Certificates in Sustainability

In addition to our MBA programs, BGI awards certificates for graduate credit. These include both a fundamentals of sustainable business program and industry focused programs. Our certificates vary by year. They delve deep into the unique opportunities and challenges in sustainability in some of the core industry sectors that are changing business for good.

Energy Solutions

There are few sectors as dynamic and critical to our society as the energy industry. It supports the economy, enables advanced health care, information technologies and makes cheap transportation possible. Yet its complexities create risks that are hardly ever considered or discussed during critical business decision-making processes. This four-quarter, one-year graduate certification series will expose a student to the energy system and examine how energy-related issues weave themselves through the fabric of our society.

Making an impact in leading edge industries

Energy Solutions


The program is taught by Jimmy Jia, CEO of Distributed Energy Management. An entrepreneur, Jimmy helps business owners manage a strategic utility budget that shifts wasted energy expenditures into business improvement projects. He is an engineer with degrees from MIT and an MBA from Oxford’s Said Business School. He is Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest and is a frequent speaker on the Smart Grid.

The class features many experts representing different industries. Past guests include: Amory Lovins, Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Commissioner Jeffrey Goltz, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, Eddy Isaac, CEO Innovate Canada, Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability), Steven Tobias, Director of Strategy, National Grid, Michael Pesin, Technical Advisor, Seattle City Light, Mark Laughter, Nuclear Safeguards Inspector at IAEA

Who can benefit

The course is designed for the student who is trying to make a difference in the energy sector. Energy touches all business decisions, whether a real estate professional looking at lowering the impact of their properties, to a pharmaceutical company looking at better managing their energy risk exposure, to a solar entrepreneur enabling renewable energy. We will pay close attention to new areas where there are opportunities to fill and problems that have yet to be addressed.

This is a yearlong program designed for working professionals seeking to enhance their career path in the sustainable energy management arena. This series provides an overview of the terms, concepts, the technologies and the framework needed to take a concept or idea for a new venture through the final steps to making the “pitch” in the sustainable energy marketplace.   You will leave this program with hard financial skills, a strong network, a clear understanding of the process to get projects off the ground, and the confidence to ask the right questions, gather the right information, and make confident decisions.

Expected results

By the end of the program, students will have a comprehensive knowledge of how to implement energy solutions with a wide range of tools. Students will study how the financial system funds the infrastructure, the electric system supports the economy and governments try to manage the public interest. We will look at the full scope of challenges, covering generation, transmission, consumption and pollution. We study the major stakeholders in the energy equation, namely utilities, companies, governments, and individuals. We learn how simple decisions in any business can have profound impacts on the wider system.

Academic Calendar 2014-2015


2014 – 2015


Sep 29–Dec 12


Jan 5–Mar 20


Mar 30–Jun 12


Jun 22–Sep 11

Registration Due Aug 19 Nov 18 Feb 17 May 12
Tuition Due Sep 2 Dec 2 Mar 3 May 26
Quarter Begins Sep 29 Jan 5 Mar 30 Jun 22
Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund Oct 3 Jan 9 Apr 3 Jun 26
First Intensive Oct 11 Jan 17 Apr 11
Schedule Adjustment – Last Day to Drop with 75% Refund Oct 14 Jan 20 Apr 14 Jul 7
Last Day to Drop with 50% Refund Oct 28 Feb 3 Apr 28 Jul 21
Second Intensive Nov 8 Feb 14 May 9
Third Intensive Dec 6 Mar 14 Jun 6
Finals Period Dec 8-12 Mar 16-20 Jun 8-12 Sep 7-11
Quarter Ends Dec 12 Mar 20 Jun 12 Sep 11
Grades Due & Posted Dec 19 Mar 27 Jun 19 Sep 18
Commencement Jun 7

* Summer Break: July 27–Aug 7, 2014 (two weeks)


  • Labor Day 2014: September 1, 2014
  • Thanksgiving: November 27-28, 2014
  • Winter Holiday: December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015
  • Martin Luther King Day: January 19, 2015
  • President’s Day: February 16, 2015
  • Memorial Day: May 25, 2015
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2015
  • Labor Day 2015: September 7, 2015

Academic Calendar 2015-2016


New Student Orientation, September 26, 2015, Seattle Learning Center, Pioneer Square.

2015-2016 FallSep 28–Dec 18 WinterJan 4–Mar 18 SpringApr 4–Jun 10 Summer*Jun 27–Sep 16
Registration Due Aug 4 Nov 3 Feb 9 May 17
Tuition Due Sep 1 Dec 1 Mar 8 May 31
Quarter Begins Sep 28 Jan 4 Apr 4 Jun 27
Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund Oct 2 Jan 8 Apr 8 Jul 1
First Intensive Oct 10 Jan 16 Apr 16
Schedule Adjustment – Last Day to Drop with 75% Refund Oct 13 Jan 19 Apr 19 Jul 12
Last Day to Drop with 50% Refund Oct 27 Feb 2 May 3 Jul 26
Second Intensive Nov 14 Feb 13 May 7
Third Intensive Dec 12 Mar 12 Jun 4
Quarter Ends Dec 18 Mar 18 Jun 10 Sep 16
Grades Due & Posted Dec 30 Mar 25 Jun 17 Sep 23

COMMENCEMENT: Sunday, June 5, 2016

* Summer Break: Aug 1-12, 2016 (two weeks)


  • Labor Day 2015: September 7, 2016
  • Thanksgiving: November 26-27, 2015
  • Winter Holiday: December 24, 2015 through January 1, 2016
  • Martin Luther King Day: January 18, 2016
  • President’s Day: February 15, 2016
  • Memorial Day: May 30, 2016
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2016
  • Labor Day 2016 September 5, 2016

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