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.
“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.