Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Aug. 29, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Columbia University
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Alison Miller
Deputy Executive Director
Earth Institute
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:

Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:

Percentage of continuing education courses that address sustainability:

A copy of the list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:
A list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

See attached course list.

Note on EICES program:
Courses in the EICES Executive Education program are taught by Columbia University professors and researchers from the Consortium for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) as well as adjunct faculty and current practitioners from both the public and private sectors. Their breadth of experience and diverse set of perspectives allow the Certificate 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 Certificate Program offers the unique opportunity to address complex environmental issues and to arrive implementable and measurable solutions. A course list with links to descriptions can be found in tab 3 of the course spreadsheet.

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program(s), including the year the program was created:

Yes, the EICES Executive Education Program includes (1) the certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability and (2) the Sustainable Food Systems track.

The Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability is awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete 12 courses (120 hours of instruction) in the program. Courses are five weeks long, typically meet one evening per week for two hours and may include weekend workshops. Additionally, there is also an opportunity to earn the certificate through distance learning in the virtual classroom. Participants are admitted into the Certificate Program on a competitive basis. Once enrolled, students must complete the coursework in as few as 9 months or up to 3 years. In 2016, the certificate program began offering a Sustainable Food Systems track to provide students a strong background in Agro-ecology.

There are also three certificate programs for academic credit: Certificate in Sustainability Analytics, Certificate in Sustainable Water Management, Certificate in Sustainable Finance, and Certificate in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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