Information for Current Students

Please read these resources below for more information on how to complete the certificate successfully. If you have any remaining questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch or attend an orientation session.

Jasmine Farahbakhsh
Academic Sustainability Coordinator
jasmine.farahbakhsh@ualberta.ca
780-248-1959


How to successfully complete the certificate

Below, you can find more detailed information for completing each step on the road toward successfully receiving your certificate.

Certificate in Sustainability courses can be completed at any time during your degree, including your final semester. As you already know, to earn the certificate, you must complete ★12 credits of coursework:

There are some additional criteria around, for instance, limits on transfer credits and overlap with other certificates. Please be sure to have read the Certificate requirements document for all details.

Course exceptions

If you are unsure about whether a course can or cannot count toward the certificate, don't hesitate to get in touch. Exceptions may be possible with the consultation of an advisor (if, for instance, you have taken a special topics course or a new course that you think meets the certificate's course list criteria).

Engineering students

Engineering students can earn the certificate by counting program electives, complementary studies electives, and impact of technology on society courses. Please consult the engineering students guide to learn which courses are eligible in each program.

Augustana students

Given the logistical difficulty of requiring students in Camrose to take a course outside of their faculty, Augustana Campus students are not required to take ★3 credits from outside their faculty.

The integrative project is the capstone on your Certificate in Sustainability experience. Our graduates rate it as one of the most rewarding parts of the certificate, and we want to make sure it's valuable to you too.

You can begin work on your integrative project at any time during your degree. We recommend that you start the process before your last semester, although it is possible to finish everything in one semester with careful attention to detail.

Steps to complete an integrative project
  1. Review the integrative project requirements
  2. Request a meeting with an advisor
  3. Complete the proposal form
  4. Submit the proposal to your advisor for authorization to proceed
  5. Complete work
  6. Present your project at an approved venue
  7. Submit project completion form
Preparing to meet an advisor

Prior to meeting with your advisor, you can download the proposal form to have a better idea of what the project will entail. Brainstorm some ideas for your project, but don't worry if you go into your advisor meeting without a clear idea of what you want to do. Your advisor will help you go over the proposal in detail and will need to approve your project before you can proceed further. This will often take more than one meeting to figure everything out.

Download Proposal Form

To complete the certificate, you must present your integrative project in public. This can be in-person though a poster presentation, seminar or workshop. Other accepted formats include producing a publication such as a podcast or video, putting on an exhibition, or choreographing a performance.

You will decide on a venue as part of your project proposal, which is approved by your advisor.

Independent presentation venues

You may choose a presentation venue in consultation with your advisor. For instance, it might be valuable to present at a conference in your field, or it might be appropriate to give a presentation to a community group you work with.

To give an independent presentation, please bring this form for an event organizer to complete.

Affiliated presentation venues

The presentation venues below are affiliated with the Certificate in Sustainability. No additional form is required, but you will need to sign up with the event organizers listed below.

Campus Sustainability Leaders Awards

 

Cancelled for 2021

Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

March 9-11, 2021

To present at FURCA, you will need to submit an abstract to the Undergraduate Research Initiative.

Student Academic Conference Augustana Campus hosts this at the end of both the fall and winter terms. For details, Contact Tracy Anderson.

Sustainability Awareness Week

To present, please email jasmine.farahbakhsh@ualberta.ca

Other forms of presenting

Other accepted formats include producing a publication such as a podcast or video, putting on an exhibition, or choreographing a performance. If you choose this option, just a reminder that this must be approved by your advisor in the project proposal.

New The Sustainability Council's social media platforms can host your presentation (for example, as a Twitter thread or Instagram Story). For more information, please contact Jasmine.

To complete the integrative project, please fill out project completion form and submit a digital copy of your project. As part of the form, indicate the type of presentation you gave:

  1. presented at an affiliated event
  2. presented at an independent event
  3. engaged the public through a podcast, video or other publication
  4. other

We ask that you upload a digital copy of your project for verification. You may also indicate if you are ok with adding your project to the online archive, allowing future students to benefit from your work.