Green Classes, Green Careers

Edmonds Community College offers a variety of great programs to help you get started in a green career. You can earn a degree, transfer credits to a four-year college, or quickly spiff up your resume and get ahead by enrolling in a certificate program. Our classes and degrees teach environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable practices. We’re preparing students for green-collar jobs.

Careers include: Carpenter | Commercial Lighting Auditor | Construction Foreman | Ecotourism Consultant | Energy Efficiency Technician | Green Builder | Green Event Planner | Nursery/Greenhouse Grower | Occupational Safety and Health Technician | Restoration Horticulturist | Sustainable Urban Farmer

Get Ready for Green Jobs!
Earn a Degree or Certificate.

Construction Industry Training |

Go green and get the sustainable construction skills you need! Classes cover the latest methods and materials of green building skills and energy efficiency using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on projects. Call 425.640.1827.

Construction Management|

The largest number of green jobs in Washington state are in construction. Accredited by the American Council for Construction Education, this program is designed for people who are presently employed or have previous experience in construction. Call 425.640.1026.

Energy Management |

Power our region toward energy independence and sustainability. Make a difference in the green economy with energy efficiency and business and project management skills. Call 425.640.1095.

Event Planning |

Green event planning is an industry trend. Learn the practical and theoretical aspects of event and meeting management, including best practices in research, design, planning, coordination, promotion, risk management, and sustainability of meetings and events. Call 425.640.1137.

Horticulture |

If you enjoy working outdoors, growing plants, and repairing damaged land and habitat, watch your opportunities bloom with an education in horticulture. Gain the knowledge and skills to create green spaces using sustainable methods and techniques. Call 425.640.1739.

Hospitality and Tourism|

Learn the latest green ideas in hospitality and tourism. Trends in the industry include ecotourism and sustainable/green best practices in hotels and travel businesses. Call 425.640.1208.

Occupational Safety and Health |

Occupational health and safety professionals are needed in every business and industry. These specialists work with management teams to design safety programs and training. Call 425.640.1843.

Get Ready for Green Jobs! Take a Class.

These are just some of the classes offered at Edmonds Community College.


Human Ecology – ANTH 201, 202, and 203
Help tribes, governments, and non-profits make fishing, farming, and forestry more sustainable while studying relationships between people and ecosystems. These classes make up the Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) school.


Ecosystem Ecology of Western Washington — BIOL 105
Explore the ecology of our terrestrial ecosystems and our impacts on them, while learning to recognize common land animals and plants and how they live.

Business Management

Sustainable Business Practices — MGMT 110
Study business practices that measure success based on profitability, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Construction Industry Training

Green Building – CIT 155
Learn to navigate the maze of choices about constructing greener buildings. Work up a list of underlying green principles, set up a decision matrix, and then assess both specific and entire building choices. Examine rating systems like LEEDS and Built Green.

Construction Management

LEED for Construction Management — CONST 155
Get an overview of green building programs and certifications. Focus on managing LEED implementation on construction job sites.

Culinary Arts

Sustainable Foodservice — CLART 208
Introduction to general concepts of sustainability in the food service industry; focus will include food production, agriculture, animal husbandry, commercial fishing, procurement and waste.

Emergency Management and Business Continuity

Hazard Analysis and Mitigation — EMER 110
Hazard awareness and analysis, disaster preparedness and mitigation strategies, and creation of an emergency response plan, including awareness and outreach.

Energy Management

Introduction to Sustainability – ENRGY 105
Explore and define sustainability. Understand carbon footprints and greenhouse gas inventories. Review major energy systems impacting sustainability, including buildings and transportation, with an emphasis on tools to measure sustainability.

Energy Efficiency: Design/Construction/Retrofit- ENRGY 120
Learn about design strategies and innovations for new construction as well as elements of retrofitting an existing building. Examine heating, cooling, water heating equipment, lighting, appliances, and electronics.


English Composition – ENGL& 101
Earn your English requirement by reading natural history essays, writing about local sustainability topics, attending Earth month events, and doing service-learning with local non-profit environmental organizations. (Look for sections taught by Holly Hughes.)

Event Planning

Sustainable/Green Events — EVPL245
Learn sustainable practices that promote environmentally responsible decisions in event planning.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science 100
A combination of information from biology, chemistry, physics, and geology that stresses a scientific approach toward understanding the nature and scope of current environmental issues.


Sustainable Development — GEOG 150
Learn about issues in sustainability around the world. How can we efficiently use natural resources today while at the same time preserve it for future generations?


Culinary Gardening — HORT 255
Plant, cultivate, harvest and prepare vegetables and herbs as fresh produce and select commodities incorporating sustainable practice.

Native Plants in the Landscape — HORT 207
Identify principal native plant communities of Washington State.

Pacific Northwest Land and Water Issues - HORT 249
Introduction to land and water resource use, conflicts, and resource management issues in the Pacific Northwest.

Introduction to Restoration Ecology — HORT 250
Introduction to the basic tenets of restoration ecology with a focus on the revegetation and repair of degraded and abandoned land as well as mitigating urbanization.

Hospitality and Tourism

Ecotourism — HSPTR 220
Learn how business and government tourism enterprises are investing in ecotourism and sustainability and focus on the impacts of tourism on indigenous cultures and eco-systems

Sustainability at Edmonds CC

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