Program Overview:

Decision Making For Climate Change

Learn to understand the impact of climate change and make educated decisions about adapting to and minimizing its effects. Examine the causes and economics of climate change and explore possible responses and solutions. Analyze the financial, environmental and business aspects of minimization efforts.

Program Goals

Students who complete this program will be prepared to create and implement an effective response plan to climate change issues that will reduce environmental damage and give your organization a strategic and competitive edge.

Award Winning Program

The Certificate in Decision Making for Climate Change was honoured with a 2011 Program Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE).

Who Should Apply

Municipal, regional, state and federal officials, environmental planners and managers, corporate and utility managers and consultants

The program begins in September each year. Applications are accepted all year but must be submitted by August of that year to be considered . Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by August 31.

To apply, visit University of Washington's website.

Certificate Requirements

The four courses in this part-time certificate are delivered 100% online. Courses are approximately ten weeks in length (some include an additional orientation week), and we recommend progressing through the certificate with your cohort at the pace of one course per quarter, allowing you to complete the program in 12 months.

Each course is delivered by one of the four university partners. You should be prepared to spend six to ten hours per week completing learning activities, which may include lectures, videos, quizzes, readings, assignments, projects and asynchronous group discussions.

  • Climate Literacy—Begins September 17, 2014
    • Offered by University of British Columbia
  • Strategic Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change—Begins January 5, 2015
    • Offered by University of Washington
  • Framework for Strategic Leadership--Begins April 6, 2015
    • Offered by University of California, Irvine
  • Policy Responses and Options—Begins July 27, 2015
    • Offered by Northwestern University

Climate Change partners

Core Courses:

  • ENVR_POL 100-DL Policy Responses and Options