administration of discipline.

Area of Study: Science, Computers, and Technology
- NC 0301 Field Botany of San Diego County
- The course is designed for the serious amateur botanist, environmental consultant, or employee of an environmental governmental organization to acquire the basic knowledge and skills of plant taxonomy, native plant identification, and plant community assessment. After taking this course, students should be able to: identify many of the common, native and naturalized plants of San Diego County by scientific names; identify an unknown taxon using a taxonomic key and specimen comparisons; learn the characteristics and be able to recognize about 15 angiosperm families; learn how to properly collect, document, and process a plant from the field; properly use the collections of an herbarium; learn the major plant communities/vegetation regions of our area; and learn basic plant community surveying techniques.

Area of Study: Winter Session
- WMNST 0341B Women in American History
- History of American social, cultural, economic, political, and intellectual institutions, focusing on the role and perspective of women. Semester I: From colonization to 1860; Semester II: From 1860 to the present. Satisfies the graduation requirement in American Institutions.

More courses and descriptions of the continuing education courses that address sustainability are found in the Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet above.

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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:
The Open University Certificate in Environmental Studies is designed for students already holding a bachelor's degree (in any field) who desire to increase their understanding of the theoretical and applied approaches to environmental problems and issues. This is not a certificate program in the hard sciences, but rather is intended to provide diverse ways for students to develop knowledge of the causes and consequences of the human impact on the environment and the impact on humans of philosophical, political, economic, spatial, and natural science perspectives. This professional development program offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental studies for natural resource managers, teachers, community activists, and others who are concerned about the interaction of people and the environment.

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