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Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Irvine
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Brenna Biggs
Sustainability Analyst
UCI Office of Sustainability
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Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

See uploaded Division of Continuing Education sustainability course inventory for 2020-2021.

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

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

A brief description of the certificate program(s):

The UCI Division of Continuing Education offers the following sustainability-focused themed certificate programs:

The Environmental Management Certificate Program prepares professionals at every career level to meet the challenges of the expanding regulatory framework and the increasing need for sustainable and green initiatives in the rapidly changing environmental profession.

For more information, please visit https://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/brochures/environmental_flyer.pdf.

This discipline integrates the principles of business administration, architecture, and the behavioral and engineering sciences. This certificate program furthers the understanding of this diverse field with an innovative series of courses focusing on design and management of facilities, from concept to installation, to long-term efficient use. Students learn from industry professionals on topics such as space planning, leadership, construction management and project management.

For more information, please visit https://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/brochures/facilities_flyer.pdf.

The ability to respond effectively to natural, human-caused and technology-related disasters is essential to keeping populations safe, mitigating losses, and ensuring the continuity of essential services and business operations. Aging infrastructures, climate change, population growth, scarce natural resources, terrorist and active shooter scenarios, and sophisticated cyber-crime all contribute to the rapidly expanding need for individuals who are skilled at preventing, responding, mitigating and recovering from a wide variety of threats. The Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery Specialized Studies certificate prepares professionals to enter or advance their career in this rewarding and high job demand field.

For more information, please visit https://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/brochures/emergency.pdf.

The goal of this certificate program is to understand the critical interaction between water and energy along with related topics including biological and physical-chemical treatment processes, carbon and energy footprint analysis, and sustainable energy systems in order to guide future improvements and technical innovations to mitigate future issues with these critical resources.

For more information, please visit https://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/brochures/waterenergy_flyer.pdf.

Crises and disasters take place throughout the world daily, and take many forms, from earthquakes to viral outbreaks to threats of armed conflict. In a globalized world, these often have implications beyond their immediate locales and even their nation. Moreover, effectively responding to them requires not only traditional emergency management (EM) expertise, but also the capability to employ this in an international context with different systems, organizations, and expectations. The Crisis Management and Disaster Response (CMDR) program prepares professionals for such scenarios by aligning with NATO core concepts to offer a unique learning opportunity based on the alliance’s own training program. Those in the CMDR program will benefit from learning about NATO’s norms, standards, and practices in dealing with both events and peer institutions. This is an invaluable experience for those who are interested in developing knowledge and skills, both hard and soft, for careers in today’s global emergency management environment.

For more information, please visit https://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/brochures/crisis_management.pdf.

This program is offered through UCI Continuing Education and is hosted by UCR University Extension Professional Studies. Learn the latest that every current and prospective manager of turfgrass facilities should know about the biology, chemistry, math, pesticides, irrigation, and soil fertility involved in everyday turfgrass management. Take advantage of experts who work in an area that is home to hundreds of golf courses, sports fields, cemeteries, and other turfgrass facilities. Explore the latest trends in agriculture and sustainability so you can make confident, informed decisions that will provide the best landscape, without breaking the budget or using resources inefficiently.

For more information, please visit https://extension.ucr.edu/certificates/turfgrassmanagement#getting-started.

Website URL where information about the institution’s continuing education courses and programs in sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Methodology for creating the EN-12 Continuing Education Inventory:
UCI elected to use data from one academic year, fall 2020 to spring 2021. Each class was counted just once, regardless of the number of times it was offered. All of the sustainability courses listed were offered during this time period. The course listings do not include practicums, internships, field work, or test preparation courses.

The Chief Student Affairs and Student Services Officer at the UCI Division of Continuing Education provided a list detailing courses offered in Continuing Education from 2020-2021. Duplicate courses, practicums, internships, field work, test preparation courses, and courses only offered during Summer Session were eliminated.

From there, course descriptions were compared to a list of 519 sustainability keywords adapted from the Earth Charter and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to determine which courses were sustainability-related. This was also supplemented by a review of the previous 2018 course inventory to identify additional courses that have continued to be offered in 2020-2021. Each course was labelled as sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive and the implied or included sustainability keywords were added. Please note "sustainability-related" is a term used in the inventory to represent all courses defined as either sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive.

In addition to the information provided elsewhere in this credit, the Division of Continuing Education offers the following sustainability-related courses through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Massive Open Online Courses, cross-campus certificate programs, and the summer course catalogue:


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCI caters to lifelong learners who want to continue enhancing their lives through education.

The Fall 2020 OLLI sustainability-related course offerings include the following:

SS311 Overcoming Adversity: Finding Resilience
Experiencing adversity at some point in our lifetime is a certainty, but coping with the event is a challenge. Failing to deal effectively with adversity may result in increased social isolation, decreased physical health, poor emotional wellbeing and even premature death. Can one not just survive, but thrive, following emotionally painful experiences? In the first class, the discussion includes the influence of biology, psychology, and physical health on our thoughts, feelings and behavior. In the second class, we will learn how forgiveness enables us to let go of destructive feelings connected to the past and move on.

The Spring 2021 OLLI sustainability-related course offerings include the following:

SS301 The Challenge of Change: Managing Change in Tumultuous Times
Change is a pervasive fact of human life and society. “The Challenge of Change” class will cover different changes that we experience during our lifetimes. These include personal, economic, political, environmental, and social changes, and different strategies for managing these changes in a positive and constructive manner. We can learn and grow from these experiences.

View more: https://ce.uci.edu/olli/


The UCI Division of Continuing Education offers thousands of MOOC courses to UCI members through Coursera. Courses are typically hosted by other campuses and institutions worldwide. Several courses are sustainability-related. Examples include Sustainable Materials Management (https://www.coursera.org/learn/circular-economy), Introduction to Sustainability (https://www.coursera.org/learn/sustainability), and Sustainable Fashion (https://www.coursera.org/learn/sustainable-fashion).

For more information, please visit https://www.coursera.org/


As mentioned above in Part 2 of EN-12, UCI offers a Certificate in Turfgrass Management through UCR University Extension Professional Studies.

The required eight courses are as follows:
PLS X115 Principles of Plant Growth
PLS X116 Turfgrass Species and Application
MATH X485 Math for Turfgrass and Landscape Managers
PLS X420 Turfgrass Irrigation and Drainage Design
PLS X421 Turfgrass Pests
PLS X421.5 Pesticide Use on Turfgrass and Ornamental Plants
PLS X422 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
CHEM X401 Introduction to Chemistry for Environmental and Agricultural Professionals

For more information, please visit https://extension.ucr.edu/certificates/turfgrassmanagement#getting-started.


In addition to the information provided elsewhere in this credit, the Division of Continuing Education offers the following sustainability-related courses (from Summer 2020). Please note these courses were not included in the course inventory due to being offered in the summer, versus the academic year.

ENGRCEE_X468.5 Assessment and Remediation of Environmental Contamination
Keywords: environment, environmental hazards, risk, contamination, development, restoration, protect and restore, global

CHEM_X470 Introductory Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
Keywords: environment, environmental hazards, hazardous chemicals, hazardous substances, hazardous waste, human health

ENGRCEE_X468.6 Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Keywords: contamination, contaminated soil, environment, risk, policy, law and regulation, environmental hazards, environmental policy, water quality, air pollution, air, air quality, atmosphere, clean air, atmospheric chemistry, pollution

MED_X413.45 Clinical Trials Project Management
Keywords: health, human health, law and regulation, global, development

EDUC_X307.90 After-School and School-Age Curriculum and Program Development: Keys to Success
Keywords: responsive decision-making, community, human communities, strengthen local communities, education, development, adapt, future generations

EECS_X445.22 Medical Device Manufacturing
Keywords: safety, development, manufacturing, lifecycle, human health, health

MISC_815.02 Professional Culinary Foundations
Keywords: food, food waste, safety

PHRMSCI_X495 Application of ICH Guidelines - Regulatory Strategy Development and Dossier Preparation
Keywords: development, health, law and regulation, policy, manufacturing

SOCECOL_X448.2 Fundraising Models & Resource Development
Keywords: multi-stakeholder partnerships, resource, development

MGMT_X464.32 Event Risk Management
Keywords: law and regulation, policy, safe, safety

MGMT_X470 Supply Chain Management Fundamentals
Keywords: resources, resource efficiency, planning

EDUC_X321.54 Studies for Infant-Toddler Caregivers
Keywords: development, education, quality education, future generations

EDUC_X418.2 Educational Media
Keywords: adapt, education, engage, responsive decision-making

EECS_X491.93 System Validation and Verification
Keywords: sustainable, resources, development, law and regulation

I&C SCI_X465.07 Introduction to Computer Forensics
Keywords: emergency preparedness, disaster, law and regulation, policy

LAW_801.5 High School Summer Institute in Law
Keywords: human rights, rights, law and regulation, policy

MGMT_X454.21 Organizational Design and Development
Keywords: adapt, development, design, culture, responsive decision-making

MGMT_X497.38 Virtual or Remote Management and Communication
Keywords: power, global, global community, adapt, responsive decision-making, diversity, culture, cultural diversity

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