Professional Learning

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and all the topics that were discussed, and was especially impressed by the depth of knowledge and range of perspectives among the speakers and facilitators. I learned something new each session and it is an opportunity you don’t get every day.”
- Fall 2020 Workshop Participant

The Professional Learning program is meant for working professionals and adult learners who want to develop new skills and explore new topics to further job-related interests, without the long-term commitment of a degree program.

These offerings will help participants develop an understanding of climate and sustainability challenges through the expertise of Columbia researchers.

The programs cover a range of cutting-edge and applicable science in a flexible workshop format, where participants will also have an opportunity to network with other professional learners.

Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of participation from the Earth Institute, Columbia University.

Spring 2021

Blue outlined box with image of globe and text "Climate Foundations with experts from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)"

Tuesdays March - April 2021 | Join us for a climate foundations workshop to learn about how the climate system works and why it varies over time and space. Come learn the scientific principles behind Earth’s climate, how our understanding has evolved in recent decades, and what is currently possible for anticipating future climate.

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Wednesdays April - May 2021 | This workshop will explore how local leaders around the world are remaking cities and landscapes as they face the challenges of climate change, rapid urbanization, and systemic inequity. In a series of interactive sessions, we will explore these issues on the ground in various real locations, and imagine and evaluate potential policies and projects that could strengthen the resilience of communities and ecosystems.

About Our Programs

The schedule of the sessions are flexible. Participants will receive 15 hours of instruction for each workshop, with additional time for independent reading and reflection. Due to COVID-19, all offerings are currently online. Stay tuned for information about in-person offerings in the future.

Any person over the age of 18 is eligible to sign up for the professional learning program.

Fees are currently discounted at $1,199.99 per offering (normally $1,499.99).

Reduced rates are available for:

Government, Nonprofit (10%): Valid for individuals who work at nonprofit or government organizations. 

Student, Postdoc, Trainee, or Former Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) participant (20%): Valid for any active student, postdoc, trainee, and for former EICES executive education participants.

Columbia affiliates (30%): Valid for any current CU employee or CU alum.

Please inquire about these rates at [email protected]. Documentation will be required to prove eligibility for reduced rate categories.

Prerequisites will vary depending on the offering. All offerings are currently only offered in English language.

Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us ([email protected]) at least 10 days in advance of the start date.

Please review the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website for more information on the Earth Institute's commitment and important resources.

For questions, comments or feedback, please email [email protected].