Continuing Education
Georgia Southern University

Sustainability Advisor Certificate Program

Sustainability Advisor Certificate Program

Dates: January 31 – March 31, 2018
Time: Online Course
Location: Online – Folio Course
Registration Fee: $385
Group Fee: $346.50 (for those registering 10 or more participants)

Registration Deadline: January 30, 2018

Are you interested in sustainability but don’t know much about it? Have you been asked to lead the green team in your office but lack the background? Are you looking to save some money by making your home more sustainable? This 8-week, online certificate program will provide you with both the background and the practical knowledge to actually improve sustainability in your home and/or business.

Course Benefits:

  • Learn about the field of sustainability
  • Learn how sustainability can be used to improve industry, community and the environment


Program Outline


Lissa Leege

Dr. Lissa Leege is the founding director of Georgia Southern University’s Center for Sustainability (CfS) and oversees the academic aspects of sustainability on the Georgia Southern campus. She received her Ph.D. in Plant Ecology at Michigan State University in 1997, taught at the Ohio State University for one year and was hired in the Biology Department at Georgia Southern University in 1998, where she is currently a Professor of Biology. Her research concerns threats to rare plants, including the effects of fire and invasive species on endangered plant populations. She teaches Environmental Biology, Intro Biology, Plant Ecology, and graduate level sustainability courses. She has recently co-authored an Environmental Science textbook – The Environment and You, 2nd Edition with a collaborator at Duke University. She is a graduate of the 2013 class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership.
Under Lissa’s direction, CfS has developed a Sustainability Concentration for undergraduates and a Sustainability Advisor Certificate Program for the general public. CfS hosts a Sustainability Seminar Series, including speakers such as Dr. Steven Chu (past US Secretary of Energy and Nobel laureate), Robert Kenner (Food Inc.), Majora Carter (environmental justice), and an annual GreenFest for the local community. CfS conducts “No Impact Week” at Georgia Southern each spring with a campus-wide focus on sustainability. Since 2014, CfS has hosted a grant program through which over $900,000 in student sustainability fees have been allocated to projects to improve campus sustainability. A founding member of the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network and the Savannah Sustainability Alliance, Lissa lives in Statesboro, GA with her husband and two sons ages 13 and 9.

Sara Beall

Sara is an enthusiast of living sustainably, preserving biodiversity, and adapting to new challenges. She has a M.S. in Biology from Georgia Southern University. As a biologist, she seeks to promote community engagement and the integration of scientific developments into everyday life. She believes that online courses are a powerful tool to accomplish this goal and is excited to be teaching the Sustainability Certification Course.

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