Studying sustainability

As institutions of higher learning, universities are uniquely positioned to influence and prepare future generations for the challenges they will face.

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Programs & certificates

Concordia University offers 33 undergraduate, graduate and professional certificate programs that will enhance your understanding of sustainability.

Our directory lists programs that are:

  • Specifically focused on sustainability;
  • Include sustainability-focused learning objectives; or
  • Require successful competion of a sustainability-focussed course
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Sustainability courses

Concordia University offers many course options for students interested in learning more about sustainability.


Our directory lists courses that are:

  • Foundational courses with a primary and explicit focus on sustainability
  • Courses with a primary and explicit focus on the interdependence of ecological and social / economic systems 
  • Courses with a primary and explicit focus on the application of sustainability within a field
  • Courses with a primary and explicit focus on a major sustainability challenge
Carly Ziter works with the students from her Ecology of Urban Environments course to plant a pollinator garden at Loyola, based on student designs. Photo credit Julian Haber.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) | Wicked Problems, Dynamic Solutions

Concordia has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to create a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The MOOC entitled “Wicked Problems, Dynamic Solutions: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking” is an interdisciplinary course open all. Anyone who is interested will have the opportunity to learn about complex ideas such as ecological resilience, environmental governance, urban biodiversity and the impact of climate change in an accessible way.

Sustainable Curriculum Report

The latest sustainable curriculum inventory, conducted by the Office of Sustainability, assesses the level of sustainability content and program-level learning outcomes across the curriculum for the 2018-19 to 2020-21 academic years. The inventory found that 11 percent of courses contain sustainability content. It was also found that approximately 19 percent of Concordia students graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability.

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