Executive Education Program
The EICES Executive Education Program allows professionals from all sectors to gain the knowledge and tools to make sound decisions about business activities and policy practices that impact the environment. Courses 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 Executive Education 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 Executive Education Program offers the unique opportunity to address complex environmental issues and to arrive at implementable and measurable solutions.
This program is designed for working professionals:
- No previous coursework or scientific knowledge is required.
- Evening classes are held from 6:10 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. at Columbia University in New York City as well as online via the EICES Distance Learning Program.
- Optional weekend field courses are also offered.
- Classes meet once a week for five weeks (10 hours total per course) unless unless otherwise noted.
- Courses may be taken on an individual basis or toward completion of the 12-course Executive Education Program in Conservation & Environmental Sustainability.
- The full Program may be completed in as little as nine months.
- Students receive an official transcript from Columbia University.
- Rolling admissions – you may apply here at any time.
Spring 2018 Executive Education Courses:
Courses with an asterisk (*) are not available via distance learning
Courses with a caret (^) fall within the Sustainable Food Systems Track
SPRING BREAK: March 14 – 18
MODULE 1: January to February
- New! Environmental Entrepreneurship (Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13)
- New! Sustainable Investing (Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14)
- Introduction to Evolution (Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15)
MODULE 2: February to March
- Introduction to Ecology (Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 20, 27)
- New! Biodiversity and Mass Extinction: Understanding the Biosphere, Safe Planetary Boundaries, and Human Well-Being (Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28)
- Sustainability of Local Food Systems^ (Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 22, 29)
MODULE 3: April to May
- New! Food Systems: Certifications, Labels, and Measures of Sustainability^ (April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1)
- Introduction to Environmental Policy (April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2)
- Environmental Justice and Sustainability: Is Environmental Sustainability Possible Without Environmental Justice? (April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3)
MODULE 4: May to June
- New! Food Insecurity and Obesity: Why are They Common Bedfellows?^ (May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5)
- New! Renewable Energy and Deep Decarbonization (May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6)
- Forest Management and Conservation: Black Rock Forest* (Evening sessions on May 10 and 17 and an all-day field session at Black Rock Forest on May 12)
“I enrolled in the Earth Institute’s [Executive Education] Program because I wanted to make a career change into the environmental field. The coursework was very engaging and fulfilling – even as a distance student. The professors were incredible educators and they all were passionate about the subject matter. Not only did I gain great knowledge in the environmental & sustainability field through the Program, but it also gave me significant practical and applicable skills. I am very pleased to have found the Program and am honored to have benefited so greatly.”