Why add this academic certificate to your degree program?
Research from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University shows a huge percentage of employers are already giving positive weight to job candidates with sustainability skills. Across the board, companies valued sustainability training. In the surveys:
- 65 percent of small-company respondents said they would consider a sustainability concentration when making a hiring decision;
- 87 percent of the large-firm respondents agreed;
- A whopping 97.5 percent of the large-firm executives, in particular, said they would value the concentration.
The Academic Certificate (AC) in Sustainability is interdisciplinary and builds a strong academic expertise along one of five significant pillars of sustainability, where students will examine and assess how to minimize unintended consequences and enhance a mutually productive relationship between man and nature. The five pillars are organized into specialized tracks, including land use and human transformations of the earth, competition for water and other natural resources from the earth systems, political and economic treatment of the earth, coupled human-environment interactions, and entrepreneurship for transforming ideas for sustainable products/services into viable businesses.