Professional Learning

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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.

Fall 2020 Offerings

Box with text: "COVID-19: From Recovery to Resilience, October 2020 with experts from the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP)" with symbol of face wearing mask in light grey

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused all aspects of our lives to be uprooted and we need to think critically about our long-term response. This workshop will focus on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery challenges facing the United States today. It will prepare participants with a strong understanding of how we can design a systemic and resilient approach to public health disasters as well as natural and human-made disasters of the present and future.

Box with text: "UN Climate Negotiations: Why is a Deal So Elusive? November 2020 with experts fro the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)" with image of globe outline in light grey

Learn about the history and purpose of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) and the process for making progress from experts who have been part of these historic negotiations. Participants will learn about and discuss major topics debated at key negotiation sessions, landmark negotiations (e.g. Kyoto, Copenhagen, and Paris) and their impacts, and what has succeeded and failed at these negotiations. 

September Info Session: Hear directly from the instructors and learn more about our fall 2020 offerings

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.

Fall 2020 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. 

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

Please inquire about these rates at 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 ( 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