Sustainability Academics at VCU is committed to the following priorities:

  • Provide leadership and a face for Sustainability Academics, with full university sanction, by creating a faculty fellow in Sustainability Academics.
  • Implement the undergraduate certificate in Sustainable Innovation as the core for the undergraduate effort.
  • Implement a Sustainability Academics web information repository.
  • Begin development of an online professional degree- Master of Sustainable Innovation.
  • Establish a Sustainability Academics Summer Institute to expand sustainability offerings.
  • Branding of the Sustainability Academics effort as the N’ovation Initiative.
  • Implement a sustainability study abroad program.


  • 64 classes
  • 2 sustainability certificates
  • 18 academic departments that offer courses in sustainability

Maybe you'd like to take a few sustainability courses, or perhaps you are ready to pursue a certificate in sustainability?Whatever your aim, peruse below to explore your options for infusing sustainability into your academic experience at VCU. 

Sustainability Certificates

The Certificate in Sustainable Innovation is a unique opportunity offered by VCU Life Sciences that is open to any undergraduate student at VCU.  The Certificate program is designed to provide students with a formal foundation in sustainability and uses a systems-thinking approach to problems of sustainability across all academic disciplines.

Certificate in Globalization and Sustainability – Over a ten-week period, the VCU School of Business Certificate in Globalization and Sustainability examines how global forces are changing how organizations make decisions, produce goods and deliver services.  Sessions cover long-term changes, emerging trends, new business models, case studies, and a host of examples of change-driven innovation presented by recognized business leaders or international experts so that students learn to recognize opportunities where they may have previously seen obstacles.

Sustainability Courses at VCU

Whether you are interested in pursuing the Certificate in Sustainable Innovation or you are simply looking to add some sustainability spice to your next semester, we invite you to peruse the wide variety of classes VCU offers that relate to sustainability issues.

Click here to see a complete list of classes offered at VCU that have a sustainability attribute.

To search the availability of a specific sustainability course, please use the following instructions:

  1. Visit and select the semester you are interested in

  2. Select a term

  3. Select a subject of interest and under Attribute Type select “sustainability content” from the menu

  4. After clicking “Course Search” you should see a list of classes with the sustainability attribute that are being offered within the subject and term you selected