The Graduate Certificate in Ecologically Sustainable Development grounds its courses in a theological framework for understanding the divine purpose for creation, the ongoing mission of God in the non-human creation, and ways Christian believers can join in that mission. Students are equipped to deal with complex environmental leadership issues while nurturing community involvement in natural resource management and environmental stewardship.
Ecological sustainability is the capacity of ecosystems to maintain their essential functions and processes, and retain their biodiversity in full measure over the long-term. The Graduate Certificate in Ecologically Sustainable Development emphasizes practical and sustainable solutions from a social, economic, and environmental perspective. Students learn the ecological principles, policies, and practices required for developing a sustainable future.