Executive Education Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability

Columbia University

Year Founded: Jan. 1, 2000
Date Posted: Jan. 5, 2017
Submitted by: Tiff van Huysen
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Professional or Continuing Education Certificate/Diploma
Completion: 9 months to 3 years
Distance: Both
Commitment: Part-Time


The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) Executive Education Program allows professionals from all sectors to gain knowledge and tools to make sound decisions about business activities and policy practices that impact the environment. Courses are taught by Columbia University professors, researchers from the Consortium for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), adjunct faculty, and current practitioners from both the public and private sectors. Their breadth of experience and diverse set of perspectives allow the Executive Education Program curriculum to reflect scientific expertise and current hands-on approaches to environmental sustainability. As a platform for integrated and holistic thinking on the interconnectedness of nature’s systems, the Executive Education Program offers the unique opportunity to address complex environmental issues and to arrive at implementable and measurable solutions.

This program is designed for working professionals: No previous coursework or scientific knowledge is required. Evening classes are held from 6:10 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. at Columbia University in New York City as well as online via the EICES Distance Learning Program. Optional weekend field courses are also offered. Classes meet once a week for five weeks (10 hours total per course) unless unless otherwise noted. Courses may be taken on an individual basis or toward completion of the 12-course Executive Education Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability. The full program may be completed in as little as nine months. Students receive an official transcript from Columbia University. Rolling admissions – you may apply any time.

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