SDGs and Sustainable Technologies Certificates

Sustainable Technologies Certificate

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI

The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI Certificate in Sustainable Technologies is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to make significant contributions to sustainability initiatives, both local and global. The certificate, coordinated by Dr. Pat Fox, addresses seven of the UN Sustainable development Goals: SDG 7-Affordale and Clean Energy; SDG 9-Industry, Innovation and infrastructure; SDG 11-Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDG 13- Climate Action; SDG 14-Life Below Water; and SDG 15- Life on Land; SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals

  • Sustainable Technologies Certificate

    Pat Fox, smilingPatricia Fox is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology (SET) at IUPUI. Pat has been a member of the faculty in the School for over 37 years and has taught leadership, ethics, staffing, senior research project, and sustainability courses, including the ‘Go Green’ study abroad course about sustainable practices in businesses and industries in Germany and France. In 2021, Pat is serving Co-Chair of the University Faculty Council’s Climate Action Plan Task Force. One of the most significant sustainability initiatives in which Pat has been involved is the creation of a Certificate in Sustainable Technologies.

    In the United States, sustainability has gained importance in business, industry, government, government agencies, higher education, and in the public consciousness. The goal of meeting today’s needs without harming future generations’ ability to realize their potential is a hallmark of sustainable practices, and there is widespread interest from many disciplines and sectors in developing, enhancing, and integrating sustainability into aspects of products, services, and solutions. Thus, the need to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to make contributions to sustainability initiatives has never been greater. Green jobs are rapidly being created as the economy begins embracing sustainable, energy efficiency, and low-carbon practices. The driving forces behind the development of green jobs are businesses wishing to maintain cutting edge technology, become more energy efficient, while lowering their carbon footprint, or becoming entirely carbon neutral. SET’s Certificate in Sustainable Technologies is designed to address a growing need for professionals who can contribute to the green global workforce with knowledge in sustainable practices in current technologies. The Sustainable Technologies Certificate will be beneficial to students who want to acquire knowledge in areas of renewable energies, green building, and sustainable design, and who may want to pursue a career in a sustainable technology. All of the Sustainable Technologies Certificate courses are offered online.

    The Certificate in Sustainable Technologies addresses seven of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular #7-Affordale and Clean Energy; #9-Industry, Innovation and infrastructure; #11-Sustainable Cities and Communities; #13- Climate Action; #14-Life Below Water; and #15- Life on Land; #17 Partnerships for the Goals.

    The Sustainable Technologies certificate, which the students can complete in one year, consists of 6 courses for a total of 18 credit hours. Course topics include: Introduction to Sustainable Principles and Practices; Energy Efficiency and Auditing; Renewable Energy Technologies; and Emerging Green Technologies, etc. For more information contact Pat Fox at

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