Specialization Certificate: Developing and Managing a Sustainability Program

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As global warming and climate change continue to disrupt our environment, procurement professionals are in a pivotal position to purchase environmentally responsible products and facilitate the implementation of environmentally sound practices. However, making decisions based on sustainability can have problematic financial, operational, or even ethical implications. Sustainability programs can fail when stakeholders have different perspectives, there are barriers to change, or supply chain contributors engage in unethical practices. This course reviews how to implement simple sustainability practices, investigates major areas of concern when applying those practices, and explores how to develop long-term sustainability goals. Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Clarify responsibility and the definition of “sustainability” to establish a framework for a sustainability program
  • Develop a sustainability plan by identifying important aspects of a sustainability program and determining strategies for overcoming obstacles

  • Develop a sustainability plan to market achievements and mitigate risks

  • Develop training and communications plans to minimize risks to sustainability plans

  • Implement a sustainability plan while keeping stakeholders engaged

Intended Audience

This certificate is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:

  • Senior-level public procurement professionals and senior-level central warehouse professionals who already have an in-depth knowledge of public procurement and handle or manage high-level, complex procurements for their respective entities.  

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created entities) who direct procurement operations and establish procurement policies.

Delivery Formats Available

Virtual Instructor-Led

In Person

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Contact Hours





1 1/2 Days



Designed for procurement professionals that have management responsibilities or are aspiring managers.

Competency Alignments

NIGP’s Specialization Certificates require a strong foundation in the Public Procurement Competency Framework and are designed to be more advanced learnings.

Available in these learning formats...

 Virtual Instructor-Led

This format combines the best of in-person learning by offering live participation with instructors and peers.


Instructor led discussion style classroom setting for those who prefer focused learning with maximum in-person interactions with instructors and peers.

1 1/2 Day Course

Includes pre-class assignments at least one week in advance of the course and post-class follow up within one week.

Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete the Specialization Certificate, learners must:

  • Complete any pre-work materials provided prior to the course start date.
  • Attend and participate in the entirety of the instructional event.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.