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Certificate in Climate Solutions and Sustainable Energy

Explore and gain applied skills to respond to the climate crisis through sustainable energy solutions. The Certificate in Climate Solutions and Sustainable Energy includes training in energy efficiency, renewable and distributed energy resources and community energy and climate change planning.  The United Nations has identified Climate Action and Clean and Affordable Energy, among its key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a growing market for sustainable energy practitioners in Canada and around the world.  

The Climate Solutions and Sustainable Energy Certificate will provide training on the policy, economic, scientific, technical, legal, and managerial dimensions of the climate crisis and sustainable energy solutions to it, including hands-on applied training. 

Key learning outcomes of the Climate Solutions and Sustainable Energy Certificate are:

  • Recognize the urgency and complexity of the climate crisis
  • Engage with conventional and alternative management models and governance & policy structures to identify, evaluate, propose and implement effective strategies.
  • Understand of the structure of energy systems
  • Work collaboratively to address the climate crisis and advance sustainable energy solutions effectively and accurately
  • Develop critical thinking, leadership and active participation skills for project management, community initiatives and knowledge production in relation to the climate crisis and sustainable energy solutions.

This program is supported by the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. Established to build and strengthen the teaching, research and partnerships needed to create new green energy economies in Canada and around the world, SEI is focused on energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy sources and combined heat and power.

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At a Glance

2 to 3 years of study


Offered full time and part time

Accepts applications for Fall (September)

Application Process

Direct Entry Students: The certificate is open to students who previously completed an undergraduate degree in a related field from an accredited institution. Students are admissible with a cumulative grade point average of 5.00/9.00 (C+). Individuals without an undergraduate degree but who have previous relevant work experience may also apply to the certificate.

Concurrent students: The certificate in Climate Solutions and Sustainable Energy (CSSE) may be completed concurrently with either a Bachelor’s or Honours degree program at York University. Students may  register in the certificate program after completing 24 credits at York University with cumulative GPA of 5.00/9.00 (C+). Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed their undergraduate degree program.

Tuition and Fees will be paid to York University. Please see the Undergraduate Tuition and Fees information on the Future Students Website.Entrance Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries are available each year to support your education.

We recommend reviewing funding available exclusively for our students and the funding available for all York University students

Direct Entry Students: If you are a new applicant to York, you must ensure first that you meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University and meet any additional requirements. You may then apply through the Office of Admission

Concurrent Students: If you are a current York student, contact your Academic Adviser to find out about admission requirements and the application process.

Hands-on Learning and Field Studies

Learning in the field is a key component in our program. Your courses will take you on location with field trips to various places in Toronto, across Ontario and in the work place. 

Program Curriculum

We recommend all students understand their degree requirements by referring the official York University Academic Calendar for the year they started the program. Depending on which degree you are pursuing requirements will be different. You are encouraged to meet with your Academic Advisor each year to ensure you are on track for graduation.  

Graduation: Students in the CSSE must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 5.00 (C+) in their degree program and a minimum grade point average of 6.00 (B) in the 24 credits required for the certificate. Students must apply to graduate with the certificate using the Application to Graduate with a Certificate form, available on the York University Current Students’ Website.

Applications to declare the certificate must be obtained from and filed with the Office of Student and Academic Services in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar's Office has received notice from the unit administering the program

The Faculty does not award certificates retroactively.

Completion Requirements for the Certificate in Climate Solutions and Sustainable Energy

At least 18 credits in environmental studies, including:

  • EU/ENVS2403 - Solutions: Sustainability, Justice, Transitions (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS3130 - Energy and the Environment in Canada (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS3400 - Introduction to Climate Change Science and Policy (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS4350 - Climate Justice (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS4400 - Principles of renewable energy: theory, policy and practice (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS4402 - Climate Change Mitigation (3.00)

At least 6 credits, 3 credits of which must be at the 3000 or 4000-level chosen from among:

(Note: Students who declared Sustainable Environmental Management as their degree program cannot take EU/ENVS 2410 3.00 or EU/ENVS 2510 3.00 to fulfil this requirement.)

  • EU/ENVS2410 - Environmental Governance and Policy: Ideas, Interests and Institutions (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS2510 - Economics for the Anthropocene (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS3140 - Environmental and Sustainability Education (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS3340 - Global Environmental Politics (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS3410 - Environmental Policy I (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS3420 - Environmental Law (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS3430 - Environmental Assessment (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS3505 - Business and Sustainability: Issues and Strategies (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS3511 - Ecological Economics (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS4311 - Indigenous Environmental Justice (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS4430 - Impact Assessment Process & Practice (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS4440 - Environmental Disasters (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS4401 - Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency: Theory, Policy and Practice in a Canadian Context (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS4410 - Environmental Policy (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS4445 - Ontario Environmental Politics and Policy (3.00)
  • EU/ENVS4523 - Systems Thinking: How everything is connected to everything else, and what to do about it (3.00)
  • EU/GEOG3040 - Urban Environmental Justice (3.00)
  • EU/GEOG3340 - Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3.00)
  • EU/GEOG4340 - Spatial analysis and problem solving with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3.00)

Additional information is available from the Office of Student and Academic Services, 137 HNE, 416-736-5252 or

Note: Course offerings may vary from year to year. Some courses have additional course prerequisites. Students are responsible for ensuring that these prerequisites are satisfied before enrolling and that the chosen courses are not course credit exclusions to other courses already taken.