Sustainable Food Systems


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This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sustainable Food Systems curriculum is designed for students interested in participating in the creation of a sustainable food system either through becoming a food service worker or food service manager in a food service establishment dedicated to sustainability or through creating such an establishment as a food entrepreneur. Graduates will gain a foundational knowledge of the major distinctions, beyond simply being a local establishment, that make a food operation sustainable in nature. Courses will cover careers in food preparation laws and sanitation guidelines, basic principles, and techniques for sustainable cooking, managing the sustainable kitchen, and the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to the achievement of a truly sustainable food system. Foundational courses will equip students with the necessary hands-on skills for employment or self-employment in food service.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Sustainable Food Systems (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Admissions criteria



This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Demonstrate proficiency with food sanitation requirements. (FON104)
  • Implement sustainable kitchen practices and cooking techniques, including strategies for maximizing use of whole, local, seasonal, and nutrient-dense food. (FON104, FON135, FON163)
  • Implement basic garden-to-table food production and preparation skills. (FON104, FON135, FON163)
  • Employ food safety and sanitation guidelines. (FON104, FON135, FON163, FON165)
  • Apply the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind required in the range of careers available in sustainable food systems. (FON104, FON163, FON165)
  • Operationalize sustainable solutions to the problem of food waste. (FON135, FON163)
  • Describe the importance of equity, sustainability, and geographic location for food entrepreneurs and food service workers in a sustainable food system. (FON135, FON163, FON165)
  • Examine food entrepreneurship principles and processes. (FON163, FON165)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
FON104Certification in Food Service Safety and Sanitation1
FON135Sustainable Cooking3
FON163Sustainable Kitchen Practices3
FON165Sustainable Food Entrepreneurship3

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