Columbia Climate School’s Non-Degree Offerings for Fall 2021
The Columbia Climate School is excited to be back for fall 2021 with our non-degree workshop offerings under professional learning and pre-college opportunities. These workshops will allow learners to personally engage with leading scientists in the field, understand the science behind the headlines, and accelerate individual educational and career goals. Fall 2021 sessions will continue to be remote.
All non-degree program sessions will be delivered in small groups so that participants can receive targeted instruction and network with faculty and peers. All programming will be taught by world-renowned Columbia Climate School faculty, researchers, and practitioners who are experts in their field. Our non-degree programs offer the same level of rigor and quality as our degree programs, allowing us to deliver high-caliber material to you on a flexible schedule no matter where you are in the world. All learners receive a certificate of participation from the Columbia Climate School.
Our professional learning offerings provide working professionals and adult learners with the knowledge and skills needed to further job-related interests and careers across a variety of subjects. This program is for you if: you work in a climate or sustainability oriented career and want to gain new skills to enhance your current role; you want to explore a career shift into this area; or if you are simply a lifelong learner seeking new knowledge and experiences. For fall 2021, we are offering the following sessions:
- Collaborative Conservation: Strategies for Biodiversity – Join Dr. Joshua Fisher for a workshop that will explore strategies that can be deployed to enable collaborative biodiversity conservation in response to increasing threats to biodiversity and ecosystem health. The workshop will provide an overview of global conservation efforts and introduce frameworks for generating more collaborative action among diverse stakeholders.
- Harnessing Capital for Climate Solutions: Science, Sustainability, and ESG – Join Dr. Arthur Lerner-Lam for a session that will explore the linkages between climate science and sustainable investing. Participants will better understand how basic research in climate and the environment can be used to provide a framework for capital allocation decisions and how the goals of economic development and growth intersect with notions of global sustainability.
Our pre-college offerings are for high school students in grades 9-12 who are interested in extending their learning beyond the classroom and sharpening their knowledge and skills in the areas of climate change and sustainability. Whether you are a budding climate change activist, or a maker who loves to tinker with new tools and technologies, we will have something for you. Through interactive and hands-on minds-on learning, our pre-college programs will help participants build important skills such as critical thinking and problem solving in a collaborative learning environment with peers. Our programs will take science learning beyond the textbook and allow students to see and experience science in the real world. For fall 2021, we are offering the following session:
- Climate, Communities, and Decision-Making – Join Sophia Rhee for a workshop that will allow young learners to expand their understanding of climatic hazards and social vulnerabilities, and provide them with concrete examples and strategies for risk reduction. Participants will delve into a climate risk of their choice through a hands-on practical and gain skills around quantitative and qualitative data sources, as well as better understand how planning decisions are made using climate information.
We will be hosting information sessions with all the instructors for these offerings in the upcoming weeks, so please join us. This is a great opportunity to hear about each workshop directly from the instructor.