Recycling and Resource Management Certificate 

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RRM Certificates Requirements

Departmental Certificate (12 Units)

  • RRM 1, Introduction to Recycling and Resource Management (3 units)
    Learn general terminology, history and principles regarding waste, recycling, composting, resource management and Zero Waste. An overview of national, state, and local legislation as well as waste diversion practices such as reduce, reuse, recycle, recovery, remanufacturing and repurchasing.

  • RRM 2, Culture and Zero Waste(3 units)
    Provides an overview of our “throw-away” culture and the motivations behind consumerism and related waste disposal practices. Key issues include carbon footprint, disposable plastics, consumer laws and cultural mindsets. Learn to identify key government agencies and policies and how to collaborate and obtain funding for outreach as well as environmental educational skills, programs, and methods.

  • RRM 3, Resource Management and Zero Waste for Communities (3 units)
    Learn to identify how policies and programs are developed within a community, types of planning and facilities, financing options, and how to develop zero waste plans and goals. Discover tools for local government, best practices for contracts, enforcement options, designing recovery parks, performance reporting and financial records, Extended Producer Responsibility, bans, rules and incentives.

  • RRM 4, Resource Management and Zero Waste in Business(3 units)
    Receive hands-on applications and tools to design, implement and oversee business waste reduction and resource management programs. Review best practices, case studies of triple bottom line business practices. This course will also provide students with an understanding of how to plan and implement commercial food and organics programs.

State-approved, Certificate of Achievement – 18 units

  • RRM 1: Intro to Recycling & Resource Mgmt (3 units)

  • RRM 2: The Culture of Zero Waste (3 units)

  • RRM 3: Zero Waste for Communities (3 units)

  • RRM 4: Zero Waste for Businesses (3 units)

And two of these:

  • Geo 7/Enviro 7: Intro to Environmental Studies (3 units)

  • Pol Sc 22 / Env 22: Environmental Politics (3 units)

  • Psych 40 / Env 40: Environmental Psychology (3 units)

  • Philo 20 / Env 20: Environmental Ethics (3 units)

  • BIO 9 (3 units)

  • [COUN 16 & COUN 90B] (3 units)

  • COUN 90C (3 units) ​​

Industry Job Options​

  • Recycling coordinator

  • Sustainability coordinator

  • Waste hauler sales rep, outreach rep

  • Zero-waste events specialist​

Goals of the Program

  1. Students will identify how Zero Waste principles can be a key part of community and business sustainability plans and help contribute to reducing greenhouse gases which affect global climate change.

  2. Students will identify key government agencies and policies and how to collaborate and obtain funding for outreach. Environmental educational skills, programs, and methods will be reviewed.

  3. Students will have the tools to design and develop community plans to eliminate waste and use resources efficiently through examining resource management and recovery in communities.

  4. Students will recognize and identify sustainable practices and resource management principles to provide implementation of those principles for businesses to work towards Zero Waste.

  5. Students will assess how companies have resolved issues that arise in implementing successful waste diversion and resource recovery programs.

About the Program

As more cities and businesses develop sustainability and zero-waste policies, there is an increased need for trained staff that can properly manage organizational resources and initiate programs. The Recycling and Resource Management Certificate provides the practical skills and theoretical frameworks to help individuals, communities, and businesses reduce their waste, save money, and operate more efficiently. Whether you are interested in a new career in the green jobs sector or just want to bring an environmental competitive edge to a traditional position, such as marketing or facilities management, this program will give you the formal training.

How to Get Started on ​Your Certificate

  1. Apply as a New or Returning Student. You will need information such as social security number or a valid Tax Identification Number, educational history, residence information and more.

    Note: Remember to fill out the FAFSA if you need financial assistance.​

  2. ​​​​​​​​Fill out the application. Under Major Field of Study, choose: Solar Photovoltaic Installation. 

  3. You will need to take the Online Orientation using your new student ID # and password (date of birth: mmddyy). You do not need to take assessment tests.

  4. Plan your classes in MyEdPlan or see a counselor to discuss your academic plans. 

  5. Enroll in classes on Corsair Connect you received by email from finishing the application. 

    1. ​Click on Enrollment Services.

    2. Select the semester you wish to take classe​s.

    3. Click Add a Class in the left navigation. 

    4. Find your class by clicking Search ​for Classes​, select the Enrollment Semester, and choose PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS as the Field of Study. You can also browse classes in the Schedule of Classes.

    5. Input the section #​s

    6. Pay fees under ​Fees Online in the left navigation or visit the Bursar's Office to pay in person. View Fee information for details.​​​

  6. ​Attend an orientation to get ready for your certificate program. You will receive an invitation email after you've enrolled in class on orientation details.

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