Food and Sustainability
Online Certificate

A woman farming in an urban environment
Food and Sustainability Certificate Badge
Food and Sustainability Certificate Badge

“This course should be required for every human on the planet. The lectures are so well-crafted and packed with information while still being accessible to non-scientists like me.”

—Kimberly R., Course Graduate

Become a Food and Sustainability Expert

Food and Sustainability ties together timely and critically important issues related to the environmental impacts of food production, the effects on food justice, accessibility and international food systems, and the positive impact we can make every day with our food choices. You'll learn about important topics including:

  • The science behind a sustainable lifestyle
  • Understanding and mitigating food waste
  • The impact of global food production on the environment
  • New and sustainable approaches to agriculture
  • Community food systems and activism
  • Sustainable business practices
  • And much more

This course is a meaningful investment you can make right now—in yourself, your career, our communities, and the health of our growing world.



This first-of-its kind program was developed by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS). CNS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to increasing awareness of the extraordinary impact that food has on the health of our bodies, our communities, and our planet.

  • Course Overview
  • LENGTH:

    6 weeks
  • EFFORT:

    5-7 hrs/week
  • FORMAT:

    Instructor-led
  • ACCESS:

    24/7 online
  • PREREQUISITES:

    PREREQS:

    None
  • SCHEDULE:

    Self-paced
  • Learn more about our program

Whether you are intrigued by sustainable agriculture and potential careers in this field, seeking to deepen your understanding of the role of food systems in public health and global environmental change, or you simply want to learn more about where our food comes from, this program will provide you with an invaluable experience and education.

Whether you are intrigued by sustainable agriculture and potential careers in this field, seeking to deepen your understanding of the role of food systems in public health and global environmental change, or you simply want to learn more about where our food comes from, this program will provide you with an invaluable experience and education.

Over 15 nutrition, policy, public health, and environmental thought leaders will guide you through the main sectors of the food system—farming, economic, social, and environmental—and highlight the many interconnections between them. A few of the incredible thought leaders from the program:

T. Colin Campbell, PhD
T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Dr. Campbell is a Cornell University Professor Emeritus and world-renowned Nutritional Biochemist. He is a bestselling author of multiple books, including co-authoring The China Study. Several documentary films feature Dr. Campbell and his research, including the highly acclaimed Forks Over Knives.

Drew Harvell, PhD
Drew Harvell, PhD

Dr. Harvell is a professor at Cornell University. Her research on the hygiene subsidies of marine ecosystems and damage of marine plastics has taken her from the reefs of Mexico, Indonesia, and Hawaii to the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest and resulted in over 170 academic articles in journals such as Science, Nature, and Ecology.

Raj Patel, PhD
Raj Patel, PhD

Dr. Patel is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and academic. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.

Malik Yakini
Malik Yakini

Mr. Yakini is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates a seven-acre farm in Detroit. He served as Food and Community Fellow at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy from 2011-2013 and was a Business Alliance for Living Local Economies (BALLE) Localist Fellow from 2014-2015.

Bruce Monger, PhD
Bruce Monger, PhD

Dr. Monger is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. His research involves the use of satellite remote sensing methods to study environmental controls of ocean primary production at global scales. Dr. Monger received his BA from the University of Washington and his PhD from the University of Hawaii. He currently serves as a member of NASA's Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Science Team.

Emelie Peine, PhD
Emelie Peine, PhD

Dr. Peine is Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She earned her bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College and her Master's of Science and PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University.

Alizé Carrère, MSc
Alizé Carrère, MSc

Ms. Carrère is a National Geographic Explorer, filmmaker, and environmental anthropologist researching and documenting human adaptations to environmental change. Alizé is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Miami in Environmental Anthropology.

Jill Edwards, MS, CEP
Jill Edwards, MS, CEP

Ms. Edwards is the Director of Education for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She received her BA in Education from the University of Michigan and MS in Exercise Science from Oakland University.

Doug Gurian-Sherman, PhD
Doug Gurian-Sherman, PhD

Dr. Gurian-Sherman is a consultant on agriculture with Strategic Expansion and Training, LLC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He advises civil society coalitions, organizations, and others in the United States and internationally on issues of climate change and agriculture, pesticide alternatives, and genetic engineering. He holds PhD and MS degrees in plant pathology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in natural resources from the University of Michigan.

Dan Imhoff, MA
Dan Imhoff, MA

Mr. Imhoff has written for more than 25 years on topics related to ecological sustainability. Dan is the president and co-founder of Watershed Media as well as president and a co-founder of the Wild Farm Alliance, a national organization that works to promote agriculture systems that support and accommodate wild nature. He holds an MA in international relations from Syracuse University and a BA in international relations from Allegheny College.

Peter Lehner, Esq
Peter Lehner, Esq

Mr. Lehner is Managing Attorney of Earthjustice's Sustainable Food & Farming Program, developing strategies to promote a more environmentally sound agricultural system and to reduce health, environmental, and climate harms from production of our food. Peter holds an AB in philosophy and mathematics from Harvard College and is an honors graduate of Columbia University Law School.

David Montgomery, PhD
David Montgomery, PhD

Dr. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. An author of award-winning popular-science books, he has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs, including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered.

Claire O'Connor, JD
Claire O'Connor, JD

Dr. O'Connor is the Director of the Water & Agriculture, Water Division, Nature Program at the The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She focuses on the crucial relationship between water and agriculture, emphasizing solutions to water-resource challenges that will benefit both farmers and their non-farming neighbors. O'Connor is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Georgetown University Law Center.

David Simon, Esq
David Simon, Esq

Mr. Simon is the author of Meatonomics and a vegan lawyer, animal activist, and advocate for sustainable consumption. He serves on the advisory council of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and on the boards of Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL) and the APRL Fund. Dave received his BA from UC Berkeley and his JD from the University of Southern California.

Tristram Stuart
Tristram Stuart

Mr. Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner, and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.