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/ecology, environmental law, environmental policy, environmental 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 2019, a record 282 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

CREDIT: the planetary press, 6/27/20


Many are available online through Take a free online course from EDX and learn about climate science, policy, carbon capture, or biotechnology, to name few topics.

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American Museum of Natural History

Our Earth’s Future Our Earth’s Future is about the science of climate change and how to talk about it. You will learn from scientists in the fields of climatology, oceanography, Earth science, and anthropology who… and the Post Carbon Institute

We’re offering this course—Think Resilience: Preparing Communities for the Rest of the 21st Century—to help you get started on doing something. You can take the course, consisting of 22 video lectures (about 4 hours total)…


Alliance for Climate Education

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

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.


climate literacy and energy awareness network

CLEAN Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network

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.