• Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace Certificate

    Resiliency is critical to surviving disruption to your organization’s core function. The best way to ensure resiliency is to build a sustainable enterprise. With the Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace Certificate, you will understand organizational resiliency and its relationship to sustainability, as well as learn effective integration tools and frameworks to address real issues in the workplace.

    With the Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace Certificate from Hamline, you will:

    • Understand the basic tenants of sustainability, including equity, long term thinking, and systems thinking.
    • Develop a more resilient outlook and an adaptable entity, whether public, private, or nonprofit.
    • Examine the perceived conflict between incorporating sustainable business practices and pursuing economic growth.
    • Explore regional, national, and international examples of sustainable development, public policy, and business strategies.
    • Learn how to assess the state of your organization and develop an action plan for building sustainability and enduring organizational resiliency.

    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 $1,450, payable in two installments in September and January.


    The class meets on third Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch are included.

    Session 1: Friday, September 18, 2015
    Session 2: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
    Session 3: Friday, November 20, 2015
    Session 4: Friday, February 19, 2016
    Session 5: Friday, March 18, 2016
    Session 6: Friday, April 15, 2016

    About The Instructor

    Richard Strong, senior research fellow, 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 the 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. He also teaches Sustainability at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

    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 Public Administration must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.