Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2018
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University of South Florida
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Jason Richardson
Research Associate
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:
Yes

Total number of continuing education courses offered:
467

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:
51

Percentage of continuing education courses that address sustainability:
10.92

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

1. Biofuel Production Operations-
Objectives
• Building Analyst Quick Start
• Establish and maintain a green procurement strategy Identify corporate social responsibility strategies to meet organizational needs
• Develop and use Green Supply Practices (GSP)
• Select and use a variety of environmental accounting methods effectively
• Improve operational sustainability by applying green strategies to the logistics and supply chain
• Align supply chain operations and business strategies to meet sustainability objectives

2. Certified Green Supply Chain Professional- Overview
The Certified Green Supply Chain Professional Online Training Program will give you the specialized knowledge to enable a company to achieve its environmental sustainability goals through global sourcing, materials management, procurement and buying, transportation and logistics, and new product development.

Objectives Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to:
• Establish and maintain a green procurement strategy
• Identify corporate social responsibility strategies to meet organizational needs
• Develop and use Green Supply Practices (GSP)
• Select and use a variety of environmental accounting methods effectively
• Improve operational sustainability by applying green strategies to the logistics and supply chain
• Align supply chain operations and business strategies to meet sustainability objectives

3. Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager- Overview
Are you a facility manager, building engineer, or health and safety officer who wants to improve the indoor air quality of your building? Are you properly prepared to handle air quality complaints? Common mistakes can turn a small grievance into a wildfire of speculation and accusation. In this Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager Online Training and Certification Program, you'll learn how to diagnose, resolve, and prevent indoor air quality (IAQ) complaints. You’ll also establish a comprehensive IAQ plan specific to your buildings.

Objectives Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to:
• Develop a comprehensive IAQ management plan
• Establish a system to manage IAQ complaints
• Create an IAQ Profile for your buildings
• Identify conditions that lead to IAQ problems
• Solve simple IAQ problems in-house
• Prevent IAQ problems

4. Certified Indoor Environmentalist Prep- Overview
Would you like to become a Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE)? This designation demonstrates that you understand how to create healthy homes and buildings by preventing, diagnosing, and resolving indoor environmental problems. This online program prepares you to pass the CIE examination through a series of video lectures on exam topics such as contaminants, health effects, building science, HVAC, equipment, assessments, mold remediation, and industry standards and guidelines. The course also covers practice questions in detail and provides a practice examination to ensure you succeed at becoming a Certified Indoor Environmentalist.

Objectives
• Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to do the following:
• Pass the ACAC’s Certified Indoor Environmentalist examination
• Understand the concepts contained in the CIE Required Body of Knowledge
• Demonstrate the ACAC Required skills related to the following:
• IAQ Contaminants and Health Effects
• The Built Environment
• HVAC
• Equipment and assessments
• Guidelines, Regulations, and Standards

5. Remediation Natural Gas Plant Operations- Overview
The Natural Gas Plant Operations Online Training Program provides you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to begin an exciting career in natural gas plant operations. Natural gas has two things going for it. First, it provides clean energy. Second, it’s plentiful in the United States. For decades to come, natural gas will be produced and consumed in the United States, creating ongoing demand for natural gas plant operators.
For people who want to enter this field, it’s difficult to find suitable training to become an entry-level worker.

Objectives
Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll be able to:
• Describe basic math, physics, and chemistry knowledge necessary for a gas plant operator
• Understand safety as it relates to gas plant production
• Describe basic elements of electricity
• Read technical process drawings
• Describe basic operational elements of lubrication and centrifugal pumps
• Understand how natural gas is found in nature and how gas wells are developed
• Describe how natural gas compression and refrigeration systems work
• Determine various methods used to purify natural gas

6. Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments- Overview
The Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments (PCBA) Online Training Program will give you a thorough understanding of the building assessment process. This intermediate program focuses on the skills you need to professionally conduct visual building inspections, perform diagnostic testing, determine residential building improvement opportunities, document a home's performance, prioritize improvements, and prepare a work scope that will guide the homeowner's decision-making process for making the improvements.
Objectives
Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to:
• Use your senses and technology to assess, gather, and organize data for building analysis
• Employ a standardized approach to assessments and diagnostic evaluations of a building
• Describe the operation and installation of a blower door and interpret the blower door test results
• Demonstrate understanding of combustion testing, instruments used, and analysis made from the data
• Determine duct system status using a duct blaster
• Develop and present a work scope with prioritized recommendations for customers Principles of Green Buildings-

7. Senior Certified Sustainability Professional- Overview
The Senior Certified Sustainability Professional Online Training Program will prepare you for an exciting career as a leader in the green-collar economy. As a certified sustainability professional, you’ll be responsible for setting the course and coordinating an enterprise's sustainability strategy. Millions of new jobs in this rapidly growing sector will be available to people who set themselves apart from the crowd by earning the professional credentials and skills they need to lead sustainable business practices.

Objectives
Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to:
• Establish and maintain a green procurement strategy
• Apply the principles of environmentally preferred purchasing, design for environment, eco-control systems, and sustainable business practices
• Indentify corporate social responsibility strategies to meet organizational needs
• Develop and use Environmental Management System (EMS) practices
• Select and effectively use a variety of environmental accounting methods
• Improve product positioning using the green marketing-mix principles
• Organize and sequence carbon strategies using the World Resource Institute protocol
• Improve operational sustainability through greening the logistics and supply chain
• Plan continued organizational sustainability strategies as an internal or external consultant

8. Solar Power Professional- Overview
In this online program, you'll learn the fundamentals of photovoltaic "PV" solar powered energy systems, gaining the knowledge you'll need for an entry level position with a dealer, installer, or other photovoltaic industry company.
Objectives, Upon completion of this program you'll be able to:
• Describe the history of PV technology and industry
• Describe markets and applications for PV
• Describe types of PV systems and their features and benefits.
• Demonstrate an understanding of electrical and solar terminology
• Identify safety hazards, practices, and protective equipment used during PV system installation and maintenance
• Define basic electrical terms
• Describe the use of a digital multi-meter
• Calculate simple circuit values
• Define basic solar terms
• Describe basic solar movement and effect of earth tilt
• Predict solar position using solar path diagrams
• Describe angular effects on the irradiance of solar array
• Identify factors that reduce or enhance solar irradiation
• Explain how solar cells convert sunlight into electric power
• Label key points on an IV curve
• Illustrate effect of series and parallel connections on IV curve
• Define measurement conditions for solar cells and modules

9. Wind Energy Professional- Overview
Wind energy companies are growing exponentially to meet America's demand for clean, renewable, domestic energy. This entry-level Wind Energy Professional Online Training Program prepares you for a career in the wind energy industry.

Objectives, Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll be able to:
• Describe the evolution of wind turbine technology
• Discuss air flow characteristics and blade efficiencies
• Assess human resources and business planning policies, procedures, and processes
• Explain contract management, fulfillment, and liability to the landowner and manufacturer
• Discuss wind business policies and procedures
• Explain atomic structure and basic values such as voltage, current, resistance, and power
• Summarize the principles of magnetism
• Utilize electrical measuring instruments
• Display competence in principles and operation of basic hydraulic systems
• Interpret schematics and troubleshoot both open- and closed-center hydraulic systems


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

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

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

USF offers a very popular certificate in “Water, Health, and Sustainability,” and the College of Global Sustainability is developing more focused certificates in sustainable business practices, renewable energy, sustainable tourism, the designed and built environments, and other sustainability topics. USF also offers a range of sustainability related certificates including Environmental Policy and Management, Environmental Health, Environmental Education, Community Development, and Human Rights.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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