Academic Certificate

Sustainable Cooperative Development

Build sustainable, community-invested cooperatives

Contact and location

Credits & Duration

  • 16 credits
  • 3 quarters


  • Online - synchronous

Start Term

  • Fall


  • Varies by course - see catalog

What You'll Learn

This three-course certificate will introduce you to the history of the cooperative movement and will provide foundational skills required to build a successful socially and environmentally sustainable, community-invested cooperative. 

In this certificate you’ll learn how to: 

  • Develop a business plan for a sustainable cooperative enterprise that prioritizes people, planet and profit
  • Be a partner and ally for an inclusive, equitable economy 
  • Start a cooperative enterprise, including recruiting members   
  • Work and communicate effectively in a democratically structured team    

This certificate is offered in partnership by Evergreen’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Transformational Change and the Northwest Cooperative Development Center.

Learn more about the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Transformational Change

Certificate Coursework

This certificate consists of 16 undergraduate credits.

Introduction to Sustainability and Business - Fall quarter, 4 credits
Introduction and History of Cooperatives - Winter quarter, 4 credits
Cooperative Development Lab - Spring quarter, 8 credits

Spring quarter will require additional 1 hour weekly evening meetings at a date and time to be determined by the cohort.

Learn more about courses in the Academic Catalog