Undergraduate Sustainability Education

Become a sustainability leader.

The conversation in many industries has shifted from 'if' you should adopt sustainable practices to 'how' you can implement them. It's the responsibility of students to equip themselves with the knowledge outside their core discipline to tackle sustainability issues, and the Certificate in Sustainability Studies Program offers that foundation.

Calvin Ng

2018 Certificate in Sustainability Studies Graduate

Certificate in Sustainability Studies

The Certificate in Sustainability Studies is based on an innovative experiential learning model that you can easily add to most undergraduate degrees at no cost. UCalgary is a leader among Canadian universities with this new method for sustainability education. We provide you with the thinking and problem-solving skillset needed for sustainability leadership, research, education, policy, and planning.

Certificate in Sustainability Studies

Sustainability Farm Field School

Students will apply and work with regenerative/sustainable agricultural practices to create an integrated agricultural system that includes horticulture, small livestock production, mushroom production and perennial crops. This field school uses nature and natural processes as a model, taking inspiration from Permaculture and Biodynamic farming where different types of production feed into each other, functioning as a holistic ecological system.

The 2019 field school is now closed. Check back for more opportunities in 2020.

Field Schools

Uganda Field School

UCalgary Sustainability Studies is excited to offer the first interdisciplinary group study program designed by this office. This program will use the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a guide to help students explore many of the daily issues faced by Ugandans as their communities face new and ongoing challenges from the local to the global. Through the lens of Ubuntu: the Bantu work and life philosophy that is relationship-oriented and strives for communal solidarity, students will study and explore with local community leaders and groups as they work towards the common goal of sustainable community development.


Environmental Science Program (BSc)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science produces graduates who can critically and objectively address potential or actual environmental issues of all kinds. The program emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding environmental issues facing society while providing each student with expertise in one of six concentrations.

Environmental Science Program

Engineering, Energy and Environment Minor (BSc)

The energy and environment specialization – administered by CEERE – is offered exclusively to engineering students at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. The specialization is completed in parallel with one of five Bachelor of Science degrees in chemical, civil, electrical, geomatics or mechanical engineering. Students are trained in their engineering discipline of choice while gaining interdisciplinary knowledge about the direct and indirect environmental impacts of energy-related activities.

Solar House