On April 8, 2011, the Oregon University System formally approved the establishment of the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability (OLIS) graduate certificate program. Shortly thereafter, the website, http://olis.uoregon.edu, was open for applications!
OLIS is housed at the University of Oregon, but hopes to attract recent BA or BS graduates from all the OUS campuses to train the future sustainability leaders of Oregon. OLIS is a one year sustainability “Boot Camp.” The program will provide 30 students a year with hands on skills and experiences needed to work in a professional work environment engaged in sustainability issues for cities—whether with a public agency, a non-profit, or a private firm working in the public and non-profit sectors.
OLIS has three components: Leadership Skills; Core Courses in energy and climate change issues and solutions for cities, green cities, ecological design; and a three quarter Practicum working on projects for a real client. Projects may include an analysis of water recycling alternatives for a neighborhood; sustainability indicators and metrics; design of an eco-district; business plan for a district heating plant among others.
Check us out!! http://olis.uoregon.edu
We’ll be visiting the OSU Memorial Union on May 11 to connect with interested students.
Please feel free to stop by and ask any questions you might have about the program.