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Green Your Diploma

Green Your Diploma at North Lake College!
All students from all majors can add a specialization in sustainability studies and science to any associate degree at North Lake College. 


  • Any Associate Degree available at North Lake College
  • Earn a 'C' or better in 15.0 credit hours of approved green courses AND instructors
  • Including 3.0 credits Sustainable Economy, 3.0 credits in Sustainable Environment, and 3.0 credits in Sustainable Society 
When nearing completion of your Associate Degree, please complete the Green Your Diploma completion form (PDF) and send to Sustainability Coordinator Brandon Morton,

What is a green class?

A course is “green” when it includes topics and assignments focused on sustainability, and classroom practices reduce impact on the environment and our community.

Sustainability means meeting the needs of today's generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The three tenets of sustainability, or triple-bottom-line, are economy, environment, and society. There are over 70 green courses available for almost every associate degree program. Course subjects include arts, business, construction, liberal studies, logistics, mathematics, natural sciences and technology.
North Lake College "green" faculty pledge to go paperless and take other classroom steps to increase sustainable efforts on campus. 
Course availability varies by semester.  You can browse the Course Catalog for specific course offering in each semester.

Why should I Green My Diploma?

Receive a Green Cord for graduation to recognize your sustainability studies and science specialization.

Green jobs are available for almost every career – Business, Education, Engineering, Healthcare, Hospitality, Information Technology, Logistics, Public Administration, Retail Sales, Recycling, Research, Science Transportation, Waste Management and Water Resources, and many more.
Companies, Sports Teams, Schools, Government and Non-Profit Organizations offer green jobs. Salaries for green jobs start at $10.00/hour and can be as high as $250,000/year, depending on education and experience.   
More than 35 colleges and universities in Texas offer “green” education programs. Green Your Diploma for a recognized specialization that transfers to a 4-year university.
For more information about leading companies and organizations that practice sustainability, please visit the ‘Sustainability Consortium’, ‘Retail Industry Leadership Association Sustainability’, or ‘Triple Bottom Line’.   

How do I Green My Diploma?

Complete 15 college credit hours of "green" courses with a "C" or better and graduate with an Associate Degree at North Lake College in any field.

All courses transfer as core or elective to a 4-year college or university. Please see your academic advisor or the North Lake College Transfer Center for specific details.   

If you have additional questions about the Green Diploma, please contact the Sustainability Coordinator, Brandon Morton at or 972-273-3392.

Learn more about North Lake’s other sustainability initiatives.