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Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning & Livable Communities

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Develop Sustainable Solutions to Transportation Challenges

With more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas, creating smart, effective transportation systems is a vital priority for society. Moving people and goods efficiently is essential to a thriving economy and a significant factor in protecting the environment and improving quality of life in communities of all sizes.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the critical issues surrounding the planning and development of sustainable transportation systems. We’ll review policies and programs that promote alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle, including mixed use development and increased population density. You’ll study the environmental impact of different transportation options and investigate the legal and governmental factors involved in sustainable transportation policy.


  • How transportation planning affects livability and sustainability
  • The specifics of capacity analysis, supply management and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Important transportation planning tools and how they are used at the site, city, region and state levels
  • Design and planning considerations related to sprawl and compact cities, energy use, transit-oriented communities, and mixed-use and mixed-income development
  • Supply chain principles and major freight modes, including trucks, trains, ships, barges and pipelines



Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time.

Who should attend

Professionals who work on transportation and sustainability issues, along with those who want to enter the field.


Ryan Avery is an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a senior transportation engineer at the firm WSP |Parsons Brinckerhoff. He worked on the Sound Transit 2 program and the Alaskan Way Viaduct project, and he has international experience wi...
Alon Bassok is an affiliate assistant professor in the UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a transportation and urban planning consultant. His main focus is on real estate and sustainable transportation. Bassok previously worked for the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies ...
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