Welcome to the Sustainable Development (SD) Program

Earn a certificate in Sustainable Development while pursuing your undergraduate or graduate degree at SFU.

The new Sustainable Development Program explores the most pressing issues of our time - how to live in more sustainable ways in Canada and internationally.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, the theory and practice of sustainable development are considered in terms of environmental regeneration and sustainability, social inclusion and equality, and reorientation of economic systems toward increased social and environmental well-being.

Classes are small and involve significant student participation through discussion, activities and projects. Program participants come from across the university, providing a unique opportunity to collaborate across faculties.

Students learn through cases, real-world examples, and projects that respond to organizations and enterprises engaged in social and environmental sustainability.

Our program has two streams:

  • Sustainable Community Development
  • International Development and Sustainability


Choose from the following credentials:


The SD Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) is a post-undergraduate program and is designed for those who already have undergraduate degrees or the equivalent. It is not a master’s degree, but it is more advanced than a Bachelor’s degree. This program is an excellent fit for those who are making a major change of field, or who have previously obtained a highly specialized Bachelor’s degree in a different discipline. PBD graduates can use their SD education as a stepping stone to graduate and professional study in a variety of fields, including planning and public policy. 


According to the Environmental Careers Organization (www.eco.ca) one of the fastest-growing fields in Canada is sustainability and both British Columbia and Alberta have the highest proportion of sustainability jobs compared to their share of the Canadian labour force.
High demand with private firms, the Canadian government, and international and Canadian civil society organizations for people who can foster:

  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • International Development with Sustainability
  • Community Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Enterprises
  • Sustainable Cities



3 Reasons Why Sustainability Education Increases Employment Opportunities

Studies find that students who include sustainability into their learning and/or co-curricular experience are ahead of the curve when it comes to seeking employment after graduation.