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Santa Monica College is, once again, offering free online sustainability certificates 

This summer, Santa Monica College will be offering two, free Non-Credit Sustainability certificates: Sustainability in Organics Aide, and Sustainability Assistant. All sections are flexible and will be taught primarily through canvas and other learning platforms that are flexible to diverse student schedules. Zoom meetings will be scheduled for guest speaker presentations. 

The Sustainability in Organics Aide classes will teach you the goals of a sustainable food system, ways of reducing food waste, and how to implement an organics collection program in the home, workplace, and community. 

In the Sustainability Assistant program, you will be introduced to the functional areas of sustainability and their role in the public–private policy development and implementation. 

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