Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management & Policy

The field of sustainability in urban planning is a major growth opportunity. The rising demand for green redevelopment, watershed restoration, and sustainable construction means that the green collar sector will require substantial numbers of technically skilled leaders.

The George Washington University College of Professional Studies has the expertise, resources, and commitment to make you more competitive in the emerging field of Sustainable Urban Planing.

The six-course, 18 credit Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy offers instruction in technological approaches to solving key planning issues. It focuses on the technical side of sustainability; the building requirements, design demands, and energy technologies needed to create a sustainable urban area.

The Certificate is designed to provide returning students or mid-career professionals with valuable technological skills and entry-level students with an area of specialization in technology for sustainability.

The Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy will allow you to:

  • understand the various hardware and software approaches that address long-term quality of life issues, such as climate change, drinking water quality and waste water treatment, biodiversity, and restoration;
  • analyze the necessity for and complexities of green buildings, sustainable transportation alternatives, and production systems, including energy and natural resource-related technologies;
  • become a leader in a professional position with sustainability management and policy responsibilities.

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Combine this certificate with the Graduate Certificate in Urban Sustainability and four Core Planning Courses to earn a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Sustainable Urban Planning.