Senior Sustainability Professional Program


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Our Senior Sustainability Professional program provides vital information to business leaders which enable them to take a practical stand on conservation concerns within a company. Certified Senior Sustainability Professionals have knowledge of sustainability across multiple functional areas and know how to balance internal and external sustainability practices for the betterment of an institutions environmental practice.

Sustainability Professional

As a Sustainability Professional, you will learn about this new ‘green’ paradigm, where energy plays a central role in our lives. Building an energy future which assures ample supplies of energy to meet our needs should be a major priority and of concern to all. Sustainability Professionals are dedicated to the practice of environmental and social responsibility in ways that achieve stability over the long run. Our Sustainability Professional course examines the consequences of present and future energy alternatives, energy policies, and possible energy strategies that can achieve economic prosperity and protect our environment.

Prerequisite(s): None

** Course Subject to Change.

Sustainability Professional

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the core elements of energy mechanics, home energy, and solar energy
  • Identify various sources of energy and the features of each
  • Recall methods of energy production for electricity and nuclear power
  • Define radiation and geothermal energy
  • Recognize key components of wind energy

Sustainability Professional

Sustainability Professional Module 1
Energy Mechanics

  • Energy Use and the Environment
  • Energy Use Patterns
  • Energy Resources
  • Exponential Growth, Peak Oil, and Resource Depletion
  • Energy Conservation
  • Forms of Energy and Energy Conversions
  • Motion
  • Energy and Work

Sustainability Professional Module 2
Conservation of Energy and Heat

  • Laws of Conservation Energy
  • Energy Conversion Examples and Efficiencies
  • Energy Use in Developing Countries
  • Energy Equivalencies: Barrels, Calories, and Btus
  • Heat and Work and the First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Temperature and Heat
  • Heat Transfer Principles
  • Heat Engines
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Sustainability Professional Module 3
Home Energy and Solar Energy

  • Heat-Transfer Control
  • Building Materials
  • House Insulation and Heating Calculations
  • Site Selection
  • Cooling
  • Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
  • Characteristics of Incident Solar Radiation
  • History of Solar Heating
  • Passive and Active Solar Space-Heating Systems

Sustainability Professional Module 4
Energy from Fossil Fuels

  • Resource Terminology
  • Oil
  • Natural Gas
  • Coal: An Expanding Role
  • Future Sources of Oil

Sustainability Professional Module 5
Air Pollution and Energy Use 

  • Properties and Motion of the Atmosphere
  • Air Pollutants and Their Sources
  • Air-Quality Standards
  • Automobile Emission-Control Devices
  • Stationary Source Air-Pollution-Control Systems

Sustainability Professional Module 6
Global Warming and Thermal Pollution

  • Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect: Observations
  • Global Warming: Possible Impacts
  • Global Warming: Possible Actions
  • Thermal Pollution
  • Ecological Effects of Thermal Pollution
  • Cooling Towers and Ponds
  • Using Waste Heat

Sustainability Professional Module 7
Electricity: Circuits and Superconductors

  • Electrification
  • Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry
  • Electrical Charges and Currents
  • Batteries and Electric Vehicles
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Superconductivity
  • Elementary Circuits
  • Electrical Power
  • Fuel Cells

Sustainability Professional Module 8
Electromagnetism and the Generation of Electricity

  • Magnetic Forces and Fields
  • The Generation of Electricity
  • Transmission of Electrical Energy
  • Standard Steam-Electric Generating Plant Cycle
  • Co-Generation

Sustainability Professional Module 9
Electricity, Atoms, Nucleus

  • Solar Cell Principles
  • Cell Manufacture
  • Photovoltaic Systems and Economics
  • Wind Energy
  • Hydropower
  • The Atomic Hypothesis
  • Building Blocks of the Atom
  • Energy Levels
  • Nuclear Structure
  • Radioactivity
  • Fission

Sustainability Professional Module 10
Nuclear Power: Fission

  • Chain Reactions
  • Assembling a Nuclear Reactor
  • Types of Light Water Reactors
  • The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Radioactive Wastes
  • Decommissioning
  • Radioactive Releases
  • Alternate Reactor Designs
  • Nuclear Proliferation

Sustainability Professional Module 11
Radiation and Fusion

  • Radiation Dose
  • Biological Effects of Radiation
  • Background Radiation, Including Radon
  • Radiation Standards
  • Potential for Fusion Power
  • Conditions for Fusion
  • Magnetic Confinement Fusion Reactors

Sustainability Professional Module 12
Biomass and Geothermal Energy

  • Biomass Conversion
  • Food, Fuel, Famine
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Wood Combustion
  • Origin and Nature of Geothermal Energy
  • Hydrothermal Systems
  • Environmental Impacts

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks*. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.

Sustainability Professional

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be equipped for an entry-level position in their field and will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Sustainability Specialist (CSS).

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player


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900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
United States
Phone: 727-824-7800 ext. 8

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