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Senior Certified Sustainability Professional

Are you prepared for an exciting career as a leader in the green-collar economy? By completing this premier online course, you'll establish yourself as a sustainable business professional. You'll be ready to take responsibility for coordinating an enterprise's sustainability strategy across multiple functional areas, including sales, marketing, communications, new product development, global supply chain, operations, and corporate social responsibility.

You'll start by learning the basics of green purchasing. Next, you'll cover corporate social responsibility and carbon strategies. You'll also explore environmental accounting, green transportation, and sustainability consulting.

By the end of the course, you will be prepared to take the Senior Certified Sustainability Professional Certification (SCSP) offered by While this is not a state or national certification, once you pass, you will have earned the course credentials and are entitled to use the SCSP designation after your name.

12 Months / 110 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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George Mason University

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES713

What You Will Learn
  • Establish and maintain a green procurement strategy
  • Apply the principles of environmentally preferred purchasing, design for environment, eco-control systems, and sustainable business practices
  • Identify 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
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 110 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare yourself for a rewarding career in the green-collar economy
  • Make a difference at your job and for the planet
  • Develop the professional skills required to thrive in the sustainability industry


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Green Purchasing Fundamentals and Sustainability

Discover the basics of green procurement. Learn about design principles for the environment and green product standards. You'll also learn about sustainable development, and how corporate responsibility and organizational roles come into play.

Carbon Strategies

Receive an introduction to the World Resources Institute protocol. Develop a climate strategy, support green house gas reductions, learn how to track and report emissions, and understand the tools and best practices required to work in the industry.

Environmental Management Systems

EMS (ISO 14001) and Environmental Accounting 101: Explore emerging requirement, environmental accounting framework, strategic environmental management, and various eco-control systems.

Green Marketing and Green Transportation

Learn how to communicate green principles with impact through various marketing channels. Understand the best ways to create opportunities for green transportation and logistics.

Sustainability Leader and Advanced Green Purchasing

Define the necessary performance requirements and prioritize transition initiatives. Develop key internal relationships and understand how to promote the philosophies of sustainable design.

Sustainability Consultant

Complete the course by learning about green consulting, how to conduct sustainable needs, solve client problems, increase client effectiveness, and improve performance strategies.

  1. Green Purchasing Fundamentals
    1. Introduction to Green Procurement
    2. Design for Environment (DfE) Principles
    3. International Green Labeling
    4. Green Product Standards
    5. Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP)
    6. Supplier Relationship Management
    7. Green Purchasing Program Development
  2. Sustainability 101: Corporate Social Responsibility
    1. Sustainable Development
    2. The Business Case for Sustainability
    3. Organizational Roles and Functional Influences
    4. Corporate Social Responsibility
    5. Sustainability in Major Business Sectors
    6. The U.S. Green Building Council and LEED
    7. Introduction to Environmental Science
  3. Carbon Strategies
    1. Introduction to the World Resources Institute (WRI) Protocol
    2. Developing a Climate Strategy
    3. Supporting Green House Gas Reductions
    4. Tracking Emissions and Reporting
    5. Tools and Best Practices Every Organization Should Know About
    6. The Green Supply Chain's Carbon Footprint
    7. Developing a Carbon Policy
  4. Environmental Management Systems: EMS (ISO 14001)
    1. Introduction to the ISO 14000 Series
    2. The ISO 14001 Standard
    3. Strategic Environmental Management
    4. Corporate Environmental Management: Eco-Control Systems
    5. Environmental Management in Developing Countries
  5. Environmental Accounting 101
    1. Emerging Requirements
    2. Environmental Accounting Framework
    3. Environmental Management Accounting
    4. Environmental Financial Accounting
    5. Ecological Accounting
    6. Eco-Efficiency Information Management
  6. Green Marketing and Sales Force Essentials
    1. Corporate Environmentalism
    2. Greening the Marketing Mix
    3. Green by Design
    4. Communicating Green With Impact
    5. Eco-Innovation: Rethinking Future Products
    6. Case Studies
  7. Green Transportation: 12 Best Practices
    1. Green Transportation and Logistics
    2. Building Energy Efficiency in 3PL Operations
    3. Greater Sustainability in Distribution Operations
    4. The EPA SmartWay Program
    5. Green Fleet Management
    6. Best Practice Case Studies
  8. Sustainability Leader: First 180 Days to Success
    1. Defining the Performance Requirements
    2. Prioritizing Transition Initiatives
    3. Developing Key Internal Relationships
    4. Managing the Green Organizational Change
    5. Mapping Staff Capabilities
  9. Advanced Green Purchasing
    1. Philosophy of Sustainable Design
    2. The Elements of Green Design Methodology
    3. The Technologies and Components of Sustainable Design
    4. Design for Environment Engineering
    5. Alternate Material Strategies
  10. The Sustainability Consultant
    1. Green Consulting 101
    2. Conducting the Sustainable Needs Assessment
    3. Solving Client Problems: Guide to Troubleshooting
    4. Increasing Client Effectiveness
    5. Performance Improvement Strategies
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Instructors & Support

Angie Coats

Angie Coats is a director of contracting, responsible for state and federal government business and support for all Department of Defense and GSA services. She has more than 25 years of experience as a senior contracting officer in the federal government and is a current board member of the National Contracting Management Association (NCMA). She has managed Federal Acquisition Requirements (FAR) standards for billion-dollar government programs.

Howard Forman

Howard Forman is an associate professor of marketing at Cal State Fullerton. He is also a member of an instruction design team responsible for green supply-chain curriculum and program development. Previously, Forman taught at Drexel University and Penn State and served as an adjunct professor at the ESCP Europe in Paris, France.

Sandy Horton

Sandy Horton is a member of the instruction design and delivery team. She has been the sustainability leader and director of sustainability in a billion-dollar corporation, responsible for linking the organization strategy with the corporate social responsibility strategy. She developed the product line requirements and environmental operational processes, and aligned the brand strategy with the overall sustainability goals.

Alan Hughes

Alan Hughes serves as an adjunct advisor and consultant, assisting with the development of new curriculum and custom-product development. As an employee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he brings more than 17 years of experience developing training programs He leads the training needs assessment project for a Department of the Navy executive program.

Mike Park

Mike Park has been responsible for multiple enterprise and commercial IT groups in software corporations in the financial, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. He has a rich background, spanning from Internet and e-commerce platforms to SAP. He has led application development teams for Internet, Intranet, Extranet, ERP, CRM, EDI, and logistics solutions. As the chief technology officer and partner of a middle-market healthcare company, he led the initiative for the launch of new web-based software called OfficeMD for practice management, Office EMR for electronic medical records, and BillingMD for medical billing application in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Mike has led the effort for an industry-changing prototype carbon tracking and reporting software.

Chris Perry

Chris Perry has more than 25 years of global operations experience, with a background in government and business. He served as the deputy commander for military aircraft systems manufacturing with Boeing and had country-level responsibility as a warranted government contracting officer. He fulfilled senior-level roles in the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). He leads a government services group and is responsible for EPA Environmentally Preferred Purchasing systems integration strategy. He holds a M.S. in industrial engineering and a M.A. in National Security and Decision Making from the Naval War College.

Margaret Price

Margaret Price is currently the chairwoman and chief sustainability officer for a globally operating sustainability company. She's responsible for the entire worldwide operations and has more than 20 years of global operations leadership experience. She is a creative, hands-on professional operations executive with extensive experience leading the sustainability efforts for a global manufacturing company, as well as leading the groups responsible for contract manufacturing, operations, distribution, supply chain, inventory control, engineering, and quality assurance and regulatory compliance. She has very unique experience working within the sustainability space of the hospitality sector as she has worked with some of the largest hotel chains in the world. She served as a sustainability board member of NEWH. Her areas of responsibility include Asia, the Middle East, India, Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Robert Price

Robert Price is the CEO of a global sustainability company. He is an innovative leader and visionary with over 25 years of global operations and strategic management experience. He has an incredibly diverse leadership portfolio with a track record of achieving world-class results in every assignment. He has led and designed the sustainability strategy for a $1.1B global organization, served as the general manager of a logistics company, led the global supply chain operations for a $600M manufacturing organization with the goal of greening their supply chain, served as a vice president and expatriate in Asia in the pharmaceutical industry, and led a shared services group as a vice president in a service company. In 2007, his supply-chain accomplishments were featured in Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine in the cover story, "The Human Quotient," highlighting the incredible results an organization can achieve through investing in skills development of its workforce. He was featured in Purchasing magazine twice in 2007 for supply-chain and purchasing professional training program excellence. In 2003, he led the first organization to receive the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) Best Award, selected from among 74 global companies in six countries. He has been recognized by Training magazine, appearing in the Training Top 100 twice, including receiving the coveted Editor's Choice award. His doctoral dissertation is entitled Green Supply Chains: Clean Business in the 21st Century. Robert is a graduate of MIT Sloan Executive Program and holds a senior executive certificate in technology, operations, and value chain management.

Rob Young

Rob Young is a member of the instruction design and delivery team, experienced in the operations and global supply-chain sectors. Rob has led procurement organizations for global companies as the director of global sourcing, responsible for greening the supply chain. He has incredible experience working with the extended supply chain and enabling suppliers to join an organization's sustainability journey.

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There are no prerequisites for this course, but before enrolling, you should have basic keyboarding and computer skills and be comfortable navigating the Internet and using email. You should also have an understanding of a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word is recommended).


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • QuickTime.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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