Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.77
Liaison Ezra Small
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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University of Massachusetts Amherst
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.78 / 5.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
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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:

The attached list is all 464 courses with sustainability courses highlighted in green.

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:

Sustainable Food and Farming Certificate Program
In this 16-credit, 5 course certificate program you will learn about sustainable farming methods and the education and policy changes needed to effect a global move to sustainable farming methods. The certificate will help prepare students in three areas of study:

Sustainable Farming Systems - this includes sustainable and organic plant and animal production systems for managing regionally focused (local) farms, organic farms, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, and personal homesteads.
Education - this includes youth education, citizen education, non-profit educational organizations, media work, and formal teaching relating to ecological food and farming.
Public Policy and Advocacy - this includes working directly with people and groups in coalitions such as community gardens, anti-hunger campaigns, and environmental protection groups, as well as non-profit advocacy organizations, government agencies, and personal citizen involvement in political and community change efforts.

Credits earned may be applied to the University Without Walls Sustainability Studies degree completion program, the UMass Amherst Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainable Food and Farming.

Certificate program classes are open to all students with a GED or high school diploma.


UMass CPE also has a Sustainable Business Practice Undergraduate Certificate Online Program in the Isenberg School of Management.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Course count of 72 come from the following course listings located here:
Sustainability Studies:
http://www.umass.edu/uww/sites/default/files/PDFs/UMassAmherst-online-course-sample-Sustainability.pdf (48)

Sustainable Food and Farming:
http://www.umassulearn.net/programs/green-programs/sustainable-food-farming (11)

Design and Historic Preservation:
http://www.umassulearn.net/programs/green-programs/master-science-design-historic-preservation (7)

Sustainable Design/Build:
http://www.umassulearn.net/programs/green-programs/yestermorrow-design-build-school (4)

Plant and Soil Science Certificate Program:
http://www.umassulearn.net/programs/certificate/soil-science (2)

Please note, we also have certificates in:

Conservation/National Park Service Law Enforcement:

Turf Management (International Winter School for Turf Managers):

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