• Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace Certificate

    Understand how to explore and address complex issues within your organization more holistically with Hamline’s Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace Certificate. This certificate will employ regional, national, and international examples of sustainable development, public policy, and business strategies. By studying existing and proposed public policy, the private sector’s reaction to public policy and the resultant market solution, you will be able to discern how sustainable strategies affect the marketplace. 

    With a certificate in Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace, you will:

    • Investigate how to create work cultures of openness and inquiry in order to challenge taken-for-granted ways of operating.
    • Cultivate a more resilient outlook and adaptable entity, whether public, private, or nonprofit.
    • Examine the perceived conflict between incorporating sustainable business practices and pursuing economic growth.
    • Expand your personal capacity, building skills and knowledge in the areas of self awareness, relationship building, influencing, and communication.
    • Learn how to assess the state of your organization and develop an action plan for building sustainability and enduring organizational resiliency.

    Register by November 15, 2016, and receive a $100 discount!


    Program Overview

    Certificate classes meet at Hamline's Minneapolis location. Students complete 45 hours of training to receive the Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace Certificate from the Hamline University School of Business Public Administration program and 4 Continuing Studies credits.

    Cost for the certificate program is $1,600.


    Courses meet the second Thursday of each month from 2-8 p.m. and the second Friday of each month from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner on Thursday, and continental breakfast and lunch on Friday are included. There will be no class in March so students can work on a project.

    Session 1: January 12-13, 2017
    Session 2: February 9-10, 2017
    Session 3: April 13-14, 2017
    Session 4: May 11-12, 2017

    About The Instructor

    Richard Strong, senior research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota, holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from North Dakota State, a master’s degree in urban planning from McGill University, and a master’s degree in design from Harvard University. Rich has worked in both private and public sectors within government and university settings over the past thirty years. He was an architect with several Minneapolis firms and in his own first during the ’70s and ’80s. Rich was one of the initiators of the Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide while a project manager at Hennepin County during the ’90s, and he has taught sustainable design at Carleton College for the past three years. Currently, he is involved in monitoring the Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines and developing standards for the Sustainable Building 2030 Initiative at the University of Minnesota. He also teaches sustainability at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Degree Candidacy

    Participants are eligible to earn graduate or continuing studies credit. Graduate-level elective credits from all certificates may be earned and applied to the Master or Doctorate of Public Administration. Additionally, elective credits may be earned and applied to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Nonprofit Management from the Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace and Leadership Communication Skills certificates.