Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy

The heat of the Sun, arriving in the form of visible light, has the ability to penetrate solid or liquid substances, but loses this ability almost completely when it is converted, by its interaction with the terrestrial body, into dark radiant heat.

- Joseph Fourier

The Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy is tailored to students seeking a credential in the field but who are not in need of a complete master’s degree. The certificate consists of six courses - a sequence of four required courses (PSUS 6221, PSUS 6222, PSUS 6224, PSUS 6231) plus two more. The purpose of electives is to facilitate flexibility by enabling students to fine-tune their study and engage with the broader Sustainable Urban Planning Program.

The required classes are:

  • PSUS 6221  Planning Resilient and Low-carbon Cities (3 credits)
  • PSUS 6222  Sustainable Building: Energy Demand, Efficiency, and Supply (3 credits)
  • PSUS 6224  Sustainable Energy for Cities and the Environment (3 credits)
  • PSUS 6231  The Scientific Basis of Climate Change (3 credits)

Two elective courses round out the Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy - these additional courses may be fulfilled by any of the courses in the Sustainable Urban Planning Program.

This certificate can be combined with the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Planning and four Core Planning Courses to earn a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Sustainable Urban Planning.

Find out more information about our graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information.

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气候变化管理与政策的学位认证是给那些想在该领域获得专业证书又不需要完成全部硕士课程的同学提供的。 该认证包含了6门课程——4门顺次必修课程(PSUS 6221,PSUS 6222,PSUS 6224,PSUS 6231)和两门选修课。选修课的目的是通过微调学生的学习从而增加灵活性,也为进一步参与到完整的可持续城市规划项目做准备


  • PSUS 6221  弹性规划与低碳城市
  • PSUS 6222  可持续建筑:能源需求、效率与供给
  • PSUS 6224  城市与环境的可持续能源
  • PSUS 6231  气候变化的科学依据



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Sustainable Urban Planning Program Contacts

Program Representative
Jim Miller
(571) 553-0142

Program Director
John Carruthers, Ph.D.

(202) 994-8353