Linking Sustainability and Happiness Certification
The ISQOLS Certification in Linking Sustainability and Happiness allows participants to consider the connections between sustainability and happiness through the exploration of related research, practices, and personal reflection. Participants will have the opportunity to receive a certification confirming their ability to draw life-enhancing links, conduct research, and facilitate practices at the intersection of sustainability and happiness. This certificate program is administered by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), a globally-recognized academic and professional association, with its own publications, journals, conferences, and identity, and the Management Institute for Quality-of-Life Studies (MIQOLS).Download Brochure Sign Up Now
The certification course includes:
Linking Sustainability and Happiness
Topics in this module include:
This certification program is aimed at:
A World-Renowned Instructor
Scott Cloutier (we/us/our) is an Assistant Professor and Senior Sustainability Scholar in the School of Sustainability and the College of the Global Futures. We founded and direct the Sustainability and Happiness Lab (Happy Lab), and the Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness™ (Happy Hoods) project, where our research interests center on understanding when sustainable outcomes and happiness coincide. Our work involves multi-year research, teaching and applied collaborations to regenerate human, more-than-human, and community sustainability. Scott has completed local and global projects, including, but not limited to, the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, Guatemala, Denmark, and on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.
Scott has degrees in civil, environmental, and environmental and biological engineering. We are also certified in and practice assets-based development, regenerative development, permaculture, natural building, applied shamanism, depth hypnosis, and the integrative healing arts. We are a military (USN) veteran, former college athlete, and a lifelong farmer and advocate for remembering humanity's connection to and reliance upon nature, ancestors, and the wisdom of more-than-human families. Thus, our applied research methods and practices are grounded in creative processes of attending, where researchers recognize aspects of co-being and co-becoming, and are radically open to feelings and messages, relating to the world and understanding ourselves in meaningful ways.
We now focus our efforts on supporting local community hubs that enhance the sustainability and happiness of their surrounding neighborhoods, members, and the land they are situated on. Our latest applied research is in three main areas: (1) regenerative practices that restore land, human and more-than-human individuals, and communities, (2) nature-based practices and tools, such as applied shamanism, that fulfill spiritual yearning, promote sustainability, and their relationship to self-actualization and flourishing, and (3) transcendent learning environments and outcomes.
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a semi-autonomous course. The course will be accompanied by a weekly online group meeting (1.5 hours each), where participants can discuss their experience with the material and address follow up questions with the instructor. The course includes 8 modules over eight weeks.
No. However, to make the most out of the material provided in this course, it is recommended that the applicants have at least some background in social sciences and rudimentary knowledge of population statistics.
ISQOLS can provide educational credit in terms of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the Sustainability and Wellbeing Certification Program. 1 CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours. The Sustainability and Wellbeing Certification Program involves an estimated 10 contact hours in total. This translates into 1 CEU. As such, the program provides 1 CEU.
Those interested in receiving the CEUs should provide enough information to their own educational institution about the ISQOLS certification program and their own institution would determine if they would accept these CEUs.
Many occupations require CEUs to stay licensed in their profession (planners, pollsters, survey researchers, public administrators, etc.). Those who wish to use the certification program for CEUs in meet continuing education requirements of their profession should contact their state/country licensing board and submit information about the course.
This certification is provided by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), a global organization with a mission to promote and encourage research in the field of quality-of-life (QOL), happiness, and wellbeing studies. ISQOLS has members all throughout positioned in academic institutions as well as stakeholder groups, and are well-respected for their contributions to QoL. As such, an official certification would be beneficial to anyone who wants to connect the concepts of sustainability and wellbeing in academic research projects, policy making, managerial decision-making, population statistics, and/or coaching and counseling.
The principal benefits you will obtain from the certification course are:
This course is administered by a renowned quality-of-life researcher, Scott Cloutier.