Educational institutions, communities and businesses have a critical role to play in addressing global sustainability challenges like climate change, and the first step in the journey toward sustainability is to assess the existing organizational “footprint.” Sustainability assessment skills such as carbon footprinting are increasingly in demand professionally, as more corporations and institutions make public commitments to sustainability and carbon reduction goals.
Tracking and managing your carbon footprint (also called a “greenhouse gas [GHG] inventory”) is a technical process, but is not one that you need to be a scientist or math whiz to learn. With an understanding of some basic GHG accounting concepts and an awareness of the tools and resources available, anyone can help their organization or community take this important first step towards improved sustainability.
After completing the Carbon Footprinting Certificate Program, you will be prepared to tackle a GHG inventory for your school, organization, business, or community. The three required courses provide an introduction to carbon footprinting, an overview of core concepts for footprinting, and strategies for interpreting and communicating your carbon footprint results. The carbon footprint tool that will be used for teaching is SIMAP, a tool hosted by UNH, but the concepts taught in this program can be applied to any carbon footprinting tool.
The Carbon Footprinting Certificate Program requires 3 core courses and 1 elective. See below for more details on these courses.
- Completion of three (3) required workshops
- Completion of one (1) elective workshop
Certificate requires completion of three required and one elective workshop within a two year period. Ideally, the full workshop schedule will be offered annually, allowing participants to complete the certificate in as little as one year.
To enroll in the Carbon Footprinting Certificate program, add the "CF Certificate Enrollment fee" to your cart at checkout when signing up for any of the elective workshops (this is an additional, one-time $50 fee).
Certificate Workshop Schedule
- Introduction to Carbon Footprinting | October 28 | Live Online
- Carbon Footprinting: Data Collection and Calculations | December 9 | Live Online
- Interpreting and Communicating Your Carbon Footprinting Results | Coming Soon! | Live Online
- SIMAP: A Tutorial on a Carbon and Nitrogen Footprint Tool for Higher Education | Coming soon! | Live Online
- More to be announced soon!
This program is offered in partnership with the UNH Sustainability Institute.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the cost?
Each individual workshop varies in cost. You may view the tuition price of each workshop by following the links above. Payment when registering can be completed on a class-to-class basis, or all together. There is also a one time $50 certificate administration fee.
How do I register?
Select your course(s) above and continue to "Enroll Now." Follow the steps provided to register for the workshop and reserve your seat. To enroll in the Carbon Footprinting Certificate program, add the "CF Certificate Enrollment fee" to your cart at checkout when signing up for any of the elective workshops.
When should I register?
We highly recommend registering for these workshops early as they tend to fill up. Some courses may have limited seats/spots available. Enrollment may close up to five days prior to the course start date.
Where will my course take place?
You may view the location of each workshop above and/or when registering for a course. Specific directions to the course location will be provided upon registration or can be found here.
If the course you are registering for is listed as "Live Online," the workshop will take place in a live virtual format via Zoom. More information will be provided upon registration.
What materials will I need?
For specific information and necessary materials, please view the individual course page for the workshop you would like to register for. You may be required to have certain materials and/or applications downloaded to participate in the course. Reminders about this will be provided via email upon registration. You may also contact us with any questions.
A course is currently listed as "Unavailable." Why is that?
This may be due to the course being at maximum capacity, cancelled, or not currently scheduled. We recommend checking back routinely for updates. You may also contact us for further information.
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