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Green Diploma

Add a 15 credit-hour sustainability concentration and receive the North Lake College Green Diploma! Available for all students and all majors, our Green Diploma is a graduation distinction awarded for the successful completion of designated courses that promote and embody sustainable values.

What is a green class?

A course is “green” when it includes assignments and teaching methodology focused on positive contributions to society, the economy, and the environment. There are over 50 green courses available in more than 15 subjects, from biology to government, from mathematics to construction management.
Faculty members pledge to go paperless and take other steps to reduce their courses’ environmental impacts. They also incorporate sustainable principles into their teaching. Some make sure that required books are all available digitally, incorporate texts on ecology and climate, or offer extra credit for students who attend sustainability-themed events. Students could learn anything from how to calculate a carbon footprint to the history of American ecosystems.
View a list of green courses and instructors at North Lake College (PDF). Course availability varies by semester.

Why should I earn the Green Diploma?

If your goal is an associate degree, then you will receive a green cord to wear over your graduation gown, as recognition for completing the Green Diploma. If your goal is tto transfer to a four-year university, then you will also receive the recognition on your transcript.
If your goal is to get a job, then the Green Diploma can help you! Leading companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and schools are all adopting sustainability principles to help meet today's needs.

How do I earn the Green Diploma?

Requirements for earning the Green Diploma are simple:
  • 15 college credit hours of "green" coursework
  • final grades of "C" or better in all green courses
  • at least one class from each category of sustainability: environmental, economic, social