Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning & Livable Communities

Develop Sustainable Solutions to Transportation Challenges


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $3,885 (noncredit)
    $8,788 (credit)

Next start date

September 27, 2017

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About this Program

With more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas, creating smart, effective transportation systems is a vital priority for society. Moving people and goods efficiently is essential to a thriving economy and a significant factor in protecting the environment and improving quality of life in communities of all sizes.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the critical issues surrounding the planning and development of sustainable transportation systems. We’ll review policies and programs that promote alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle, including mixed use development and increased population density. You’ll study the environmental impact of different transportation options and investigate the legal and governmental factors involved in sustainable transportation policy. 


Professionals who work on transportation and sustainability issues, along with those who want to enter the field.

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what you'll learn

  • How transportation planning affects livability and sustainability
  • The specifics of capacity analysis, supply management and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Important transportation planning tools and how they are used at the site, city, region and state levels
  • Design and planning considerations related to sprawl and compact cities, energy use, transit-oriented communities, and mixed-use and mixed-income development
  • Supply chain principles and major freight modes, including trucks, trains, ships, barges and pipelines

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll participate in individual and group projects focusing on real-world issues and applications in the sustainable transportation field.

Choose From Noncredit and Credit Options

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 graduate credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the online Master of Sustainable Transportation. To use these credits, you must enroll in the credit version of the certificate program and obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course. If you don’t plan to pursue a graduate degree, choose the noncredit offering. See Noncredit & Credit Options.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Courses are streamed online in real time. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.

For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.

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