Program Format

We utilize a blended learning format of online coursework with two, one-week residential study sessions in green-sustainable settings during the Winter and Summer quarters of each academic year. Students also may participate in a 10-day field study immersion (locally or abroad) during Term II of the Summer quarter. Our web-based, collaborative learning community is structured to integrate face-to-face video conferences for small group meetings and discussion forums with conveniently accessible multimedia educational activities to accommodate individual schedules.

The Sustainable Community Design curriculum is designed for students to take courses in sequence, within a cohort-based model. The program’s coursework is offered via a quarter system. Each quarter is 5 credits involving approximately 15 hours of work per week (3 hours per credit). Students complete 630 hours of required coursework over a period of one academic year (September through August). Upon completion of the coursework, students submit a small group project in order to obtain diploma (year 1) or certification (year 2). Please note that students must successfully complete the entire curriculum in order to receive the diploma or certificate of completion.

The Sustainable Community Design courses may be used to fulfill CE units.