Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes

Build A Better Practice. Design a Better World.

The field of landscape design is growing and evolving to meet today's challenges and tomorrow's world.

The very best designers combine an understanding of ecosystem functions with the power of a beautiful aesthetic. They offer creative, environmentally-responsible design solutions that achieve their clients’ goals and satisfy state and local regulations.

GW’s Sustainable Landscapes program will allow you to build your practice with the latest knowledge and sustainable design skills: urban ecology, stormwater management, soil conservation, native plants and urban food production.

The program is designed for Landscape and Allied Professionals:

  • Public Garden curators
  • Grounds managers
  • Natural resource managers
  • Watershed stewards
  • Planners
  • Green industry Architects and designers
  • Entrepreneurs and more...

I started the GW Masters program in Landscape Design/Sustainable Landscapes as I was preparing to retire from my Federal career. I expected to gain knowledge from the program but, in reality, what I received was so much more. After completing the program I felt as if my career path was ‘re-booted’. I gained a fresh perspective on my profession, my passion, and my career.”

- Alex Belano, Landscape Designer

Read what other past students thought of the program.

Take Your Career to the Next Level — Gain the knowledge that will put you in demand and allow you to outshine the competition. Sustainable design principles promote business practices that are good for your clients, good for the bottom line and good for the environment.

Expand Your Technical Skills — The challenges of energy efficiency, climate change and water quality are coupled with increasingly complex rules and regulations. Learn how to navigate these challenges confidently and competently.

Learn from Experts in Sustainability and Design — Our expert faculty of practicing professionals bring a wealth of current, real-world knowledge to the classroom.

Gain a Transformative Experience — The program fosters a collaborative learning environment. A hands-on participatory approach to learning is fostered in studio, in the field and online.

Designed for Working Adults — Classes only meet 2-3 weekends per semester in combination with online coursework, allowing students to maintain their professional schedules. Classes held at GW's Graduate Education Center, Arlington, VA.

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A Stackable Credential

Combine this certificate with the Landscape Design Graduate Certificate to earn a Master of Professional Studies in Landscape Design.

Please visit the following links for information on the master's program at the Arlington location.

Or combine this certificate with the Graduate Certificate in Urban Sustainability along with four core planning courses to earn the Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Urban Planning.

Program Contacts

Senior Marketing and Recruitment Specialist
Mona Yep
(703) 299-0199

Program Director
Lauren Wheeler, LEED AP
(703) 248-6060