• Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace

    Certificate Topics

    This is a cross sector certificate for professionals in the public, private and nonprofit sectors that work in resiliency, sustainability, planning, environmental services, public works, energy planning, emergency management and economic development or corporate sustainability. Resiliency is a crucial factor in crisis management and the continued sustainable operations of an organization. Participants will be able to assess where their organization is now and how to make a difference in the area of resiliency and sustainability. They will learn to be change agents and to build capacity within themselves and their organization.

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    Program at a Glance

    Students complete forty-five hours of training to receive the Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace Certificate from the Hamline School of Business Center for Public Administration and Leadership and 4 Continuing Studies credits. Cost for the program is $1,325.

    Time Requirements

    Participants commit to six sessions, starting in February 2015. The class meets on third Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch are included.


    Session 1: Friday, February 20, 2015
    Session 2: Friday, March 20, 2015
    Session 3: Friday, April 17, 2015
    Session 4: Friday, May 15, 2015
    Session 5: Friday, June 19, 2015
    Session 6: TBD by instructor and students

    Degree Candidacy

    All participants are eligible to earn the certificate and Continuing Studies credits regardless of prior academic experience. Eligible students who wish to earn master's level elective credits toward the Master of Arts in Public Administration at Hamline University must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.

    About The Instructor

    Richard Strong, Senior Research Fellow at Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota, holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture from North Dakota State, a Masters degree in Urban Planning from McGill University and a Masters degree in Design from Harvard University. Rich has worked in both private and public sectors, in governmental and university settings, over the last 30 years. He practiced architecture with several Minneapolis firms and in his own firm during the 70’s and 80’s. Rich was one of the initiators of the Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide while a project manager at Hennepin County during the 90’s. He has taught sustainable design at Carleton College the last 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, where he teaches in the Masters of Science – Sustainable Design in the College of Design, and he also teaches Sustainability at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.