Academic Programs

Water Sustainability Certificate

PCGS alumna Christina A. pumping water from a well on her capstone internship with WaterAid Ethiopia.

PCGS alumna Christina A. pumping water from a well on her capstone internship with WaterAid Ethiopia.

Certificate Description:

Skilled sustainability professionals are needed in order to create effective solutions to the complex global water challenges. This certificate program will equip students with the theory, practice and skills to guide communities and the different sectors in issues of water management. It will enable students to understand the complex regional and global water-related challenges and to develop innovative and sustainable solutions. This program strives to meet the defend of graduates and professions who would like to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance their career opportunities in a reasonable time. The program is also attractive for many students who would like to use this as a path towards their M.A. program in global sustainability.

The certificate program is based on a multidisciplinary approach to sustainable water management. It will present water management issues from technological, economics, and policy perspectives. The program will provide students with general knowledge on sustainability and deeper understanding of water management in a sustainable manner. It is open to students from multiple disciplines (engineering, natural sciences, and social sciences) and will build knowledge and skills for holistic and integrated approaches to water management in the face of complex global challenges.

 

Required Courses (6 credit hours): 

This course discusses basic concepts and principles of sustainable development. It discusses systems thinking and different sustainability perspectives such as local/global and historical/future. Best practices will be analyzed through case studies.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The course provides sustainability practitioners an overview of how economics and finance enhance sustainability. The emphasis is on environmental economics and innovative finance; students learn how scarce natural resources can be optimally allocated.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

 

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Choose two: 

The course focuses on green infrastructure in urban environments, i.e., sustainable approaches to water, wastewater, transportation, roads, bridges, buildings, energy, wastes, housing, etc. Of particular emphasis is the complex interdependence of infrastructures in an urban/regional setting. Green building and green construction are a major part of the class. We cover the various USGBC LEED rating systems, such as buildings, schools, homes and neighborhoods. The course aims to bring together engineers, architects, planners, business managers, natural and social scientists, health professionals, etc in the same class and form multidisciplinary project teams to plan or assess a green building.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The FEW nexus helps students navigate the complexities of sustainability, using systems thinking and case studies in food, energy, and water to create industrial ecology systems, closing the loop from the solar energy that sustains food production through food waste to new food.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

This course provides an overview of the challenges and strategies for sustainable water resource management for coordinated planning, development and management of water resources. It will discuss technical, legal and institutional frameworks.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

Cities around the world are facing the challenges of addressing water scarcity, flooding and waterway health vulnerabilities. It is now well accepted that these issues cannot be adequately addressed by the traditional urban water development approach. In response, new thinking of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and Green Infrastructure Planning has becoming prominent. This course provides methodologies to bring natural processes into the built environment, and to enable the adoption of water sensitive planning and design principles in support of cities making the transition towards livable, sustainable, and resilient water futures. It will focus on green infrastructure systems to provide stormwater management and flood protection; maintain healthy waters; provide multiple environmental benefits; and support sustainable communities.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

This course provides an overview of water resources planning and introduces students to some of the tools used in water resources planning and management. It will also discuss water quality issues as well as water and wastewater treatment technologies that are important to improve water quality in closing the water cycle loop. Students will use water resources planning tools to develop cost effective plans based on individual and group project works.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

 

Point of Contact

If you have any general questions relating to PCGS graduate certificate programs,please contact

Toure Rider
813-974-9943
trider@usf.edu