Senior Certified Sustainability Professional

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.


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
  • 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


Are you prepared for an exciting career as a leader in the green-collar economy? After completing this premier certification program, 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.

Upon registering, you are given twelve months to complete this program.

  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | REGISTER

    Course: OCSX800.01

    Tuition: $2,795

  • Outline

    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

  • Registration + Fees

    This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection (high-speed Internet is highly recommended). In addition, you'll need to have Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader, Flash Player, and a QuickTime plug-in on your computer (all are available through free downloads).

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

    This program is for professionals working in or preparing for leadership roles tasked to support the sustainable business practices and goals of their organization.

  • Instructors

    Angie Coats is a director of contracting responsible for state and federal government business and support for all Department of Defense and GSA services. Angie 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. She’s an important member of the EPA EPP instructional program.

    Howard Forman is an adjunct member of the instruction design team, responsible for program development projects to support the green supply-chain curriculum. He’s also an associate professor at California State University. He has taught at Drexel University and Penn State and served as an adjunct professor at ESCP-EAP, Paris, France.

    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 serves as an adjunct advisor and consultant, assisting with the development of new curriculum and custom-product development. Alan brings with him more than 17 years of experience developing training programs as an employee of the U.S. EPA. He is leading the training needs assessment project for a custom Department of the Navy executive program.

    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 brings 25 years of global operations experience to the team with an exceptional background in government business. He served as the deputy commander for military aircraft systems manufacturing with Boeing and has had country-level responsibility in South America and Africa as a warranted government contracting officer. He has fulfilled senior-level roles in the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). Chris has been the president of a government consulting company specializing in rapid prototype engineering at the Marshall Space Center. He leads a government services group and is responsible for EPA Environmentally Preferred Purchasing systems integration strategy. He holds an M.S. in industrial engineering and an M.A. in National Security and Decision Making from the Naval War College.

    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 span Asia, the Middle East, India, Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

    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 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.

  • FAQs

    1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

    Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

    2. How long does it take to complete a program?

    All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you are given twelve months to complete this program.

    3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

    All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

    4. Can I get financial assistance?

    ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

    5. What happens when I complete the program?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

    6. Am I guaranteed a job?

    ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

    7. Who will be my instructor?

    Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

    8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

    In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

    9. Can I use a Mac?

    Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

    10. How can I get more information about the program?

    If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-6806. We will answer your questions promptly.

    11. When can I start the program?

    Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

    Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

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

    The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.