Sage Scholars

The SAGE (Sustainability Awareness & Global Education) Scholars Program recognizes students who have completed courses with assignments focused on real world issues in the global society, world economy, and physical environment. 

Course are available in more than 20 subjects. For example, course subjects such as Arts, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Construction, English, Finance, Government, History, Logistics, Math, Psychology, and Speech Communications.

Students can add this graduation distinction to any associate degree available at North Lake College. SAGE Scholars Courses at North Lake College also transfer to the Sustainability Scholars Program at Mountain View College and the Green Cord Program at Cedar Valley College.

SAGE Requirements (beginning August 2017):

  • Any Associate Degree available at North Lake College
  • Earn a 'C' or better in 12.0 credit hours of approved SAGE courses AND instructors
  • At least 3.0 credits in each of the four areas: Global Citizenship, Sustainable Economy, Sustainable Environment, Sustainable Society
  • 20 volunteer hours during the student's career at NLC (as approved by SAGE Faculty Committee
SAGE Requirements (May 2017 Graduation):
  • Any Associate Degree available at North Lake College
  • Earn a 'C' or better in 15.0 credit hours of approved SAGE courses AND instructors
  • At least 3.0 credits in each of the three areas: Sustainable Economy, Sustainable Environment, Sustainable Society.
Download the list of Sage Courses and Professors (PDF), and review your options before you register for classes.

Complete the Sage Scholars Honor Completion Form (PDF) the semester you plan to graduate.

What is a Sage class?

A course qualifies when it includes topics and assignments focused on sustainability, and classroom practices reduce impact on the environment and our community.

Sustainability means meeting the needs of today's generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The three tenets of sustainability, or triple-bottom-line, are economy, environment, and society. There are over 80 green courses available for almost every associate degree program. Course subjects include arts, business, construction, liberal studies, logistics, mathematics, natural sciences and technology.
North Lake College "green" faculty pledge to go paperless and take other classroom steps to increase sustainable efforts on campus. 
Course availability varies by semester.  You can browse the Course Catalog for specific course offering in each semester.

Why should I be a Sage Scholar?

Receive a Green Cord for graduation to recognize your sustainability studies and science specialization.

Green jobs are available for almost every career – Business, Education, Engineering, Healthcare, Hospitality, Information Technology, Logistics, Public Administration, Retail Sales, Recycling, Research, Science Transportation, Waste Management and Water Resources, and many more.

Companies, Sports Teams, Schools, Government and Non-Profit Organizations offer green jobs. Salaries for green jobs start at $10.00/hour and can be as high as $250,000/year, depending on education and experience.
More than 35 colleges and universities in Texas offer “green” education programs
For more information about leading companies and organizations that practice sustainability, please visit the ‘Sustainability Consortium’, Retail Industry Leadership Association Sustainability’, or ‘Triple Bottom Line’

How do I become a Sage Scholar?

Complete 15 college credit hours of "green" courses with a "C" or better and graduate with an Associate Degree at North Lake College in any field.

All courses transfer as core or elective to a 4-year college or university. Please see your academic advisor or the North Lake College Transfer Center for specific details. 
If you have additional questions about the Green Diploma, please contact the Sustainability Coordinator, Brandon Morton at or 972-273-3392.