Green Building and Community Sustainability Certificate

Harvard Extension School


Build the knowledge and skills necessary to help communities design and develop more sustainable housing and transportation options.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understand the tenets of green building, including water, energy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction.
  • Implement greenhouse gas emission management principles, such as emission reduction goals, accounting techniques and standards, and comprehensive emissions reduction plans.
  • Analyze energy audits, conservation measures, codes and standards, and daylight simulation/modeling tools for various building types.
  • Lead effectively in a variety of organizational contexts using change management principles.

No application is required. You simply register for graduate courses during our fall, spring, or summer registration periods.

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Additional Details

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:
- Complete four certificate courses for graduate credit.
- Earn at least a B grade in each course.
- Complete the courses within three years.

If you’re also considering a master’s degree and have earned a bachelor’s degree, certain certificate courses can also be counted as electives in a related degree field.


  • Institution Name: Harvard Extension School
  • Department: Graduate Certificates
  • Address: 51 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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