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Professional Development Program in Environmental Sustainability

Each summer the Earth Institute's Professional Development Program in Environmental Sustainability for Secondary School Teachers brings graduate students, teachers and other professionals together with Columbia faculty to explore diverse ecosystems, conduct field research, and develop projects or project-based curricula. Through fieldwork, presentations and workshops, participants build a strong foundation in the principles of ecology, biodiversity, human dependence on natural resources, ecosystem services, and scientific inquiry and research design. Students can earn up to six Columbia University graduate credits in Human Ecology and Conservation Biology.

Professionals considering a career change and interested in understanding the theory and practice behind environmental sustainability, can test their long range plans with a summer snapshot through the Inquire Institute, receiving graduate credits in ecology that may then be applied towards their (current or future) graduate program.

Apply now for the 2013 Earth Institute’s Professional Development Program in Environmental Sustainability:

“Urban Ecosystems: Biodiversity, Water & Energy in NYC”

July 8 – 19, 2013

The Earth Institute’s Professional Development Program in Environmental Sustainability for Secondary School Teachers (formerly the Inquire Institute and Teacher Training Institute) provides graduate students in education and K-12 teachers the opportunity to create integrated units of curricula for their classrooms. For K-12 educators seeking certification in science, the courses meet the NY State Department of Education science certification requirements and can be applied to a Master’s degree or to the NYC “30 points above” program for salary increase.  For graduate students whose interests lie outside the classroom, an academic advisor guides the development of an ecologically-focused project specific to the each student’s discipline. Student research projects may address topics such as the value of biodiversity in both the natural and built urban landscape, the policy and practice of watershed management, or issues of eco-tourism and its impact on tropical ecosystems.

To find out more about the 2013 Professional Development Program “Urban Ecosystems: Biodiversity, Water & Energy in NYC”, as well as future course options, please visit Courses and Locations.