EDUCATION

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development are some of the fastest growing fields in both education and employment. And, there are great universities in the US, such as UC Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, and Stanford, for example, providing extraordinary leadership in climate change. As the issues become more significant, this will become an increasingly important field to focus your career on.

In early 2018, as the interest in climate change education became ever more critical, over thirteen North American universities formed a coalition: University Climate Change Coalition, committing to work in close partnership with We Are Still In and America’s Pledge to help America’s climate leaders meet or exceed climate goals. 

There are numerous lists ranking the best universities in specific environmental fields already available: environment/ecologyenvironmental lawenvironmental policyenvironmental science, and agriculture.

For 13 years, Sierra Club’s magazine, Sierra has been ranking colleges judging who has the best sustainability-focused courses, eco-friendly cafeteria provisions, carbon-neutral land and energy policies, and opportunities to engage with the environmental movement. In 2020, a record 312 schools vied to be named the most eco-savvy in all of academia. Here are the top 20.

Students might game out a climate plan built at a community college in Santa Fe. Learn about it here and look here to see the game played.

For K-12 education and ways to take action in school, please see the YOUTH page.

New Jersey Becomes First U.S. State to Require Schools to Teach Climate Change

ONLINE COURSES

Climate Change Education

10/08/21
A large body of scientific information indicates that global climate change is unequivocal, almost certainly is caused mostly by human activities, is already causing significant harm, and as it continues, holds great risks for our…

Energy Within Environmental Constraints

10/08/21
Humanity faces an immense challenge: providing abundant energy to everyone without wrecking the planet. If we want a high-energy future while protecting the natural world for our children, we must consider the environmental consequences of…

Interactive Courses

08/16/21
WWF advocates environmentally-responsible approaches to climate change adaptation that bring benefits to both people and nature. WWF Adapt provides a wide range of learning tools that help conservation, development and humanitarian professionals better understand climate…

NON-PROFIT PROGRAMS

Fossil fuel setbacks rejected by California senate committee

08/06/20
Clean air advocates fall short in their bid to protect communities of color from fossil fuel extraction in urban areas.

Years of Living Dangerously: Education

06/11/19
The Years of Living Dangerously (YEARS) education website is where you will find climate smart educational resources and learning opportunities that correspond to the science and issues presented in the series.

Sunrise Summer + Fall Fellowship Application 2019

06/03/19
Earth and environmental science classes are changing. Long perceived as low-level courses with little to engage or challenge students, they are becoming vital, rich, invigorating courses. As more humans recognize that our planet's resources are…

Strategic Energy Innovations

01/07/19
Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), a nonprofit organization established in 1997, creates green communities by designing sustainability programs around the four key sectors that make up the foundation of all communities: education, housing, government, and the…

National Council for Science and The Environment

01/07/19
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to improve the scientific basis for environmental decision making. We convene diverse leaders in interdisciplinary research, education, policy, and…

Sustainable Oceans Alliance

01/07/19
The Sustainable Oceans Alliance is a youth-led organization that empowers Millennials to become leaders in preserving the health and sustainability of our oceans. With education, resources and collaborative opportunities, we aim to inspire Millennials to…

Ocean First

01/02/19
Ocean First’s goal is to educate and empower future generations to preserve our ocean ecosystems and become future leaders in conservation. We do this by connecting youth with the wonders of the ocean and the…

Alliance for Climate Education

11/30/18
Founded in 2010, ACE educates young people on the science of climate change and empowers them to take action. ACE has reached more than 700,000 students at more than 1,200 high schools nationwide. ACE is…

Climate Corps

11/30/18
Al Gore is the director of the Climate Reality Project and their Climate Corps leadership training courses equip individuals with skills to be a leader in the climate change movement, including how to communicate effectively.

KEY RESOURCES

Columbia Climate School

01/04/22
The Columbia Climate School's mission is to develop and inspire knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.

Offshore Wind Education

11/10/21
The Fundamentals of Offshore Wind program, part of New York State's Offshore Wind Training Institute, is a 3-week, 45-hour summer program designed to provide an introduction to offshore wind in a modular format.

Wind Programs at FSC

10/29/21
Whether you are a graduating high school senior, a current college student, or a seasoned professional, there is something for everyone in the Wind Program at FSC. All of these programs will help to improve…

Center of Excellence for Offshore Energy | SUNY Maritime College

10/26/21
Recognizing the growth in the offshore renewable energy sector, Maritime College established the Center of Excellence for Offshore Energy to focus on building a clean energy workforce and encouraging research in this growing area. The…

Online Learning with Coursera

10/26/21
The New York State Department of Labor is partnering with Coursera, the leading online training provider. Through Coursera, unemployed New Yorkers will have access to nearly 4,000 programs across high-growth industries and can hone skills in data…

NOAA upgrades Climate.gov site

10/12/21
NOAA’s Climate Program Office today launched a newly redesigned version of Climate.gov, NOAA’s award-winning, flagship website that provides the public with clear, timely, and science-based information about climate. The redesign expands the site’s already significant…

Handling climate change education at universities: an overview

09/25/21
Climate change is a problem which is global in nature, and whose effects go across a wide range of disciplines. It is therefore important that this theme is taken into account as part of universities´…

Climate Curriculum | K-12 Science Lessons on Climate Change

02/17/21
A comprehensive curriculum that provides engaging and informative science lessons on Earth's changing climate.

University Climate Change Coalition

08/26/20
For North American research universities committed to climate action and cross-sector collaboration, UC3 is a collaborative coalition that leverages relationships and expertise to accelerate local climate solutions and build community resilience.

CLEAN Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network

08/26/20
The CLEAN Collection of Climate and Energy Educational Resources A collection of 700+ free, ready-to-use learning resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists suitable for secondary through higher education classrooms.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University

08/26/20
Columbia’s Earth Institute blends research in the physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability. Their news publication is State of the Planet.

NASA Innovations in Climate Education

08/26/19
NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, is designed to improve the quality of the nation's STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and enhance students' and teachers' literacy about global climate and Earth system…

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