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Apply for *NEW* Executive Course in Energy and Sustainability

The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC)
of the Earth Institute is pleased to announce a new course in Energy and Sustainability!

CERC is in its sixteenth year of executive and professional education and we welcome you to join us in our goal of cultivating leadership to address the ecological challenges of the 21st century.

Our approach continues to weave together courses that are emblematic of the solid science research along with science application to real-world environmental and ecological concerns. In this way, our goal of advancing your understanding of today’s critical environmental problems and moving closer to their solutions is achieved.

CERC’s Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability consists of evening courses that provide you with an in-depth understanding of the science, economics, and policy issues of environmental sustainability:

– You may enroll in individual courses or pursue the full 12-course Certificate (which provides an official transcript form Columbia University and can be completed in a little as 9 months)

– Our schedule is tailored to fit your needs – courses meet once a week in the evenings and run for five weeks.

– Candidates from all professions and backgrounds can enroll.

CERC executive courses are taught by distinguished faculty and practitioners from both the public and private sectors.

Energy and Sustainability
Kathleen Callahan
Deputy Director for Research Management, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and Adjunct Lecturer in Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University

Thursdays, 6:10-8:40PM
September 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6

Energy and Sustainability examines the evolution of issues, attitudes, and policies surrounding energy production and use through time, and its relationship to sustainable living. It provides a critical examination of current trends in consumption, production, and potential future sources of energy. Technologies, philosophies and policy approaches are evaluated. The broad goal is to enable participants to ask new questions and derive innovative ideas and approaches to address this prominent global issue through readings, research, and discussion.

Kathleen Callahan has served in several capacities within Columbia University since 2006, as Adjunct Lecturer, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Executive Director and COO of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and currently as Deputy Director of Research Management at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Prior to this, Callahan had a 35-year career in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) having joined the agency at its start up in 1971 and eventually serving in multiple management and executive positions, including the senior executive responsible for the EPA Region 2 response to environmental impacts resulting from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Callahan has served on a number of national policy work groups on topics including human resource development, managerial excellence, and Superfund reauthorization. She is a recipient of EPA’s Award for Managerial Excellence and is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). In December 1996 and 2003 she received the SES Presidential Meritorious Executive Award. She is proud of her recognition by EPA’s Administrator Christine Todd Whitman of the Award for Excellence in response given to the many EPA employees who devoted untold hours of work and expertise in the national response and recovery effort from the attacks of September 11, 2001 on the U. S. Callahan has a growing passion for understanding and addressing issues of integral living and sustainability.

Interested in learning more? Visit our website
Contact CERC for more information: or 212-854-0149.

This course is part of CERC’s Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability . Courses may be taken on an individual basis or you may pursue the full 12-course Certificate.

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