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Sustainable Business Leadership Post-Graduate Certificate

Start Date: September

Location: Tourism & Culinary Centre

Length: 1 Year

Credential: Post-Graduate Certificate, Sustainable Business Leadership

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants: Waiting list

International Applicants with a Valid Study Permit: Waiting list

Other International Applicants: Closed


The post-graduate certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership is your gateway to the rapidly growing field of sustainability leadership and climate action. The program has been designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience needed to lead organizations towards more sustainable operations and deploy clean tech solutions.

The program's comprehensive curriculum and variety of delivery methods will enable students to expand on conventional business success metrics to include a triple bottom line approach that enables them to measure and improve an organization’s contributions to planetary health, social well-being and a just economy.

By exploring topics such as foundational environmental science, emerging energy systems, business plans development, data analytics and strategies to lead through positive change, the program will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to lead organizations toward more sustainable operations.

From setting, tracking, and reporting on sustainability metrics to collaborating with multiple stakeholders and rights-holders on innovative projects, to managing organizational change and communicating that change, Sustainable Business Leadership graduates will acquire the skill set needed to drive solutions within organizations and businesses that address current climate change and sustainability challenges.

Course content, projects and experiential learning opportunities provide students with a window into multiple sectors especially relevant to the Atlantic region, such as agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, transportation, buildings, industry, and waste, with a special focus on clean technology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
  1. Apply the foundations of energy, greenhouse gases and land and water use in the creation of sustainability plans and solutions.
  2. Evaluate and analyze existing practices and data to recommend and implement changes that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, a reduction in operational costs and an improved organizational reputation.
  3. Conceptualize, evaluate, contribute to, and implement business plans that are environmentally, socially, and financially sound, capitalizing on current sustainable business models and opportunities discovered through environmental scans, research, and analysis of local and global marketplace trends.
  4. Mediate and negotiate with a wide variety of stakeholder and rightsholder interests, incorporating Indigenous knowledge and employing an understanding of human behavior and motivations to lead and inspire a transition to more sustainable practices.
  5. Evaluate industry regulations, government policies, funding opportunities, corporate values and customer needs that contribute to the feasibility of a sustainable business plan.
  6. Identify quality sources of data and manage key data associated with sustainability.
  7. Lead and coordinate multidisciplinary teams to implement change and sustainability efforts across various sectors with a range of stakeholders.
  8. Evaluate the appropriateness and significance of new techniques, tools and methods for specific business purposes using an environmental, social, and financial lens and prepare to deploy solutions.
  9. Effectively communicate sustainability plans and recommended changes to internal and external stakeholders and contribute to Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and other sustainability reporting frameworks.

This program is funded through the PEI Cleantech Academy, a joint initiative of Holland College, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the Province of PEI.

  • Post-secondary degree or two-year post-secondary diploma.
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.


2024/2025 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

Fees are Program Based

1 Year



Tuition $7,263 $13,263
Fees $828 $1,578
Other Costs* $814 $814
Total $8,905 $15,655

Students are required to bring their own laptop, which must meet the following technical requirements:

  • Device: Laptop
  • Processor: Intel i5 or Ryzen 5
  • RAM: 8 Gb
  • Disk: 256 GB (180GB free)
  • Ethernet port: 100Mb
  • Wireless: 802.11ac
  • USB Ports: one available USB 3.0
  • Webcam w/microphone integrated or external Audio Headset
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Professional
  • Automatic Microsoft Updates latest updates applied
  • Anti-Virus latest updates applied

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition $7,263
Student Union Fee $178
Health & Dental Insurance $470
Fitness Fee $80
Graduation Fee $100
     Total payable to Holland College $ 8,091

1st installment due TBD


2nd installment due TBD


Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

Books/Software $650
On-site Parking (payable to Holland College) $164
     Total $814
Grand Total $8,905

International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition* $13,263
Student Union Fee $178
Health & Dental Insurance $1,220
Fitness Fee $80
Graduation Fee $100
     Total payable to Holland College $14,841

1st installment due TBD


2nd installment due TBD


Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

Books/Software $650
On-site Parking (payable to Holland College) $164
     Total $814
Grand Total $15,655
  • Sustainability Coordinator, Officer, Manager, Specialist
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Stakeholder Engagement Lead
  • Climate Energy Strategist
  • Sustainable Operations Analyst
  • Environmental Systems Manager
  • Social Impact Manager

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:PRAC-3305

Sustainable Business Leadership OJT

On-the-job training provides students with an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired in the Sustainable Business Leadership post-graduate program to a relevant work environment. OJT participants are expected to assume, with appropriate supervision, the duties and responsibilities normally expected of an entry-level employee in a similar position. Using their own observations and initiative, students are expected to acquire and apply new skills as may be expected of a new employee in their respective workplace setting.

Credit Value:6

Course Code:STBL-3100

Data Analytics for Sustainability

This course is currently in development. Some key concepts include the following: Managing high volumes of data Creating visual representations of data Introduction to sensors and IoT (internet of things)

Credit Value:3

Course Code:STBL-3105

Energy Fundamentals and Transitions

Students gain the basic energy literacy required to participate accurately and responsibly in policy discussion, personal and community decisions, and ventures in sustainable energy. The current realities of the electrical grid and the function of the electrical utility are analyzed within a context of energy alternatives. Multiple energy sources and storage options for the energy transition are explored.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:STBL-3110

Sustainability and Cleantech Solutions Feasibility

This course is under development. Some key concepts include the following: . Assess personal potential as an entrepreneur . Utilize techniques for determining market potential . Incorporate sustainability in the target market strategy . Explore revenue models, environmental impacts, regulatory implications of various sustainability and cleantech solutions

Credit Value:3

Course Code:STBL-3115

Sustainable Business and Economic Models

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are introduced alongside supporting frameworks that guide business to identify economic, social, and environmental opportunities for long-term value creation. Students apply systems thinking to identify key environmental solutions and economic tools with an eye to equity and justice from the local to global level. Business models that embed sustainability goals at the core of organizational strategy and across the functional areas of business are explored within the context of emerging economic models that address social and planetary well-being.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:STBL-3120

Science of Sustainability

Explore environmental science and ways humans interact with the natural world, which contribute to our present-day environmental challenges, including climate change, and biodiversity loss. With a foundational understanding of greenhouse gases, water, land, and energy, students apply critical and systems thinking to explore more sustainable solutions, including policy and alternative technologies to an increasingly complex and inter-related set of environmental issues.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:STBL-3125

Sustainable Operations I

Through case studies, field work, and independent research, students acquire the language, framework, and tools necessary to create a corporate action plan for sustainable operations in the areas of energy, waste, water, and greenhouse gas emissions, and apply the basics of GHG accounting. Students collect data, research industry best practices, regulations, and legislation, to make a business case for improved operational efficiency following a project management process.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:STBL-3200

Sustainable Business and Cleantech Deployment

Sustainable business model tools are applied to a social enterprise or cleantech solution idea. Market research and analysis, and the preparation of operational and financial plans for the venture, will culminate in a sustainable initiative execution plan and pitch presentation.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:STBL-3205

Community and Energy

Expanding on foundational energy systems knowledge from Energy Fundamentals and Transitions, students evaluate methods to determine a community's energy demands, energy sources, advantages, limitations, and potential for integrating new, or scaling pre-existing, infrastructure. Students apply participatory methods for the creation of a community vision for alternative energy futures, and strategies to communicate a community energy plan.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:STBL-3210

ESG Reporting and Business Ethics

Explore the transformational change that is occurring to embed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) in organizational strategy and reporting. Become equipped with leading theories, standards and tools to help organizations make this shift. Students deliver stakeholder engagement, and identify equity, diversity and inclusion practices and the role Canadian businesses play in rebuilding relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:STBL-3215

Organizational Change & Engagement

Using industry best practices, proven frameworks, and leading research, students work with an organization to analyze, design, and present an implementation plan for embedding a culture of sustainability through employee or community engagement. Insights on the psychology of sustainable behaviour are applied to an organization's current situation. Analyze data to develop a business case for engagement and to create and present an engagement plan that will foster an effective culture of sustainability.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:STBL-3220

Leadership for a Changing World

Develop self-awareness and leadership skills needed to become a sustainability leader. Through an examination of industry leaders' principles, values, and best practices across various sectors, students gain insights into creating and deploying cleantech and sustainability solutions. The performance and practices of successful local and international business leaders are evaluated. Students apply acquired knowledge and skills, and gain experience leading teams.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:STBL-3225

Sustainable Operations II

Building on skills acquired in Sustainable Operations I, students complete a corporate sustainability action plan. Baseline assessments for key sustainability metrics, including areas of travel and transportation, supply chain, and buildings and facilities are developed. Students facilitate organizations to successfully integrate sustainability solutions and incorporate continuous improvement, by divising action plans, creating organizational policy, and exploring tools for effective integration.

Credit Value:4