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The Venice Centre for Climate Studies (VICCS) is an inter-disciplinary research centre based at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, focusing on the assessment, detection, quantification, communication and facilitation of sustainable solutions to global change problems.
A primary aim of the VICCS is to integrate social, economic and environmental dimensions (the triple bottom lines of sustainable development) with the institutional dimension to answer questions related to climate change. This long-standing goal is manifested in VICCS, where faculty with a spectrum of skills analyse a range of topics: environmental economics, resources management, adaptation and mitigation policy, risk analysis, paleoclimatology, renewable energies, and cultural heritage protection and valorisation.
Its mission is to investigate and model the feedbacks between society and the climate system, and provide reliable, rigorous, and timely scientific results to help develop climate change adaptation and mitigation policies. It is a hub of interdisciplinary research, with a focus on the science-policy interface and the relationships between research and busines
Ca' Foscari University of Venice Climate Related Courses
Hiram College will build on our unique strengths and achievements to be a regional and national leader in sustainability. With the help of the WCCC Scholarship program, we will be able to continue to offer research and internship opportunities for all students, provide real-world and innovative studies at our 550-acre Biological Field Station and fuel the interest of sustainability within our studies.
We understand sustainability in an expansive sense as the integrated balance of environmental protection, fiscal responsibility, and social ability of future generation to meet their basic needs and experience a high quality of life. It is a call for transformative action and a call to confront one of the most urgent challenges of this century. We must seek to make sustainability permeate Hiram, modeling it for and with our students and the public in our decisions, as well as consciously cultivating our leadership to achieve true distinction
Tilburg University’s mission is to understand society and inspire and challenge students, which is why we offer the highest standards in teaching, scientific research and campus. Our green campus offers an attractive basis for fostering an international community where students and teachers can inspire and challenge each other and obtain knowledge. The following English-taught study programs may be of particular interest to student interested in the Climate Change Challenge:
Tilburg University's sustainability research includes issues in economics, ethics, and law. Within the Tilburg Sustainability Center researchers focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainable development, environmental economics, climate change and sustainable investment.
The University of New Brunswick has an impressive list of sustainability related courses offered by the institution from a variety of different faculties. Many of these courses include the study of both local and global perspectives related to climate change and sustainability. For instance, the Environment and Natural Resource program includes a mandatory course that examines social and cultural systems with relation to climate change. Additionally, there are a variety of clubs and societies on campus that dedicate time and enthusiasm to discussing climate change and global concerns.
At Wesleyan, we value responsible citizenship and ethical leadership, which is why sustainability is integrated into the College’s strategic plan and is part of the campus ethos. Wesleyan demonstrates its commitment to our environment through conservation, education, land use, recycling, and campus engagement. The College had the first Gold LEED certified building in Central Georgia, and the new Pierce Chapel earned Silver LEED certification. Students interested in sustainability can take advantage of many Wesleyan programs and activities:
The Wesleyan Arboretum comprises 104 acres of mixed hardwood and pine forest, as well as a 5 acre lake designed for conservation, education, research, and recreation.
Students are introduced to Wesleyan’s sustainability programs during orientation and the first year seminar experience. In addition to comprehensive recycling and energy conservation programs, the College is dedicated to helping students live sustainably by implementing sustainability initiatives in the residence halls.
The interdisciplinary environmental studies major prepares students for careers ranging from research scientist to writer to educator to political lobbyist. Our outstanding Biology major is one of our largest, and along with the Chemistry major, prepares students for graduate studies or careers related to climate change. Students in the sciences have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on research and engage in relevant internships.
Undergraduate and graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education introduce students to NatureSmart teaching and learning pedagogies.
Founded in 1836 as the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, Wesleyan College offers an education that leads to lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth. Our academic community attracts those with a passion for learning and making a difference. Students from across the United States and more than 24 countries value our rigorous academic program renowned for its quality. An exceptional faculty teaches classes seminar style, and, with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, each student is more than just a grade or number. Wesleyan offers undergraduate degrees in 31 major and 28 minor academic programs, as well as eight pre-professional programs, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The acceptance rate of Wesleyan students into medical, law, business, and other graduate programs is exemplary. Beyond the academic, Wesleyan offers a thriving residence life program, NCAA Division III athletics, championship IHSA equestrian program, and meaningful opportunities for spiritual development and community leadership.
Edgewood College A commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability resonates deeply at the College, a legacy begun by the native people who first cared for this very special 55-acre campus on the shore of Lake Wingra. the College is honored to be part of the legacy of sustainability that we inherit. The College’s two most recent building projects both earned LEED® certifications, and as part of its commitment to the environment Edgewood College is a ‘Founding Circle’ member of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, a revolving fund that offers financing for sustainability projects around campus.
Located in Madison, Wis., Edgewood College is a liberal arts Catholic college in the Dominican tradition. We serve approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students at our Monroe Street and Deming Way campuses, and online. The College offers more than 40 academic and professional programs, including master’s degrees in business, education, and nursing, and doctoral degrees in educational leadership and nursing practice. Edgewood College is uniquely prepared to help students from developing nations and small island states gain the skills they need to assist their respective countries with the challenges climate change will deliver in the coming decades. In addition to serving domestic students, Edgewood College serves 70+ international students each year who are pursuing short-term and full-degree educational opportunities.
The programs that support the work of the World Climate Change Challenge include:
Broadfield Natural Science Major with Geoscience Concentration
Environmental Science Major with Biology Concentration
Environmental Science Major with Chemistry and Geoscience Concentration
Environmental Studies Minor Graduate
Master of Arts in Sustainability Leadership
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Leadership
Overview of Undergraduate Opportunities: Through the Broadfield Natural Science Major and the Environmental Science Majors, students who are seeking good background knowledge in the climate change area will have opportunities to pursue coursework that will explore the influence of the oceans on atmospheric conditions, including climates and climate change. In addition to required courses in geoscience, chemistry, biology and physics, students will complete elective credits. Some courses in the area of climate change include: Climate and Climate Change, Environmental Geology, and Weather and Climate.
The Environmental Studies program allows students to pursue a broad, interdisciplinary view of current environmental issues. Our students combine coursework, research and involvement in the community (local and/or global) to gain the perspective and experience necessary to work toward a sustainable future. Students combine this minor with other majors including art, biology, business, economics, education, political science and nursing. The Environmental Studies minor prepares students for meaningful, collaborative work in areas such as teaching, research, consultation, writing and activism.
Overview of Graduate Opportunities: Edgewood College’s Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program (SLP) brings together students from all sectors in a collaborative approach to understanding the current and predicted ecological, social, and economic trends that are impacted by climate change. Students learn the link between these three dimensions of sustainability (ecological, social, and economic) and learn the necessary leadership tools to affect change in their home country.
SLP uses hands on, community and organization-based projects that allow students to apply the concepts and tools that they learn in their coursework. Scientific and technical knowledge are an important foundation of successfully mitigating and adapting to climate change. As important is the ability for individuals in the government, business, non-profit, and educational sectors to lead change in their own areas as well as developing effective cross-sector partnerships that respond effectively to climate change.
The Sustainability Leadership Program offers both a Master of Arts in Sustainability Leadership and a Graduate Certificate. The MA consists of 33 credits and can be completed in 1.5 to 2 years as a full-time student. The Graduate Certificate is 12 credits and takes one year. The programs use a cohort model to increase opportunities for learning and to provide an experience where students develop close, trusting relationships with one another.
Columbus State University (CSU) offers nationally distinctive programs in the arts, education, business, nursing and more. Columbus State provides a creative, deeply personal and relevant college experience. Serving the Southeast while attracting students from around the world, CSU thrives on community partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment.
Just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, CSU is part of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,200 students in a wide variety of degree programs, from online degrees to a doctorate in education. Since 1958, CSU has educated students who have gone on to become leaders at the local, state and national level. Currently, the university offers 46 undergraduate and 42 graduate degrees. he Master of Science in Natural Sciences degree program emphasizes development of a broadly-based scientific background while at the same time allows students to focus on a particular discipline.
The program also develops the research skills necessary to design and conduct original research. Students can obtain a MS in Natural Science degree in one of four separate tracks: Biology Chemistry Environmental Science Geosciences The opportunity to take graduate courses in a specific track or combine graduate courses from each of the tracks allows the student to design a graduate course of study to suit his or her own specific interests and goals. In the first year, students take courses stressing communication skills necessary to present reports and research results, research design and data analyses, as well as electives allowing specialization in particular areas of interest. The two-year curriculum allows students to focus on required courses and complete research in a timely manner.
Graduate assistantship employment provides tuition and competitive stipends. The Natural Sciences Program has... Broadly trained faculty with diverse areas of expertise with Southeastern, National and International research programs. Well-equipped, modern laboratories as well as access to protected natural areas. A wide variety of study abroad courses that allow students to conduct research projects abroad.
Audencia Business School Founded in 1900, Audencia Business School is today among the best European business schools. Regularly ranked on a global level by The Financial Times, the school is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
Audencia therefore forms part of the select 1% of business schools who possess this triple-crown proof of quality. First French management school to adhere to the UN’s Global Compact and sign the UN’s Principles of Responsible Management Education, which it assisted in defining, Audencia has long been committed to educating future innovative business leaders for a responsible world.
At a national level, Audencia obtained the LUCIE label for aligning its practices to the ISO26000 standards of corporate social responsibility. Audencia works in close alliance with the engineering world, through Ecole Centrale de Nantes, and the world of architecture, through Ensa Nantes. Fostering collaboration between diverse disciplines in order to find meaningful and innovative solutions to today’s environmental and social issues. Nantes, European Green Capital 2013, is home to Audencia’s main campus. Corporate Social Responsibility is a key research area and fundamental value at Audencia.
With the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) France as a key strategic partner, Audencia has incorporated research and teachings on environmental and social challenges into all curriculum across the board. This work is consolidated and promoted through its dedicated Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. In December 2015, Audencia students took part in talks leading up to the signing of the Paris Climate Accord at COP21; ensuring the voice of today’s young generation is heard. “… for its sustained commitment and achievement in CSR – and the leadership it has shown in that regard.” EQUIS 2015 “the School’s dedication to its deserved reputation for corporate social responsibility and business ethics, throughout its portfolio, is impressive.” AMBA 2015
John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a community of motivated and intellectually committed individuals who explore justice in its many dimensions. Environmental justice is an important component of our mission and something our students are passionate about.
The College’s liberal arts curriculum equips students to pursue advanced study and meaningful, rewarding careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Our professional programs introduce students to foundational and newly emerging fields and prepare them for advancement within their chosen professions. Our students are eager to engage in original research and experiential learning, excited to study in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, and passionate about shaping the future.
Through their studies our students prepare for ethical leadership, global citizenship, and engaged service. Our faculty members are exceptional teachers who encourage students to join them in pursuing transformative scholarship and creative activities. Through their research our faculty advances knowledge and informs professional practices that build and sustain just societies. The theme of justice is at the heart of each program, ranging across the arts, sciences and humanities. Climate change is a critical element of justice.
Our Security Management BS, Cell & Molecular Biology BS, Law & Society BS, Masters of Public Administration, and Masters of Science in Protection Management programs all prepare students for careers in the Climate Industries Sector.
The University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and teaching and its global reputation for excellence and innovation attracts some of the most inspiring and creative students and researchers in the world.
The University of Waterloo has been ranked:
the Most Innovative University 24 years in a row (Maclean's national rankings of Canadian universities);
the Top Comprehensive Research University in Canada for eight consecutive years (Research Infosource);
#1 for career preparation (Globe and Mail University Report and the Maclean's 2016 University Rankings);
ranked number 25 in the world in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking;
In a survey of 1,600 institutions, Waterloo ranked as the #17 best overall university in the 2015 India – Youth Inc. Global University Ranking, published by the Times of India;
1 of 10 global universities invited to lead the UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative.
The University of Waterloo has been an innovator in climate change education in training. It is home to the only Master of Climate Change program in North America and has offered specialized courses on climate change at the undergraduate level for over a decade. The Geography and Environmental Management Department that is the home to our Master of Climate Change program is ranked in the Top 50 in the world for Geography (QS Rankings). One of our faculty members co-delivered the first climate change Massive Open Online Courses
The University of Waterloo had one one of the largest student delegations at COP-21 and has had official observe status with the UNFCCC since 2014. The Master of Climate Change program provides a unique educational experience to students interested in the diverse emerging career paths in climate change science and policy and management. The program is a specialized, course-based (non-thesis) program completed over a period of three terms (12 months). It also includes a 4-month practical work experience component that is very important to this scholarship program.
Our Master of Climate Change tuition fee structure was specifically designed to make education affordable for students from developing countries and within the first three cohorts, students from 14 countries had enrolled (including for example, Pakistan, Singapore, Bangladesh, Barbados, Jamaica, China, India, Iraq, Nigeria, Gabon).
St. Thomas University is the only public university dedicated entirely to the liberal arts. We are recognized for our core around social justice and the study of global issues. With an exceptional undergraduate program in Environmental Studies, our students participate in a full-year work placement in their graduating year, to train with professionals in the field of climate change and conservation. Notably, we also have a partnership with the Harvard School of Business to bring the HBX CORe certificate program online to our students interested in taking their liberal arts training into the business world. This opens additional networks for students to use their degree and connections in virtually any country they choose.
Centrale Nantes, top engineering Institution in France recruits each year the best students from every corner of the globe to deliver them the topnotch Education at the Master's level. In cooperation with our industrial corporate partners, we provide all the engineering skills and soft skills that enable the student to build a brilliant international career and face the greatest challenges particularly in Climate change.
Centrale Nantes proposes Masters in specific fields related to problematics that developing Nations and small Island States can face such as the Master in Atmosphere, Water and Urban environment (well-balanced education to future engineers and town planners by providing the skills necessary to solve environmental and energy issues through an integrated approach, combining technological development together with the consideration of human, social and urban constraints.) Master in Energetics and Propulsion (How to reduce the propulsion impact on the climate, linked to the motors) Master in Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering (Wave energy, Wind Turbines, Ship resistance, ...)
We hope to collaborate to these big challenges with you. Centrale Nantes
Concordia College's mission and commitment to environmental sustainability make it a natural partner in the World Climate Change Challenge.
The college welcomes the opportunity to play a major role in educating promising young leaders, scientists and policy makers from developing countries as they prepare to meet the challenges of sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The purpose of Concordia College “is to influence the affairs of the world by sending into society thoughtful and informed men and women….” The private College, founded in 1891, offers a 4-year liberal arts education to more than 2,100 students from 36 countries. Concordia’s faculty contain NASA and NSF scientists, award-winning composers and writers, and national experts in a wide range of fields including biology, chemistry, and environmental studies. Combined, they teach classes in nearly 60 majors, offering countless learning opportunities for young people to understand interactions between humans and the natural environment.
A new state-of-the-art science building, opening in 2017, will provide exceptional facilities for research and teaching in the sciences, while the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Global Studies Programs bring together faculty from the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences to create powerful learning experiences for students. Concordia students studying environmental and physical science have opportunities to participate in cooperative education experiences as well as internships in the region at locations such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
They can also participate in specialized summer research, study away programs and interdisciplinary courses focused on earth science, climate change and environmental policy. These teaching and learning opportunities are designed for students interested in careers pertaining to environmental policy (non-government organizations, law, education), research (graduate degree or applied science) and conservation/field work within natural science fields. Concordia College demonstrates a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, endeavoring to prepare its students to be leaders in the drive to create thriving and sustainable societies.
The challenge of addressing climate change is at the forefront of our efforts, as are the issues of environmental justice and global inequalities. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Concordia has developed features and opportunities to give students practical experience in sustainability leadership: including an EcoHouse, the Long Lake Research Station, the state of the art BioHaus Passivhaus, an innovative solar thermal greenhouse at the campus organic garden, Sustainability Leadership Trips, the Eco-Reps program, and numerous internships both on and off campus. Faculty in a wide variety of departments contribute to teaching and research on environmental sustainability and climate change, working with the Student Environmental Alliance and the President’s Sustainability Council to provide leadership on campus and in the local community.
West Virginia University (WVU) is a public land grant institution located in Morgantown West Virginia that models a culture of diversity and inclusion, with a student population of 29,175. The Office of International Students and Scholars at West Virginia University is responsible for the care and compliance of over 2400 international students on campus. ACADEMIC PROGRAMS WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Many WVU programs hold specialized accreditation.
There are 15 colleges and schools offering over 193 bachelors, masters doctoral and professional degree programs. Masters degrees typically take about 2 years for completion. These colleges include School of Business and Economics, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, School of Agriculture and Food, College of Education and Human Services, College of Arts and Sciences among others. Majority of these schools and colleges provide programs and courses which assess the social and ecological importance of current climate variability and the potential for future climate change.
The goal of West Virginia University is to provide a platform for students and stakeholders from sectors such as energy, agriculture, human health, commerce, water resources, air quality, human communities, forestry and others to cooperatively, and with a hands-on approach address intellectual questions such as:
What are the current stresses and issues facing the globe?
How will current climate variability and the potential for future climate change exacerbate or ameliorate existing problems?
What are priority research and information needs?
What coping options exist that can build resilience and possibly assist with the climate change problem? Today’s critical challenges include Human Health, Water Resources, Forestry, Agriculture, Clean Energy, and Air Quality. The strategy therefore is to engage today’s generation to understand our vulnerabilities and the opportunities associated with climate change and variability at the international, national and regional levels through research and assessment. The research and assessment intentionally engages scientists, stakeholders, government officials and community members so as to develop expert knowledge from both the scientific and user communities. The expert knowledge then provides an integrated perspective that is documented and shared with people who have to make decisions, or who make policy, and who in effect play a significant role in the evolution of our society at small and large scale levels. West Virginia University’s academic program therefore:
Define research needs for improving estimates of global vulnerabilities, understanding the consequences of climate variability and change, and analyzing viable response options.
Identification of adaptation and resource management options
Laurentian University offers dynamic and unique undergraduate programs. Several options allow students to choose and combine program offerings for a multidisciplinary experience. Numerous programs offer hands-on experience, field work and co-op placements.
LaurentianUniversity’s Biology – Specialization in Ecology program gives students a strong background in understanding the relationships of plants, animals and other organisms with their environment in terrestrial and in aquatic habitats. Biology with Specialization in Restoration Biology gives the student a solid background in ecosystems and organisms in their natural environments, how human activities have influenced these, and how damage caused by human activities can be alleviated and natural systems restored or rehabilitated.
The Environmental Science degree program is a multidisciplinary program with a balanced portfolio of sciences and related subjects to build depth in areas of biology, geology, geography and chemistry. Environmental ethics, risk and impact assessment and environmental sustainability are integrated. Through this breadth of subjects, students understand the nature and impact that humans have on the habitat, on both a local and much wider scale. The resource extraction heritage of North-Eastern Ontario provides a unique opportunity to examine industrial impacts on the environment. Yet at the same time the outcome of policies and practices aimed at remediating the environment can be studied.
One of the principle objectives of Laurentian University is to have students think about incorporating transformative environmental change in both their own lives and those around them. Examining the environment through the lens of transformative change requires an evaluation of values, commitment and practices.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design DESIGN In this interdependent, global, post-industrial, information age, Design has evolved into a human-centered practice with concern for real social needs. At Emily Carr, your design studies will be oriented toward sustainable design thinking that is embedded in understanding cultural contexts and ecology. Your design degree will give you critical and professional skills required to enter the creative economy, along with a deeper understanding of the meaning and applications of design.
With insights to the semantics, expression, and manifestation of ideas and concepts, you will be equipped to shape them into form, font and materiality. You will be aware and ready to present ideas, to solve problems, and to make change with intention for positive social, cultural, economic and environmental impact.
University of Wisconsin – Parkside is a comprehensive campus of the University of Wisconsin System. The campus is located between the cities of Kenosha and Racine in southeastern Wisconsin, within the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. The university is situated on 700 acres of prairie and woodland approximately two miles west of Lake Michigan. The coherence and unity of the original campus design within its natural landscape has been sustained over four decades of development.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. The campus will be a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional and global progress.
The instructional program emphasizes quality teaching, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology, and involvement of undergraduate students in research. The UW-Parkside campus, the Chiwaukee Prairie, Harris Tract, Ranger Mac’s Fen, Renak Polak Woods, Petrifying Springs, and Sanders Park provide field areas for environmental studies. The biological sciences include many different aspects of biology such as botany, microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics and zoology. The undergraduate majors are based on core courses designed to convey a common body of concepts and skills essential to the training of biologists regardless of their ultimate specialization. This part of the program emphasizes the similarities and unifying ideas applicable to all living systems.
The curriculum offers a strong foundation in chemistry, physics and mathematics, and advanced studies in the traditional areas of specialization including analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Hands-on work in modern, well-equipped laboratories is stressed and students are encouraged to participate in faculty-directed independent research projects. The chemistry major can be complemented by one of several related minors such as biological sciences, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics or physics. The department offers a green chemistry certificate.
The environmental studies program provides a learning environment that prepares students to understand and respond to local, regional, and global environmental challenges. The rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum fosters an understanding of the complexity of humans’ relationship with nature and an appreciation of humankind’s dependency on functioning ecosystems for survival.
Through course work, research, and community engagement, the environmental studies faculty create an environment for students that cultivates independent thinking, creative problem solving, and effective communication skills. Environmental studies graduates are well prepared for a diversity of careers or graduate studies in environmental sciences, management, consulting or advocacy through a unique combination of course work and practical experience. All graduates share a core curriculum covering natural and social sciences, statistics, and environmental chemistry that gives students core competencies in key areas demanded by all employers and professional programs.
The program provides a core curriculum plus concentrations in environmental geosciences and earth science. The environmental geosciences concentration prepares students for requirements preparatory to professional certification as a geologist, hydrogeologist, or soil scientist.
The expertise in hydrogeology and contaminant fate and transport afforded by this concentration can lead to employment as an environmental geoscientist in a variety of governmental and private organizations. Students interested in taking certification exams as professional soil scientists may choose electives in soil science. Graduates with this background may work with governmental and private agencies in such applied fields as water resource management, soil conservation, and land-use planning. The earth science concentration provides a broad and flexible foundation for students with wide-ranging interests in the sciences, education, and the liberal arts. Furthermore, upper-level courses are intensively hands-on, enabling students to generate and analyze real-time data while gaining experience with innovative methods and instrumentation used by environmental professionals. The department has installed and maintains a network of ground water monitoring wells on campus and at other university properties in the community.
These sites serve students as hands-on learning sites, through which they can provide environmental quality assessment data that will assist surrounding communities in recognizing and interpreting long-term effects of land use changes. The department has established a 3+2 program to earn a bachelor degree from UW-Parkside and a master’s degree from the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
The curriculum addresses issues of climate change and how it influences societies. The courses include Natural Disasters and Society, Climate Change, Landscape Ecology, Soil Ecosystems and Resources, Biogeography, GIS and Resource Conservation, and Field Methods in Biogeography. Faculty in the department contribute to Sustainable Management Program that provides students with opportunities to critically think about climate change. The Applied Environmental Geography Concentration includes a wide variety of courses that contribute to the understanding of ecological processes, climate change, and the joining of the complex relationships of human interaction with the environment
Sustainable management emphasizes the triple bottom line of achieving positive financial, social, and environmental outcomes. How we use natural resources and the way in which they impact community and environmental welfare are key considerations when it comes to sustainability. And understanding the importance of a sustainable balance is vital to climate change.
We offer bachelor and master's degrees, and two certificates in sustainable management; all online and collaborative with other UW campuses, with administrative and financial support from UW-Extension. The bachelor of science is a degree completion program – in the first sixty credits the program curriculum consist primarily of general education requirements and prerequisites. The curriculum was thoughtfully designed with input from practitioners across the United States so students can develop triple bottom line business expertise that balances profitability with environmental and community needs.
True sustainability requires finding balance among four main objectives; (1) social progress that takes into account everyone's needs, (2) protection of the natural environment, (3) careful, considered use of natural resources, and (4) steady, increasing levels of economic growth and employment. The master of science program focuses primarily on adult and no-traditional students who hold an undergraduate degree and have the desire to continue their education to achieve a graduate degree. The curriculum is designed to ensure students are well versed in business and science.
The topics include climate change, renewable resources and industrial ecology. The program ensures students gain a comprehensive understanding of ways in which changing human activities affect the inseparable natural, social and economic environments. Careers encompass environmental consulting, environmental law, product management, waste management, corporate sustainability, green public relations, sustainable business development, natural resource management, environmental impact analysis, recycling, energy management, water conservation and green marketing.
La Trobe will be a University known for its excellence and innovation in relation to the big issues of our time, and for its enthusiasm to make a difference. We will be one of the top three Universities in Victoria, one of the top dozen nationally and one of the top 300 internationally. Our Research Areas focus to address the issues raised by areas such as Sustaining Food, Water, and the Environment, Building Healthier Communities, Transforming Human Societies, Understanding Disease, and finally promoting Sports, exercise and recreation. We are confident that through the excellent research undertaken in these areas will address the impacts brought forward by Climate Change.
CU Denver, GEM Program The Global Energy Management Master's Program was created out of a need in the energy industry to infuse young talent into the workforce. They bring new ideas, different values and innovative thinking alongside experienced veterans. The GEM Program allows flexibility in learning and for students to continue to work and contribute to their work and country.
Our students already come from all over the world and collaborate in group learning with instructors who work within the industry. It is an incredible grouping of knowledge and ambition. The program supports students in real world application and instructors push students to start applying what they learn immediately. GEM students average age is 34 and they are moving into leadership positions within the energy sphere in all sectors. The GEM Program would be a great experience for an up and coming leader who wants to make real change on energy and climate in their country.
Bishop's University We believe we can assist young people from these regions as we have a campus wide commitment to bring a positive impact towards climate change. Our campus has already saved 1 million liters of water thanks to our new geothermal energy system, we have eliminated the sale of water bottles on our campus, and we have both an Environmental Science (with concentrations in Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Physics) and an Environmental Studies and Geography program that offer courses directly related to the issues surrounding climate change.
We also have a professor, Dr. Matthew Peros, who is a Canadian Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change - a respected leader in his field which students get to work with first hand. In addition to our programs and commitment, we are also a small university of less than 2,400 students that is based on community - we are like a family. We have a 550 acre campus with wetlands, forests, hiking trails and green spaces throughout situa ted in the diverse Eastern Townships region of Quebec, Canada. This truly is an area for students interested in and concerned with environmental issues to come and get a top education and practical hands on experience all in one location.
Otterbein University is home to approximately 3,000 students located in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. For more than 120 years, Otterbein has enrolled international students into its academic programs and fostered global partnerships. Nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum, it is one of only six schools to serve as a site for the Association of American Colleges and Universities project on experiential learning.
Otterbein's location allows us to teach using nature as our lab. Westerville is has extensive bike paths of nearly 30 miles as well as close to 600 acres of parkland. Students take advantage of the outdoors by studying stream health at Alum Creek, for example. We also offer opportunities on campus such as working in Otterbein's state of the art greenhouse.
Our location near Columbus allows us to have close relationships with governmental agencies located in the capital as well. Students are often able to get internships with agencies like the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio EPA, the Metropolitan Park System, and the Ohio Geological Survey, as well as several private sector companies. Undergraduate research is the cornerstone to the Environmental Science and Biology Programs. Many of our students do independent research projects of their own choosing or as part of ongoing faculty directed research. They are encouraged to share their findings with the Otterbein community and to present at conferences. Finally,Otterbein's small community allows for personal attention.
Faculty encourage their students to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems such how we can solve global climate change.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences The word "state-of-the-art" gets thrown around a lot. But when you see our Boston campus, "state-of-the-art" sheds its cliche status and once again demonstrates its real meaning. It's true that we're the oldest institution of higher education in Boston. And while we are fully immersed in the tradition of our craft, we are constantly improving our resources. All of our facilities--from the health sciences library to the professional-quality laboratories to the information technology infrastructure--are modern, innovative, and geared to providing our students with what they need to succeed.
Our labs prepare students to make an impact in healthcare with immersive, hands-on environments that mirror real-world clinical and research conditions. In the clinical simulation laboratory, students gain foundational knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Students will learn to complete over 100 skills routinely performed in the delivery of patient care. In addition, the clinical simulation laboratory features six computerized high fidelity manikins, which provide an opportunity for students to assess and intervene appropriately, such as with a sudden drop in blood pressure or any of hundreds of other clinical conditions that may threaten the patient. In the patient assessment laboratory, which features Welch Allyn integrated diagnostic systems and other state-of-the-art equipment, students learn to gather information about the health status of the patient by obtaining a complete health history and conducting a complete head to toe physical exami nation. Students learn to analyze and synthesize that data in order to make sound clinical judgments about necessary nursing interventions.
MCPHS offers Internship/practical training elective courses for all majors to help students get hands on experience in their field. These typically take place in the Longwood Medical Area which is home to some of the top hospitals and laboratories in the world. We also have clinical partnerships with hospitals, universities, and healthcare facilities all over the world so students have the option to do a portion of their hands on training abroad.
McNeese State University is pleased to play a leadership role in the World Climate Change Challenge by providing educational opportunities for young leaders, thinkers and entrepreneurs who will use their skills and knowledge to make strides in achieving the important goals of WCCC.
Our Engineering, Chemical and Environmental Sciences, Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation as well as our Innovation Engineering programs offer outstanding opportunities for student to gain the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for innovative applications. With an emphasis on student success, driven by hands-on learning and quality faculty-student initiatives, students are prepared for real world challenges.
Unity College is a leader in sustainability science educating responsible, optimistic individuals committed to solving the world’s most pressing environmental problems. Unity College prepares the next generation of environmental professionals and leaders to successfully face real-world challenges.
With 16 environmentally focused majors, our liberal arts curriculum is built upon a unique framework of sustainability science—the first of its kind in the United States. We are ready to do our part to prepare students from Developing Nations and Small Island States to “return home ready” so they may study, articulate, and address the challenges of climate change.
A World-Ready Curriculum Our distinctive approach to learning provides our students with an exceptional, high-quality education, enabling them to drive real change with leading-edge knowledge and expertise. Through a transdisciplinary approach to sustainability science, Unity College students develop critical-thinking, personal and social skills needed to succeed in life. Our talented, accomplished faculty actively develop research activities and collaborations with peers, other academic institutions, community partners, local businesses, and non-profit organizations to support and demonstrate the integrative nature of learning and problem-solving in our century.
Unity College offers B.S. degrees particularly relevant to future needs of Developing Nations and Small Island States such as: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Environmental Policy, Law, and Society; Marine Biology; Parks and Forest Resources; Sustainable Agriculture; Sustainable Energy Management; Wildlife Biology; and Wildlife and Fisheries Management.
Our unique location provides extraordinary opportunities for hands-on learning and research, such as building demonstration wind and solar power systems, home energy audits, or forest management activities. In our undergraduate research program, students gain the skills to systematically address complex issues. Each semester (?), UnityCollege hosts a research symposium that highlights student projects, and several students have presented at local and national conferences.
Co-Curricular Opportunities We believe learning happens both in and out of the classroom. Unity College supplements the curriculum with co-curricular opportunities that engage all students in meaningful activities that prepare them to make a mark on the world. Internships are an integral part of the learning experience, serving as a way to help achieve deliberate learning goals, provide structured reflection on career choices, and allow for focused professional development. Students also have opportunities for leadership development through student groups and work placements.
In addition, Unity College owns McKay Farm & Research Station, a 9-acre agricultural center that supports sustainable agriculture curriculum and partnership with local organic growers. This facility is quickly becoming a demonstration site for energy efficient and cost-neutral local food production. Student Success Unity College welcomes students from Developing Nations and Small Island States, and is dedicated to supporting students through to graduation by providing a “home away from home.”
Unity College provides a developmentally differentiated living and learning experience for students through on-campus residences, academic support centers, wellness, dining, athletics, and student engagement. We have robust student support services that are student centered and that promote student success in college and beyond. Eighty percent of students are housed on campus, creating a unique sense of community and support networks. Our wellness programs create a campus culture that emphasizes holistic wellness. We also cultivate a culture of respect for diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Mission-Driven Unity College shares the sense of urgency that motivates the WCCC, and we wholeheartedly embrace the challenge of rapidly preparing the skilled workers of 2020 by providing relevant, transferrable learning experiences today. We are continuously working to expand our offerings for climate leadership development. Future initiatives that will further support students in addressing climate change challenges include a comprehensive certificate program in support of Sustainability Science, and online undergraduate and graduate programs. By 2020,Unity College will be able to offer even more to our students from overseas.
The University of West Alabama is pleased to submit its application to become a Partner University participating with the World Climate Change Challenge via the United Nations Green Climate Fund WCCC Scholarship Program. We are confident that our institution is an especially fine fit for your project for a number of reasons we will outline below.
First, UWA’s faculty and administration share your concern about the environment our future generations will face as our global climate continues to change. Indeed, from an academic standpoint, studying the effects of climate change on our natural environment has become one of our university’s chief missions in the last few decades. Although historically we have been identified as a teacher education-oriented institution, among our chief courses of study at the university are our degree programs in biology and environmental science. Our faculty and our students—both undergraduate and graduate—engage in exciting field biology work in our Black Belt Region of West Alabamabut also in the wetlands of the Gulf Coast.
They have studied at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on theAlabama Gulf Coast; they have studied and published on the effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, with a particular focus on its effects on Alabama’s wetlands; and they have engaged in botanical research aimed at producing plant-based food sources that are more resilient to the higher temperatures and decline in rainfall that our present climate change models predict for our planet’s future.
We have long focused on undergraduate research primarily because the bulk of our graduate students study in the area of education. As a result, our undergraduate students in the sciences often have experiences and opportunities typically reserved only for graduate students—extensive lab duties, extended field experiences, and opportunities for close collaboration with scientists well known and highly respected in their fields. However, a Master’s in Conservation Biology degree program is currently under review by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and we have every expectation that the program will be approved and available for launch in the fall of 2016. This program coincides with the construction and/or renovation of lab spaces in our science programs which will prove to be a significant upgrade in our students’ experiences and in our faculty’s capabilities.
We would also add that several National Science Foundation grants are currently housed at UWA—an unusual accomplishment for a small regional institution such as the University ofWest Alabama. The focus of these grants has been not just pure research but teaching as well.
Our students—and the international students from developing countries and small island states—will find ample opportunities to study the effects of climate change here at UWA, and they will be able to do so under close supervision from a nurturing faculty accustomed to merging top notch teaching with world-class research. Moreover, our campus is a very diverse one. We are home to students from nearly a score of countries—from Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Continental Europe and the U.K., and from the Middle East—around 170 international students in all.
We offer a welcoming environment that features an International House (literally, a former house or residential dwelling) that our international students find very homey and comfortable. Our international staff members are friendly, committed, and professional, and we offer additional ESL support as needed to non-native speakers. Our hometown of Livingston, Alabama, is a small town of only about three thousand residents, not counting our student population of around two thousand.
Our local residents embody the characteristic of southern hospitality, for they have welcomed our recent meteoric growth in international population. Many local families have unofficially adopted our international students and have them to their homes for occasions such as Thanksgiving. In turn, our local residents enjoy learning about our international students’ cultures through university-sponsored events such as our celebration of Chinese New Year and our regular International Food Fairs. Of course, other extracurricular activities, shopping trips, and similar opportunities are offered for our internationals.
Students from developing nations and small island states would find fellowship, friendship and both academic and personal support here at UWA. We hope you will agree that our university is a fine fit for the United Nations Green Climate Fund WCCC Scholarship Program. We would welcome this opportunity to further extend our mission of education and service to an increasingly global community.
We often say in regards to our International Programs Office that it is difficult for us in rural westernAlabama to go out and see the world—so we at UWA brought the world here through our international initiatives. But of course, we are also educators, and our true purpose is to help those students who come to us to go forth and change the world for the better.
Through this scholarship program, we can continue to do just that. We respectfully ask that you give our university the strongest possible consideration for joining this exciting program. Sincerely, Tim Edwards, Provost The University of West Alabama
University of Evansville Our society is faced with a number of environmental problems - most of which we are only beginning to understand. Studying these problems and suggesting possible solutions involves much more than any one discipline can offer. The physical and life sciences, chemistry, physics, public health, environmental engineering, and biology are often called upon to work together to examine and offer answers. This is why the study of our environment must be interdisciplinary and should inspire its students to be socially responsible and ready for action.
Earlham College would be an excellent choice and partner institution for the WCCC GCK Scholarship Program for several primary reasons. Firstly, it is regarded as one of the U.S.'s finest colleges of the liberal arts and sciences. For example, it is featured as one of only forty colleges profiled in the seminal college guide "Colleges That Change Lives." It has been annually ranked by its peer institutions among the top colleges with a commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level.
Earlham provides several immersion or "high impact" experiences for each student, for example, undergraduate research, internship, or study abroad opportunities. Finally, Earlham is ranked among the top 1-2% of all U.S. institutions of higher education in the percentage of its graduates who earn a doctorate (Ph.D,) in their chosen field or are chosen for prestigious post-graduate awards like the Fulbright or Watson Fellowship.
Secondly, Earlham is renowned as an acad emic community which is particularly welcoming to international students. Although Earlham currently limits enrollment to a select 1,200 undergraduate students it enrolls students from nearly eighty different nations, ranking among the top ten U.S. colleges and universities in its percentage of international students. As a partner institution with the Davis Foundation and the United World Colleges Earlham attracts and enrolls international students from developing nations as well as modern industrial nations.
While there is college-wide involvement, the college's excellent International Programs Office takes the lead in helping international students to make a successful academic and social transition. Almost all of Earlham's faculty and students participate in international-based study. Thirdly, Earlham has a long-standing commitment to environmental and sustainability issues. It offers a dynamic interdisciplinary major in environmental studies through which studies may purs ue an environmental science or an environmental policy emphasis. The College also supports what it calls an integrated program in sustainability.
Finally, this past year Earlham concluded a period of strategic planning which will support the launching of a global leadership initiative in the spring of 2016. This initiative will support three interdisciplinary academic centers: the Center for Social Justice and Responsibility, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Center for Health and Society. Each of these Centers will support funded research, internships, and events which will provide in-depth exploration of and response to issues of global importance. Earlham College would be honored to be a partner institution with the World Climate Change Challenge. This Challenge is consistent with our institutional values and priorities for preparing students to provide leadership in the 21st century on issues which impact us all. (Further information about Earlham College may be provided upon request).
Marlboro College is a small, liberal arts college in Vermont, where independent thinkers can explore their deepest interests, collaborate with faculty as colleagues, and set the course for their own intellectual and professional pursuits. Marlboro’s rural and tight-knit academic community is an ideal environment for welcoming students from other countries and cultures.
The college is always seeking motivated international students, and has accepted applicants from all over the world, from Slovenia and Ethiopia to South Korea and Peru. As a learning community that emphasizes sustainability, social justice, and community, Marlboro is well suited for students preparing to meet the challenges of climate change around the world. Students pursuing environmental studies develop expertise in: ecological principles and processes; social and economic aspects of the environment; the interplay between nature and culture; and close observation of place. Like students in other degree fields, they also explore broadly across the curriculum before focusing their work on a specific topic they are passionate about, with guidance and support from relevant faculty. The resulting major work of scholarship, or “Plan of Concentration,” is the culmination of each Marlboro student’s academic work and a testament to their scholarly vision.
Some recent student Plans relating to climate change include:
• “An exploration of energy and agriculture as humanity faces climate change.”
• “A paper surveying current and predicted impacts of climate change on North American Arctic ecosystems.”
• “An exploration into the environmental and social challenges that face the public acceptance of renewable energy.”
• “An investigation of low-energy cooling practices and a study of climate and site-specific architecture.”
Marlboro presents a unique opportunity for students from around the world to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to climate change, fueled by their own specific interests, to the benefit of future generations. The college also offers relevant graduate programs, such as the MA in Teaching for Social Justice Program.
Like all Marlboro students, international students involved in the World Climate Change Challenge can expect to be supported and respected for the unique experiences and perspectives they bring to the community.
Wheaton College The world faces complex challenges that require entrepreneurial leaders to develop solutions and take action on them. Navigating the way forward will take critical analysis, creative thought, collaborative spirit and cogent communication. These are the skills that tomorrow’s leaders must develop and they are not rooted in a narrow focus on specific disciplinary knowledge.
What Wheaton has to offer, a unique approach to interdisciplinary liberal arts, coupled with extraordinary facilities and curricula in the STEM fields, provides future leaders the means for producing new knowledge that can lead to solutions for our most challenging global issues. Higher education has the responsibility to prepare students to shape the world of tomorrow in multiple ways, including combating climate change - and Wheaton is uniquely positioned to do so.
Through the intersection of business and society, technology and environmental science, and biology and international relations, Wheaton’s Connected Curriculum provides the multifaceted perspective needed to address this complex issue.Wheaton’s commitment to science and technology a sustainability is tangibly demonstrated through the recent construction of a $42 million, Gold LEED Certified Center for Science and Technology. This state-of-the-art research center includes 23 research labs, 12 teaching labs, and a dedicated Maker Space (where students work with laser cutters and 3D printers, build drones, and more) ensuring that graduates are prepared to implement their education and impact the world – immediately and for decades to come. Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts, is proud to join the global fight against climate change by welcoming global scholars from Developing Nations and Small Island States.
The New School Driven by its mission to confront real-world problems through bold and creative solutions, The New School is tackling this global crisis head on. This year, the university will pursue a comprehensive plan to address climate change, including full divestment of fossil fuels.
The plan, which was sparked by New School students, faculty and alumni on The New School’s Paris and New York City campuses, includes an expansion of the already diverse catalogue of curriculum options for students on the environment and climate justice.
At its heart is the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC), a facility that will foster the integration of design strategies and creative social and ecological approaches to environmental issues. In 2015, TEDC renewed and expanded its vision to address the increasingly urgent need to integrate design and environment to confront climate change and its social justice impacts.
TEDC accomplishes these objectives by providing New School faculty, students, and staff with opportunities for interdisciplinary research, teaching, practice, engagement, and environmental citizenship that focuses on a wide range of issues with a new level of intensity. Our distinctive programs, specifically in design, management, economics, and international affairs, prepare students to design solutions for a better world through social engagement and bold, creative thinking. We are excited to partner with WCCC to develop a new force of climate workers across industry sectors.
Luther College welcomes the opportunity to participate in the World Climate Change Challenge program. The college is uniquely positioned to support the broader educational goals of the World College Climate Challenge given our demonstrated commitment to both sustainability and international education.
Introducing Luther Founded in 1861, Luther College is a four-year, university-level, residential institution of 2,400 students. One of the outstanding nationally-ranked colleges in the American Midwest, Luther offers more than 60 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. A Phi Beta Kappa chapter—the most prestigious academic honors society found on only 10 percent of American college and university campuses—attests the academic excellence of the college. Center for Sustainable Communities.
At Luther, we hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to sustainability. We recognize that sustainability goes hand in hand with a just, equitable, and prosperous world, and we work hard not only to green our campus practices but also to teach students through academic courses and campus life that creating a sustainable society is a responsibility that falls to each of us. The Center for Sustainable Communities coordinates all sustainability initiatives at Luther. The mission of the Center is to promote sustainability and be a catalyst for change on campus, in the region, and in the world. Environmental Studies at LutherLuther's location in Decorah's Oneota Valley offers the perfect setting for connecting with nature as well as unique opportunities for students and faculty to explore environmental issues.
The natural laboratory provided by the 1,000-acre (4 million square meter) Luther campus and the surrounding area, together with collaborations both on campus and in the local community provide opportunities for students to gain salient hands-on experience with environmental issues, from biodiversity surveys and soil testing to campus energy conservation and local food system work. Luther offers both a major and minor in Environmental Studies with more than 40 courses—encompassing the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities—from over a dozen academic departments and programs.
These classes provide many multidisciplinary approaches to learn about our environment and to engage in dialogue about ways of addressing the many environmental challenges we face. Luther’s Environmental Studies program, with more than twenty faculty members, challenges students to become systems-thinkers who can apply their skills to assessing and solving real world problems. Sustainability in Practice As a leader in college campus environmentalism, Luther has made serious commitments to renewable energy and green campus practices.
We’re proud to be recognized as one of the most sustainable schools in Iowa and the nation. Among recent distinctions, we earned a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) silver rating, a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award, a listing as a top green college in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges in 2013, and recognition by the Sierra Club as one of the nation's greenest universities. Since 2003-04, the college has cut its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 44.5 percent. Two thirds of the reductions are related to numerous energy efficiency projects and one third the result of wind and solar power efforts.
Luther has implemented creative solutions to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions as we work toward our goal of carbon neutrality. Center for Global Learning A Luther education connects students with vital global issues and ideas in many ways—through study and scholarship on campus and through off-campus studies, internships, and service around the globe. Campus conversations reflect the experiences and passions of nearly 150 international students from 65 different countries. And each year, nearly 450 Luther students expand their worldviews through off-campus study, ranking Luther among the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation for the percentage of students who study abroad prior to graduation.
Specific sustainability-focused courses include “Green Germany,” “Environmental Implications of Eco-Adventure Growth in Central America,” and the “Ecology of Ecuador,” to name a few. The Center for Global Learning coordinates the admissions/scholarship processes for international students and manages all of the international off-campus programs. With Luther’s strong commitment to sustainability—both in terms of the Environmental Studies program and sustainability in practice—and the college’s longstanding and highly respected international education program, Luther is well positioned to meet the needs of students from Developing Nations and Small Island States as they gain the education and experience necessary to begin tackling some of the climate change challenges in the future.
Maharishi University of Management We believe in working toward a world based on the principles of sustainability. That’s why Maharishi University of Management is fully committed to sustainable practices and Consciousness-Based education as one of the most green universities in the U.S. The Sustainable Living program, established in 2003, was the first degree program in Sustainable Living in the country.
We are currently the #4 ranked Environmental Science University in the US. Check out the following "Green Facts" about MUM. Groundbreaking new net-zero Sustainable Living Center 95% of food budget spent on local/organic foods 100% of dining hall food scraps composted 100% of campus grounds maintained organically Single-stream recycling stations in dorms MUM has a formal sustainability committee New construction must be LEED-certified or meet standards of a comparable third-party rating system.
We have a university-wide policy of purchasing office paper with high recycled content Public GHG inventory plan We employ a sustainability officer MUM provides guidance on green jobs Target date of 2017 to have 100% of electricity production needs met from renewable resources Available transportation alternatives: restricting parking, bike share, vanpool, preferred parking We attract students from all over the world who are looking to make a difference. Students graduate with the knowledge, hands-on skills, and confidence they need to help design, build, and maintain sustainable communities at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Consciousness-Based education has transformed the process of learning by connecting each discipline with the student’s personal experience. What Consciousness Based Educatiton (CBE) means to you as a student is simply that at MUM we really do care how alert and rested you are, so that you can learn more effectively.
As the more extensive discussion explains, all students, faculty and staff at MUM practice the Transcendental Meditation® Program (TM), which has scientifically documented (and people-verified) benefits such as increased energy, alertness, and creativity, and a broader perspective. We’re the first U.S. college to offer an organic, vegetarian, freshly prepared menu — it’s one reason why our students are often healthier when they graduate than when they enroll.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive, research-intensive, land-grant university, consistently ranked among the top 50 universities in the world, and among the top five in the area of engineering and technology. Specialized undergraduate and graduate curricula in Energy and Sustainability Engineering, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability combine with specializations in other traditional majors, such as environmental law in our LLM program, to provide a wealth of opportunities for students exploring careers in sustainable development, public policy, and climate change.
Robert Morris University (RMU) transforms lives by building knowledge, skills, and citizenship, focusing on the achievement of one's personal and professional goals. With a legacy of delivering professionally focused education to students from a variety of backgrounds, RMU is well positioned to help students from developing countries gain skill sets and experience to lead the climate change industry.
RMU offers a number of climate change related fields of study including Biology, Environmental Science, and Engineering as well as a range of interdisciplinary courses in business, social sciences, health sciences, communications and information systems. Engaged learning, within a highly supportive environment, will enable climate change students to develop strong communication skills, excel within collaborative settings, effectively address complex problems of climate change with innovative solutions, and lead with integrity and compassion throughout their lives and careers in the dive rse and rapidly changing world.
Pratt Institute At Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment within the M.S. degrees of Sustainable Environmental Systems and City and Regional Planning, students are immersed in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for urban environments.
New York City is our laboratory for exploring and documenting leading edge climate change adaptation designs and policies which can then be applied and compared to the global stage.
Our courses cover climate change science and resilient design as well as global and local climate change adaptation policies. Both programs would assist young people from developing nations and small island states gain the qualifications and experience to assist their countries to overcome the generational challenges we all face in the next decades.
Coe College As a liberal arts institution, a CoeCollege education goes beyond academic preparation for tomorrow's needs. Coe aims to strengthen ethical, moral and community-based mindsets in all of our graduates. With complex issues such as climate change, a diverse education will be essential in bringing together multiple industries working towards common goal.
Graduates will return home with the applicable education they need to conduct research, write grants, create business partnerships and formulate lasting change for their community.Coe College is a unique combination of a small, welcoming and supportive academic community with advanced scientific research opportunities for undergraduate students in the areas of biology, molecular biology, environmental science, environmental studies, chemistry, biochemistry and physics.
Our Wilderness Fieldstation located in northern Minnesota is a living example of climate change solutions: applied research, animal behaviors, ecological analysis, environmental ethics and governmental regulations. The benefit of these experiences combined with related coursework will provide young people with tools to enact progress in their own communities as it relates to climate change.
University of Minnesota Crookston offers programs in Environmental Science, Agronomy, Natural Resources, and Applied Studies which provide the knowledge and background to understand the mechanisms driving global climate change and methods of mitigation. Faculty members are engaged in sustainability in their research and teaching. Dr. Dan Svedarsky was a delegate to the 2009 U.N. Conference on Climate Change at Copenhagen and attended a Washington, D.C. conference focused on solutions to climate change.
Dr. Katy Nannenga, one of our environmental scientists studies greenhouse gases and strategies to reduce their concentrations in the atmosphere. Professor and Department Head Dr. Joseph Shostell has a doctoral degree in Environmental Biology and studies the effects of human activities such as global warming on biologic diversity. Many UMC students work on independent research projects on these issues and are required to complete an internship in their area of study.
Bemidji State University (BSU) is a four year, public, liberal arts institution that is part of a broader Bemidjicommunity of over 35,000 residents. Situated on its stunning Lake Bemidjisetting, approximately 4,500 undergraduates and 500 graduate students attend BSU.
Students, through the sum of their educational experience at Bemidji State, will have multiple opportunities to learn about, experience, and reflect on the university’s Signature Themes: environmental stewardship, civic engagement, and multicultural understanding. The themes represent core values that guide curriculum and services.
BSU has boasted an environmental ethic for several decades. With one of the first Environmental Studies programs in the nation, a solid foundation was developed to instill students with a sense of passion for the well-being of the environment, the planet, and future generations. For over a decade, BSU has required that all undergraduates complete a course entitled "People and the Environment" that not only educates students on the ecosystem on which we depend, but integrates the social systems perspective for solving complex global problems. The course also facilitates an opportunity for students to interact with the community through a service learning assignment.
In 2005, BSU signed the Talloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations, and outreach at colleges and universities. As a result of this commitment, Students for the Environment, a BSU campus-based group that is open to students and community members, led the effort to begin the purchase of wind energy, starting with 616 100-kilowatt-hour blocks of wind energy for the Student Union. This commitment qualifies BSU as a Green Power Partner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
BSU is a signatory of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), pledging to become a carbon neutral institution. As a signatory, BSU staff is required to input an annual greenhouse gas inventory and promote and plan for projects to support carbon neutrality.
One of BSU’s unique projects involves investing in solar transpired air to increase the temperature incoming fresh air. A current project involves the feasibility of using biomass to reduce the demands on our natural gas boiler. As a state agency, BSU is required to enter energy data into a B3 database which requires buildings to reach energy efficiency and conservation benchmarks.
The City of Bemidji is also a signatory to the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, demonstrating the broader community commitment to reducing the impacts of human-induced climate change.Bemidji obtained Step 3 status in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program and is committed to providing staff for a monthly Bemidji Sustainability Committee meeting.
A Campus Sustainability Director was hired in 2008 to help support and promote the goals of the ACUPCC as well as coordinate the Green Fee, a five dollar per semester student fee to promote campus environmental projects. Students approved to support more environmental projects and initiatives by increasing the Green Fee to $7.50 in 2015. The Sustainability Office has been heavily involved in energy, water, and waste reduction strategies and has become a regional leader in the campus sustainability movement.
BSU has also demonstrated its commitment to sustainability through the creation of the campus Environmental Advisory Committee (made up of students, faculty, and staff) in 1992 and the subsequent adoption of the BSU Environmental Policy Statement. BSU has instituted many sustainable practices such as replacing most light fixtures with energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs across campus, purchasing a hybrid security vehicle, installing water-conserving shower heads, installing motion sensors in common areas, and purchasing supplies with more recycled content.
This fall, BSU opened up the doors on its first LEED-certified building and this winter students will be able to ice fish in the nation’s first fossil fuel-free fish house created by students. BSU also holds membership in the following organizations that are involved with environmental issues: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS), National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program, Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA), Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). BemidjiState University provides an eclectic mix of academic programs that will help train students to solve critical environmental problems related to climate change.
For example, our Geography Department challenges its students to learn about, and more importantly, experience the human-environment geographic connection and provides a range of emphases useful to climate-change related professions including Geographic Information Systems, Physical Geography, and Planning. Our Biology Department offers a range of academic specializations that provide the necessary academic preparation and skills to solve climate-change problems related to fisheries biology, conservation, wetland preservation, and invasive species.
Current Biology Department climate change related research focuses on examining altered diversity and abundance of small animals in different habitats, changes in the migratory behavior of songbirds, and the influence of anthropogenic factors on population dynamics of fish and zooplankton in lakes and rivers. BSU is the only Minnesota institution to offer a four-year degree in aquatic biology, and its programs take full advantage of BSU’s pristine setting and high-tech lakeside facilities, while offering ample opportunities for a truly hands-on education.
Finally, our Environmental Studies programs housed in the Center for Environmental, Economic, Earth, and Space Studies offer the interdisciplinary flexibility for students to gain the skills required to tackle important climate-change related problems including specializations in ecosystems studies, environmental policy and planning, environmental toxicology, environmental management, and geohydrology. Current research by our Environmental Studies faculty includes examining potential changes in forest composition under anticipated future regional climate change, as well as developing adaptive environmental management strategies to harvest natural resources sustainably. Faculty at BSU have considerable experience working and conducting research in the developing world on problems related to climate change.
This work includes a recent NSF-funded Local Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation Project (LKCCAP) in Kenya that researched the local dynamics of forest knowledge, perceptions, and conservation practices. Another recent project culminated in a Fulbright Fellowship that investigated utilizing spatial technologies for monitoring large-scale change and desertification risk in Namibia. Other BSU research has explored the cultural ecology, ethnographic issues of leadership capacity, indigenous environmental knowledge, the environmental consequences of changing relationships between rural women’s health and work patterns, and land tenure issues in ecologically at-risk regions facing increased immigration and export cash cropping.
BSU researchers have also investigated the important implications of climate change on vulnerable savanna and woodland communities in southern Africa and the impacts on the livelihoods of the people. Faculty from BSU maintain strong strategic working partnerships with staff from the U.S. Agency for International Development Climate Smart Agriculture Program and the Global Carbon Project. The mission of the BSU International Program Center is “to increase and promote international educational opportunities and produce graduates who are able to shape our global society and excel in an increasingly multicultural workforce.”
Bemidji State University is currently home to students from over 30 countries. It’s all part of BSU’s commitment to fostering international and multicultural understanding. The International Program Center is at the heart of it all, connecting international students to the resources they need to thrive at BSU and beyond. UNGCF scholarship program recipients will be well taken care of at Bemidji State University!
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota There are several key aspects that make SMUMN a solid university for students from developing countries to study climate change. First, SaintMary’s is a Lasallian Catholic University, as such we have a long tradition of serving underrepresented students historically and more recently with our First Generation Initiative. This particular program would be useful for students from developing countries as it includes additional tutoring, academic assistance, and helps foster a sense of belonging to better ensure academic success.
In addition, we belong to a network of Lasallian schools that regularly exchange scholars with over 80 countries, many of them developing countries. The Lasallian tradition carries with it a high regard for responsibility in ethical leadership.Saint Mary’s believes that education must include equipping our students with the tools needed to ethically lead through their education.
Our long established Environmental Biology program has been concerned with the preservation and changes to climate since the 1950s, and has been a strong advocate for conservation to preserve and overcome climate change issues in our own scenic part of the Mississippi River Valley.
Our recent groundbreaking for a new science building shows our continued commitment to the sciences, and we are located in Winona, MN, which affords our programming many “outside laboratory” experiences in the bluffs and streams that run through campus for hands-on learning. Thus, with a global footprint, Saint Mary’s well established environmental programming would be an ideal location for students from developing countries to study.
The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is known for having a high quality undergraduate engineering program that well prepares students to be leaders in their respective fields upon graduation. Engineers certainly will play a significant role in tackling climate change issues that the world is facing. At MSOE, students, will have the opportunity to take courses relating to topics such as renewable energies, sustainable design, efficiency at all levels, materials, construction management, waste water treatment, power sources, and many, many more areas., all of which can have a major effect in areas of world climate change. Graduates from MSOE will certainly be able to return to their home countries with the tools in place to make a positive impact on world climate change.
Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) has been a leader in environmental education and research for over 30 years. The department of Civil, Environments and Ocean Engineering offers graduate and undergraduate level degree (majors & minors) and certificate programs in environmental engineering, and environmental management with emphasis on:
• Environmental Sustainability
• Green engineering
• Treatment Processes for Environmental Control
• Groundwater and Soil Pollution Control
• Modeling of Environmental Systems
Through a network of research centers and laboratories and partnerships with national and international stakeholders SIT performs cutting edge environmental research. The Center for Environmental Systems (CES) maintains and operates several state-of-the art facilities with a combined laboratory floor space area in excess of 20,000 square feet and equipment infrastructure valued well over $10 million.
CES is a leader in developing, evaluating and implementing innovative environmental technologies and dedicated to balancing humankind's needs with the natural world. It is the epicenter of a research and educational partnership between faculty in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, the Department of Defense, and private enterprise.
Major research initiatives include:
Climate Adaptation Research - Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Experts at Stevens’ Davidson Laboratory are fully engaged in responding to extreme weather events and the effects of climate change that impact our society. By studying threats such as storm surges, droughts, and flooding, researchers are protecting ports, cities, and civilians.
Sustainable Energy and Green Research - Engineering Solutions for Sustainable Power and Food: In an ecologically aware world, Stevens’ researchers are working urgently to ensure sustainable food sources and safe water for the world, as well as devise new eco-friendly, energy efficient and economical solutions for industrial applications.
Sponsored research is conducted in the areas of conversion of waste to energy through the production of algal biomass and subsequent extraction and upgrade of algae oil to biodiesel; recovery and conservation of phosphorus; development of cost effective technology to ensure clean water to remote communities in third world countries, and harnessing of wind energy.
Stevens’ researchers, with expertise in ocean observation systems and coastal ocean dynamics, have been awarded an NSF grant through the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute Program to lead an international partnership of universities dedicated to the goal of an observing and modeling system on the Amazon River, with a particular focus on outflow.
Montclair State University offers many degree programs in which individuals can learn technical applications, grounded in rigorous academic foundations, to address climate change challenges confronting coastal regions.
New Jersey faces many such challenges including sea level rise, flooding, coastal erosion, loss of wetlands, natural hazards prediction and mitigation, habitat fragmentation and degradation, and declining ecosystems functions and service. These problems result from the interconnections between natural global processes and local anthropogenic activities, and are common to urban and coastal communities worldwide.
MSU’s degree programs include: BA in Geography, BS and MS in Earth and Environmental Science, BS and MS in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences, BS and MS in Sustainability Science, MA in Environmental Studies, PhD in Environmental Management, and several Graduate Certificates. These programs couple physical and natural sciences together with social sciences; they foster critical thinking and communication skills, and incorporate cutting edge field, laboratory, and computational methods – skills that will be required by future generations to mitigate and adapt to challenges posed by climate change.
Vassar College is a leading small liberal arts college. Our multidisciplinary approach to education means that climate change is addressed in departments across the curriculum. Students majoring in Biology, Urban Studies, Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Studies, and Science, Technology, and Society in particular would be well grounded in to inspire social change and impact on climate change and sustainability.
Lake Region State College is committed to the World Climate Change Challenge. We are pleased to be a partner university offering two programs to affect immediate change on the world and the climate.
The demand on farmers to continuously produce more food, fiber, fuel and pharmaceuticals has made it increasingly necessary to become more efficient. The need for efficiency has spurred the adoption of various forms of precision agriculture technologies. The variability in soil demands that fields be managed as small areas and treated differently according to their individual characteristics. The technology that precision agriculture offers collects immense amounts of data that assists in making field management decisions.
Lake Region State College’s Precision Agriculture program offers core classes to include both theoretical and practical applications with extensive lab and hands on training. Graduates are employed as precision technicians at agronomy centers, as independent precision service providers and more.
The Wind Energy Technician Program at Lake Region State College is the first of its kind in the state of North Dakota. Rapid growth in the wind energy industry has sparked a burgeoning need for technicians. LakeRegion State College has anticipated this emergence of workforce need and has worked closely with industry representatives to design wind energy technician training courses that will prepare students for careers in the wind energy industry. Students in the program will learn how to fix and maintain wind turbines and get hands-on educational experience by working on the actual turbines.
Queens College, City University of New York Climate change and its consequences are becoming the most profound societal challenges in recent human history. Developing Nations and Small Island States are already feeling its impacts and these will become more acute in future decades and for generations to come.
Queens College (QC) of the City University of New York (CUNY) can equip students to assist their respective countries in overcoming these challenges as they move into an uncertain and risk-filled future, by helping them gain intellectual tools required for rational thought and decision making, a solid foundation in the environmental sciences, and an understanding of concepts relating to environmental equity. QC can prepare these students to deal with and overcome the generational challenges of climate change through providing a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research.
An important aspect of the educational success at QC of students from abroad is how comfortable they feel in the educational setting. QC is the most diverse college within CUNY, which is the most diverse and largest urban University in America. Over half of QC’s 19,000 students were born oversees and each year we accept hundreds of foreign students, so we proudly call ourselves College to the World.
All of our students receive an excellent education: Washington Monthly ranked QC number two in the nation for the “Best Bang for the Bucks”; Princeton Review has featured QC in America’s Best Value Colleges every year since its inception; U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges (2014 edition) ranks Queens among the top 10 public universities in its category. Thus, we have a history of excellence in education, and deep experience with multicultural education.
QC’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) and our program in Urban Studies can provide specific educational opportunities relating to climate change for future leaders of Small Island States and Developing Nations. SEES offers BA, BS and MS degrees in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology and Environmental Geosciences. Climate change is a focus across many of our courses, in our laboratories and field research programs, and through our capstone program in Environmental Problem Solving (EPS).
For the past seven years EPS has emphasized problems relating to climate change. In 2014 EPS students won second place in the EPA’s national competition, Campus RainWorks Challenge, with a design for a 1.4MW photovoltaic installation integrated with rainwater capture and on-campus infiltration. The project would decrease our carbon footprint and reduce runoff to the New York City combined sewer system. Not only was the project successful in the competition, but the PV installation is now being developed by the university. This is just one example of how our students are prepared to work on real-world solutions to climate-related issues.
Climate change is increasingly viewed as a major risk factor in urban environments and especially for mega-cities in developing nations and small island states. We are initiating a 5-yrear BS/MS program in Managing Environmental Risk (MER) through our existing program in Risk Management within QC’s Department of Economics. MER curriculum draws on our faculty members who are engaged in research related to the carbon cycle and climate change including: paleoclimate research in Antarctica, biosphere-atmosphere CO2 flux measurement and modeling across continents, soil carbon cycling within forests, surface runoff from extreme weather events and estuarine pollution, and hurricane impact prediction.
We have active research abroad including groundwater contamination in Bangladesh and marine carbon sequestration in Spain. This year SEES carried out a field geoscience training program in Bangladesh with students from Dhaka University. We also have geoscience field research activities involving scientists in Turkey, Haiti and Japan. Thus, Queens College has a history as a host for students from abroad. These students will be well prepared to return to their homes not only with a solid understanding of climate change and its meaning for their countries, but also with the intellectual potential and specific skills to become leaders in their nations’ efforts to deal with climate change and other problems.
Shepherd University is a public liberal arts university recognized for excellence in student-focused higher education. Over 140 years old, the University is located on the western side of the Potomac River on the border between West Virginia and Maryland. Its location offers access to the academic and career experiences in the greater Washington, DC region and access to the safe and historically and culturally-rich Appalachian region, noted for its difficult past with coal mining and its current advocacy and efforts for environmental preservation and sustainability. Small class sizes facilitate closer and more personalized work with faculty.
Undergraduate studies: Environmental Studies is an inter-disciplinary undergraduate degree program studying the interactions between people and the environment, which includes both natural and human-made aspects. Housed within the University’s Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences, its curriculum draws from biology, chemistry, history, mathematics and engineering. Senior-year capstone courses guide students in developing, analyzing and presenting independent research. Depending upon the student’s interests and goals related to climate change, complementary degree programs are available in Business, Communication and New Media, Computer and Information Sciences, Computer Engineering, and Education.
The Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences has eight laboratories that are dedicated to teaching and research, of which the following would be of special interest for climate change:
Aquatic Sciences Laboratory
Astrophysical Science Laboratory
Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
Geological Sciences Laboratory
Renewable Energy Demonstration Site
Sustainable Systems Laboratory
The formal academic program is supplemented by participation in the Shepherd Environmental Organization, a student organization, and opportunities for internships with regional environmental companies, non-profits and government agencies. Students majoring in Environmental Studies are linked to a range of regional and national environmental training and research facilities that serve as internship host sites in close proximity to campus. Among these are world-class facilities, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Conservation Training Center, the USDA Agricultural Research Service Appalachian Fruit Research Station, and the US Geological Survey Leetown Science Center.
Students also enjoy placement at a range of National Park facilities, including Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry National Park, Chesapeake & Ohio National Canal Park, Shenandoah National Park, Monocacy National Battlefield Park and Catoctin Mountain National Park. Students also enjoy placement at regional and state facilities that include Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission, Jefferson County Planning Commission, Rocky Gap State Park, Sky Meadows State Park, Yankauer Nature Center, Cacapon State Park, Mt. View Solar and Wind, Freshwater Institute and SkyTruth.
Students working with these facilities are mentored by a Shepherd faculty member in an individualized research project and benefit from direct exposure to equipment, field and laboratory techniques and expertise provided by the off-campus facility. Graduate studies: In addition to the Environmental Studies degree program at the undergraduate level, the non-clinical track in the Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree program may be of special interest. Its focus is in administration and leadership. At the masters’ level, Accounting, Health Administration, and Public Management concentrations within the MBA program might also complement previous science-focused education, when the intent is to work in industries outside of research or education.
New Jersey City University (NJCU) is a public urban institution located 15 miles west of New York City in Hudson County, New Jersey. NJCU is the only public, a four-year institution that has been federally designated as a Hispanic-serving Institution. In fact, NJCU is one the most diverse universities in the US with the population of 35% Hispanic, 25% White, 21% Black, 10% other and 9% Asian.
The University is committed to the improvement of the educational, intellectual, cultural, socio-economic, and physical environment of the surrounding urban region and beyond. NJCU gives special emphasis on internationalization, study abroad and campus without border. In summary, NJCU provides a unique combination of urban setting and diverse student body that is ideal for international students from Developing Nations and the Small Island States. Global climate change challenges (such as extreme weather events, sea-level rising, and flooding) are more evident in urban settings where interaction between humans and their surrounding are often adverse.
NJCU offers undergraduate degree programs (e.g., Geoscience: Environmental Science Track; Urban Studies Minor), and a wide range of courses directly and indirectly focuses on causes and consequences of global climate change. NJCU proudly hosts academic experts on environmental geochemistry and health; hydro-geochemistry; surface/coastal processes; public health; and more. NJCU has an impressive technical (GIS) and analytical capacity ( including but not limited to ICP-MS; PXRF, XRD, IC, C-S-N analyzer) to carry out environmental/earth system sciences research. Overall, NJCU offers comprehensive courses and competitive program(s) which will help students to understand global climate challenges as well as potential mitigation alternatives.
Bath Spa University in the UK's university of choice for creativity, culture and enterprise, offering education opportunities across Bachelors, Masters and Research programmes. Our graduates are creative, digital literate, globally connected and are ethically aware and prepared for citizenship in a local, national and global context. ready to take on the future challenges of climate change from a intellectual, economic and social perspective. Young people from Developing Nations and Small Island States can join a number of courses with specific learning outcomes that will prepare them for the global climate change challenge, including: MSc Environmental Management; MA Global Studies; BSc Biology; BSc Global Development and Sustainability; BSc Environmental Science; BSc Geography as well as other disciplines: Education; Heritage; Social Science.
The University of Toledo is a public university in the state of Ohio which enrolls over 20,000 students in 15 academic colleges that span traditional fields of science, business, education, medicine, liberal arts, humanities and law, including degrees in more than 300 areas.
Established in 1872, the university is an integral part of both the state educational system, as well as the life of the region’s 400,000 inhabitants. Courses and research opportunities with specific application to the challenges of climate change include Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Green Chemistry, Geography and Planning, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Law, Environmental Economics, Sustainability and Renewable Energy.
The Toledo region offers potential students an ideal natural laboratory because it is located where unique natural habitats and landforms occur in proximity to high human population and natural resource use. Agriculture, transportation and electric production are significant economic sectors in the region. In addition, the university is near the environmentally sensitive Lake Erie, the most biologically productive area of the Great Lakes. We are committed to providing all students with an excellent educational experience that includes real-life problem solving, as well as field and laboratory work.
The University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma is a high quality selective enrollment residential college especially purposed to offer bright & talented students affordable access to a type of undergraduate experience that is located mostly at elite, expensive institutions. Its curriculum emphasizes science and the arts. All students are required to complete a rigorous core curriculum that extends from freshman through senior years. Many of the core courses are interdisciplinary in their structure and content and taught by teams of faculty. Ninety percent of the faculty possess terminal degrees in their teaching field. USAO is especially concerned to graduate individuals who will perform as responsible and involved citizens for the purpose of improving the communities in which they choose to live.
University of St. Thomas. The Environmental Science program at St. Thomas helps students become future leaders in addressing local and global environmental problems. Our students are main collaborators on impactful research projects that lead to publications, graduate fellowships, and jobs. An example of our hands-on learning that teaches students to contribute to their local communities is our Stewardship Garden.
Since its inception in 2010, the St. Thomas Stewardship Garden has donated more than 4,000 pounds of vegetables to local organizations, allowed for in-depth student research, fostered positive neighbor relations and paved the way for wider Twin Cities community involvement. Originally designed to be an experiment in biodiversity and organic fertilizers’ effect on crop yields, the garden has proven a success on both counts and has since taken root to expand its function, becoming equal parts sustainability, charity and scholarship.
Our Environmental Science program is an integrated program combining the traditional disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and geology and our graduates are well-prepared to face the complex challenges our environment faces due to the continuing expansion of human activities. The hands-on training our students receive makes them well qualified to return to their home countries to assist in overcoming the challenges climate change will deliver in the future.
Colorado State University-Pueblo is a 5,000-student university located in an ethnically diverse area. The International Programs office welcomes students from around the world with a strong support system. CSU-Pueblo offers several bachelor’s and master’s degrees relevant to climate change including biology, business administration, chemistry, economics, engineering, health promotion/wellness, psychology, social work, and sociology. The science, technology, engineering, and math programs have integrated sustainability throughout their programs. Various minors, including sustainability, leadership, and professional writing, are available to students in all undergraduate majors.
Professors are involved in research related to advocacy in social work, globalization, history of industrialization, curanderismo (traditional healing), global communication, human nature and environmental ethics, immigration politics, international conflict and warfighting dynamics, multiracial identity, restorative justice, social movements, sustainability education, biofuels, ecology, ecotoxicology, renewable energy, and water, soil, and air quality, With the education provided via these courses/programs of study, students from across the globe will be better prepared to assist with the climatic changes of their home environments, upon returning to their respective countries.
The University of Karlsruhe was founded in 1825 as a Polytechnical School and has since developed to a modern location of research and education in natural sciences, engineering, economics, social sciences, and the humanities. On October 01, 2009 the University of Karlsruhe merged with the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH to become the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
KIT combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association of German research centres. KIT teaching and research focus on finding solutions to the grand challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment today. Among them, climate change is one of the most urging problems. Therefore, KIT strives to educate young people from all over the world to develop sustainable strategies to manage the challenges of climate change. On a postgraduate level, for instance, KIT’s Master’s degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning educates young academics from developing countries to develop sustainable strategies to counteract the social, economic, political and environmental challenges affecting their home countries, putting a special focus on underdeveloped regions, natural risks and disaster management. This happens by means of an interdisciplinary teaching approach integrating geo, natural, economic and social sciences. As a phenomenon touching all of these fields, climate change plays a key role in this course.
Since its establishment in 1975, hundreds of students from developing countries have successfully graduated and today hold key positions in development aid agencies, international NGOs, political institutions or educational establishments of their home countries, acting as change agents. KIT offers a number of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses as well as PhD programmes which educate students in managing global challenges such as political, social and environmental conflicts often sparked off by climate change. Examples include the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree course in Geoecology, the Master’s degree course in Resources Engineering, the Master’s degree course in Meteorology and the Master’s degree course in Regional Science. Students at KIT profit from the close exchange of research and teaching. KIT’s research fields include topics directly addressing the challenges of climate change such as energy efficiency, future-oriented energy supplies and the role of the atmosphere in the global climate system. These findings are integrated in teaching, enabling students to develop effective strategies to face climate change in their respective countries.
The Universität Leipzig was founded in 1409 making it one of the oldest universities in Germany. In the course of its diverse history, it grew to encompass a wide selection of disciplines comprising almost all areas of knowledge, with a special emphasis on the humanities and the natural sciences. Its mission is to create ‘A Tradition of Crossing Boundaries’.
SEPT is an International Program of the Leipzig University dedicated to the qualification of professionals for developing and promoting Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) worldwide. In order to attend effectively the needs of this sector, SEPT carries out different activities, all of them focused on SMEs. The main product of SEPT is a MBA Program in SME Development, which is the only MBA program worldwide that focuses on the promotion and development of SMEs. The main issues addressed by this MBA are the identification of growth and potential innovation inside SME's, as well as the development of innovative concepts for promoting them and generating positive multiplier effects on their business environments.
Considering the fact that SMEs in Developing Countries are the main driving forces of their development, SEPT-MBA with its expertise and capacities, provides students the understanding of assessing and managing the risks and opportunities posed by different vulnerabilities such as climate change. SEPT believes that those who understand the issues surrounding climate change will be better equipped to reduce any negative impacts and to identify new business opportunities to generate revenue which will eventually lead sustainable growth and sustainable development Worldwide.
The University of Idaho (UI), founded in 1889 in the state of Idaho, USA, is ideally situated to assist young people from Developing Nations and Small Island States in gaining the knowledge needed to face the challenges that will come with climate change. The University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources is the best value for a natural resources and conservation program in the USA, according to USA Today’s College Factual. The college is also ranked 11th in the nation for the quality of its natural resources programs.
We have been teaching natural resource and conservation-based topics for more than 100 years from right here in the heart of some of the country’s biggest and most beautiful natural landscapes. Idaho is an amazing place to learn about natural resources and conservation and to apply that education. The University of Idaho’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was recently awarded a $20 million research grant to provide a comprehensive look at the impacts of climate change on grain production in the Northwest region of the USA.
The need to understand how climate change may affect our future is clear and UI will lead the Regional Approaches to Climate Change for the Pacific Northwest Agriculture project. The University of Idaho’s College of Engineering is among 122 U.S. engineering schools committed to establish special educational programs designed to prepare students to solve the “Grand Challenges” — complex yet achievable goals to improve national and international health, security, sustainability and quality of life in the 21st century. Together, the schools plan to graduate more than 20,000 formally recognized “Grand Challenge Engineers” over the next decade.
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has identified 14 Grand Challenges facing society in this century. The Grand Challenges include multifaceted goals such as engineering better medicines, providing energy from fusion, securing cyberspace, delivering access to clean water, reverse-engineering the brain, and advancing personalized learning. In order to prepare engineering students with the skillset and mindset to meet the challenges over the course of their careers the UI College of Engineering will develop a combined curricular and extra-curricular program designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the Grand Challenges.
“The UI Grand Challenge Scholars program will focus on five key elements: hands-on experience related to a Grand Challenge, interdisciplinary curriculum, entrepreneurship, global complexity and service learning.” said Larry Stauffer, dean of Engineering. “The goal is to graduate over 200 Grand Challenge Engineers from the UI by 2025 who are prepared with the unique combination of skills, motivation and leadership to address the Grand Challenges.” UI offers majors in the following areas (http://www.uidaho.edu/degree-finder/az-index): Agribusiness Agricultural Engineering Agricultural Science, Communication, and Leadership Animal and Veterinary Science Bioenergy Engineering Biological Systems Engineering Ecohydrological Engineering Environmental Engineering Environmental Horticulture Food Science Plant Biotechnology Soil and Land Resources Sustainable Cropping Systems Natural Resource Conservation Ecology & Conservation Biology Environmental Science Conservation social sciences Environmental communication Fire ecology and management Fishery resources Forest operations Forest products business management Forest resources Parks, protected areas and wilderness conservation Rangeland ecology and management Renewable materials Sustainable leisure and tourism enterprises Wildlife resources Biological & Agricultural Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science Electrical Engineering Geological Engineering Industrial Technology Materials Science & Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Flinders University has a long and proud history of supporting scholarship students from developing nations. We offer courses or specialisations in many areas of relevance to overcoming or preventing the effects of climate change, such as Public Administration (Policy and Management), International Relations, International Development; Water Resources Management, Groundwater Hydrology, Aquaculture, Marine Technology, Ocean & Climate Sciences, Biodiversity & Conservation, Clean Technology, and Environmental Management; Applied Population Studies Applied Geographical Information Systems; Screen & Media production; Engineering; Education (esp Leadership & Management) Public Health, Health and Development; Many of our academic and professional staff are born overseas and bring additional international perspectives to the University. We look forward to working with these scholarship students on addressing the many and varied issues related to climate change.
Technical University Darmstadt Water is an essential resource for mankind and nature. One of the specific targets of Goal 7 “Ensuring Environmental Sustainability” of the UN's Millennium Development Goals is to “halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”. Water supply and water management tasks will be even aggravated in the future by climate-change-induced processes.
Many of the most urgent problems in the field of water and energy supply and environmental protection are related to geoscientific issues and require a sound knowledge of the foundation of our material existence: the underground and its special features and processes. Geoscientists investigate the potentials of the subsurface in order to e.g. find fossil fuels, metals and raw materials, exploit groundwater and describe the capacities of different soils and their vulnerabilities, assess land use and planning decisions, etc. Thus geoscientists have the necessary knowledge to balance the challenge of economic growth against ecological needs and social goals.
The Darmstadt Master of Science Course “Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering” (TropHEE) aims at combining a comprehensive understanding of geoscientific fundamentals with a specific focus on issues of application that are essential in hydrogeology and environmental management. In particular, TropHEE concentrates on methods and modern techniques enabling the participants to find ways for a sustainable development of tropical and subtropical countries from a geoscientific point of view.
Although in the broader framework of international development cooperation, the TropHEE course offers a comprehensive, research-oriented education in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geosciences and Engineering on Master level. The students of TropHEE obtain a broad assortment of fundamental knowledge and an excellent theoretical and applied knowledge in the fields of hydrogeology, water management and land use planning with emphasis on geoscientific recommendations. Their scientific competence will be complemented by their competence of methods as well as their understanding of systems. English has been chosen as the course language to allow participants from all over the world to attend the classes without wasting time for language familiarization.
College of New Caledonia Nestled in the heart of Prince George, the College of New Caledonia has played an important role in training and educating residents in northern British Columbia since 1969. CNC’s Natural Resource and Environmental Technology (NRET) program is an excellent option for individuals who want to do meaningful work in the outdoors and have a positive effect on the environment by working on real world applied problems.
Courses and activities provided through the program are practical in nature and are responsive to community needs and interests while maintaining an underlying educational value. Students study wildlife and fish habitat, bird identification, indigenous plants, First Nations, outdoor recreation/tourism, and Earth sciences. Those courses complement a core of traditional forest-based courses that include technical skills of measurements, protection/health, forest operations and silviculture, all built on a basis of understanding of ecology, aerial photography, plant biology, soils, math and English, digital mapping, and GIS.
The University of Missouri offers a number of undergraduate and graduate academic programs that are pertinent to climate research, climate change and climate change mitigation: - Soil, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences - Biological Sciences - Civil Engineering - Food Science - Water Resources - Agriculture - Fisheries and Wildlife (this program is part of the USGS, Northeast Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center) - Forestry - Agricultural Economics - Rural Sociology - Geography The University has extensive experience training students from underdeveloped nations to solve local problems while also contributing to the international knowledge base regarding climate change.
Urbana University Founded in 1850, Urbana University has a long, proud history of educating students. The University is located in beautiful Urbana, Ohio, where you can experience the very best of Midwestern U.S. values, friendly people and a wonderful quality of life.
Sustainability at Urbana University: Urbana University is committed to incorporating the tenets of sustainability in all that we do, including our infrastructure and grounds management, academic programming, and adult and continuing education. In keeping with that commitment, Urbana University became the first university to gain recognition by the International Sustainability Council by developing a Sustainability Charter. We also developed an Urbana University Sustainability Report. Urbana University's strives towards a sustainable campus.
In November 2012, the university added a solar panel array on campus that provides approximately 15% of the University's electricity needs, but more importantly shows our commitment to sustainability.
Core Sustainability Beliefs:
Sustainability calls for internalizing all costs, including those imposed on social and environmental systems, and attaining profitability.
A free enterprise system and governance, with leaders who are informed and who embrace a stewardship ethic, best ensures sustainability.
Sustainable leadership is both necessary and critical to creating successful enterprises that will prevail over time. World Climate Change Challenge Programs at Urbana University: Students interesting in participating in the World Climate Change Challenge scholarship program can select from a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs at Urbana University.
Programs of interest may include:
Undergraduate BS/BA programs:
Agribusiness o Science-Biology
Science-Chemistry o Self-Design (environmental and science courses)
Liberal Studies (sciences, mathematics, and environmental courses)
MBA with Sustainability Track
Masters of Education with Sustainability Track (to prepare educators to teach sustainability)
Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness: The Agribusiness major at Urbana University offers the opportunity to blend natural resource management, food systems and production information with the fundamentals of agribusiness – economics, management, marketing, sales and entrepreneurship. You’ll learn about maintaining a balance between environmental protection and sustainable business. Being a small college in a rural farming community, Urbana is uniquely suited to educate you in the farm-to-table process.
At Urbana, you’ll have access to faculty members who are eager to share the breadth of their experience with you. Our Agribusiness program teaches you the fundamentals – and lets you roll up your sleeves and put that knowledge into practice with valuable field experiences. With farms close at hand, rural Urbana, Ohio is the perfect setting to learn this business. You’ll get hands-on farm experience and choose related courses in crop and animal science, international trade and agricultural policy. You will learn decision-making skills vital to manufacturing, processing, transportation, sales and international trade and learn how technology is changing this rapidly expanding field.
Bachelor of Science General Science Majors--Biology or Chemistry: As a general science major at Urbana you’ll get a personalized and enhanced learning experience. Small classes enable you to work closely with your professors on class projects, research projects, and special interests to build knowledge you’ll use long after graduation. Your Senior Science Seminar gives you the opportunity to complete a research program of your choice and present your hard work to the Urbana faculty and student body. While not mandatory, internships also provide a great way for you to apply your learning in a professional environment before you step into your career.
The Chemistry major provides a heavy emphasis on math and chemistry to lead students towards careers as a lab technician, chemist, or research specialists.
The Biology major provides students to study life and environmental sciences to become natural resource managers or sustainability analysts.
Graduate Sustainability Management Certificate Program: This graduate certificate program equips students to meet the growing demand for more efficient management of the limited resources in our world today. In obtaining this certificate, students learn and apply principles of sustainable management of resources and opportunities based on a triple-bottom-line perspective. They obtain and demonstrate the ability to manage trade-offs among social, economic, and environmental values and resources that are critical to the promotion of a sustainably productive future.
About Urbana University: Urbana is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Urbana, Ohio, on a campus that is small enough to foster close connections between faculty and students, and large enough to provide cutting-edge programs. It was the second institution of higher education in Ohio to admit women and the first in the state to offer a nontraditional degree completion program. Our vibrant 128-acre campus in west central Ohio is situated in a small town with the convenience of being less than an hour from the major metropolitan areas in Ohio.
Urbana University students are a diverse group who come from Ohio, the Midwest, and countries around the world. The University currently serves more than 1,800 students from around the world. Known for innovative academic programs that feature personal attention from faculty, the University offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and several graduate degrees, delivering course work in class, online, or a combination of both. Blue Knights athletics includes 15 NCAA Division II sports along with intercollegiate bowling, cheerleading, dance, and shooting sports.
Eckerd College is a private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences on the Gulf Coast of Florida with students from 48 U.S. states and 40 countries. Eckerd College’s values—residential, global, spiritual, environmental and personal—mirror those of the Green Climate Fund Scholarship Pilot Program (UNGCFSPP).
Environmental studies, study abroad and service-learning are cornerstones of the student experience at Eckerd College, which is, and has been repeatedly, one of just 40 colleges and universities featured in Loren Pope’s respected book Colleges That Change Lives.
Beginning with our distinctive three-week Autumn Term for first-year students, Eckerd College guides students on a four-year journey of discovery, with small classes, professor-mentors, and a commitment to community service and study abroad. Eckerd College alumni from throughout the world are contributing to the challenges of climate change through their roles as educators, scientists, organizers, writers, lawyers, economists and more.
Eckerd College will offer UNGCFSPP scholars an opportunity to attend a college that is nationally renowned for its numerous attributes and accomplishments. We are one of only ten percent of US colleges and universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and among the institutions featured in the Princeton Review’s The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Of particular relevance to UNGCFSPP scholars, Eckerd College is also listed in the Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition and as a leading environmental studies school by the Fiske Guide to Colleges: 2015 Edition. We are the number one producer of Hollings Scholars since the inception of the program in 2005 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moreover, Eckerd College is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
Eckerd College is known as a model for campus leadership and education. The Office of Sustainability coordinates the development and implementation of policies and practices related to campus sustainability and provides students with opportunities to engage in environmental awareness activities. Eckerd College students have opportunities to study abroad for a month, a semester, or a year through International Education programs located all over the world, including Developing Countries and Small Island States. Foreign language study, cross-cultural courses, and courses in international business and in international relations and global affairs offer students additional opportunities to pursue international interests and learn about problems such as climate change from a global perspective.
Eckerd College’s Reflective Service Learning experience offers students opportunities to engage in service early on and throughout their tenure at Eckerd College. Students may choose environmentally themed service-learning projects and learn about climate change from a community perspective. During spring break, Eckerd College offers week long service learning projects in local, national and international settings. Members from Eckerd College’s Academy of Senior Professionals (ASPEC), including experts from the US Trade Representative’s Office, the State Department, the Food and Agriculture Organization, offer intergenerational learning to current students. ASPEC members serve as “discussant colleagues" in classroom courses and serve as lecturers and discussion leaders in a variety of other campus settings.
UNGCFSPP scholars will find a welcome and supportive environment at Eckerd College. Our International Student Services Office provides information and resources for international students throughout the school year and beyond.
Eckerd College offers the following courses, among others, that will offer excellent training to UNGCFSPP Scholars:
Economics readies students to apply economic theory to real-life problems such as climate change. Economics majors at Eckerd College have the opportunity to take highly specialized courses relevant to addressing climate change, including: Leadership, Environmental Economics and International Economics.
Environmental Studies equips students with analytical tools and skills to understand and solve problems related to the natural environment and the relationship of human beings to the natural environment. Students study the built and natural environment; learn about human views and interactions with nature; and examine ways that politics, economics, the sciences, history, ethics and philosophy influence human behavior in the natural world. This major offers the breadth and depth of interdisciplinary inquiry, integrating knowledge across the natural sciences, behavioral sciences and humanities.
Geosciences trains students to become professional scientists capable of conducting research in terrestrial and marine geologic environments. Students majoring in geosciences gain knowledge regarding fundamental concepts of Earth systems history, structures, materials and processes, as well as research methods employed by geoscientists. In addition, geosciences students develop scientific communication skills.
International Relations and Global Affairs provides students with an understanding of the international political and economic factors, relationships, and issues shaping today's global community. Students majoring in international relations and global affairs will gain competency in international political, economic, and foreign policy analysis, proficiency in a foreign language, and skills in research, writing, and oral communication. Students will also gain practical experience in international relations through their work in their practicum. Students will be prepared to go on to graduate study in international relations, the Foreign Service, or law. They will also be well prepared for a career in the international non-governmental community, service organizations, interest groups, or journalism.
Marine Science prepares students to solve complex environmental problems and scientific problems through a hands-on approach that blends liberal arts and science. Our unique curriculum offers four areas of specialization: Marine Biology, Marine Chemistry, Marine Geology and Marine Geophysics. In addition to these disciplines, we offer a broad range of elective courses, internship and research opportunities, and study abroad programs. Our ideal waterfront location near the Gulf of Mexico allows us to utilize the surrounding coastal environments in our courses and research programs, making it a perfect place to study marine science.
Political Science develops engaged and aware graduates who understand politics and government at both the national and international levels and who are prepared for careers or further study in graduate, law and other professional schools. Our political science students have the opportunity to specialize in several subfields that will prepare them to address climate change, including comparative politics, international relations and political theory.
Pre-Law offers a variety of pre-law tracks to allow students to tailor a pre-law major to meet their own professional ambitions. We offer an ideal environment for pre-law students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for admission to law school and to perform well in the legal profession. Eckerd College’s location in a major metropolitan area permits access to area courts and other legal organizations for both study and employment purposes.
University of Hawaii at Hilo Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, the University of Hawaii at Hilo is an ideal place for students to study climate change. UH Hilo offers particularly strong academic programs in the sciences, especially in marine science, environmental sciences, biology, geology, geography and tropical agriculture. UH Hilo not only provides excellent classroom instruction, but also engages students in applied learning that links theory with “hands-on” practice.
A range of internships and research opportunities are available to students, enabling them to gain “real world” experience. UH Hilo also values indigenous perspectives on environmental concepts, issues, stewardship and sustainability. UH Hilo recently became a partner with the Pacific Island Climate Science Center (PICSC). This partnership enables UH Hilo to develop collaborative programs that focus on strengthening the community’s resiliency in the face of a changing climate.
Over the next several years, UH Hilo will focus PICSC support on the following programs to build effective partnerships, collaboratively develop innovative adaptation approaches and tools, and engage and prepare the next generation of climate scientists and leaders in these efforts:
Climate Toolkit Courses: Short-term courses that will focus on tools related to climate assessment and visualization, decision-making and communication.
Manager Climate Corps: A program with the island’s resource managers that engages them in discussions on a broad range of climate change and adaptation information, tools and plans.
Graduate Student Support: Support for graduate students engaged in climate research projects.
Graduate Boot Camp: A climate “boot camp” for graduate students working in different sectors and research areas.
The PICSC is a partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and University of Guam, along with other collaborators including the Carnegie Institution for Science, Pacific Regional Integrated Science and Assessment program, Yale University, Stanford University, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the USDA Forest Service.
The faculty of UH Hilo are highly qualified, recognized experts in their disciplines. They are committed to quality education as a priority, placing a special emphasis on teaching and student-teacher interaction. Classes are generally small, enabling students to get to know their professors well and interact with them. UH Hilo takes pride in its faculty’s research and scholarly accomplishments. Faculty use the diverse natural, physical, cultural, and economic resources of Hawaii Island as a laboratory to investigate issues that are important locally, nationally, and globally. Faculty excel at combining teaching and research in the undergraduate experience as well as in the graduate experience. Students from countries outside the United States feel welcome and at home at UH Hilo.
The University values the diverse campus community as a vital contribution to the learning environment. Hawaiʻi County is the most ethnically diverse county in the country; it is thus no surprise that UH Hilo enjoys an unusually diverse student body. UH Hilo thrives on Hawaiʻi’s rich cultural heritage and history of cooperation among ethnic groups. The University is committed not only to being responsive to the needs of a diverse student population, but also to creating a learning environment that fosters intercultural understanding, appreciation, and respect.
The University offers a wide range of services and programs to support international students and ensure that they are successful. UH Hilo offers bachelor’s degree programs in the following fields relevant to the study of climate change:
In addition, UH Hilo offers a master’s degree program in
Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science
Franklin University is located in Columbus, Ohio, which is a center of government and research that is closely connected to the agriculture belt of the United States. Choose Franklin University and you’ll experience an intense and sincere focus on you, your education, and your career goals to help your local communities and country in sustaining the environment for today and the future.
At Franklin, we will help you develop the skills you need to stand out in a world of ever-changing expectations and demands. We provide the innovative, relevant and up-to-date knowledge that employers and governments seek to tackle the environmental concerns of tomorrow.
You will learn to apply critical-thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills with an emphasis on current trends in the environmental world—from scientific, social, and business perspectives. Plus, our strong, mutually beneficial business and industry relationships help us design coursework and internship opportunities that blends theory with real-world practice.
Annually, Franklin University serves nearly 10,000 students from across the country and around the world. We serve students from over 60 countries who are in the U.S. and abroad. Students attend classes on our main campus located on 14 acres in downtown Columbus and online.
The latest technology is used with all courses to enhance the student’s learning experiences and access to the most current and relevant resources for use in academic studies. Franklin University offers an undergraduate degree in Energy Management and Interdisciplinary Studies that can be customized to focus on science and environmental-related course offerings. Each of the programs have the opportunity for working with local agencies and business and internships to apply what is learned in the classroom to real-world applications.
Eastern Washington University, is a regional leader in addressing climate change both in the classroom and as a campus. We offer rigorous coursework in the STEM fields, Public Health, and Urban and Regional Planning taught by professors who are passionate about addressing the challenges that climate change presents.
The Eastern classroom experience promotes discussion innovative thinking about solutions for this worldwide phenomenon. Our campus held its First Annual Sustainability Symposium in February, 2014, titled “Education & Adaptation for Sustainability,” and brought together intellectuals, experts, practicing professionals, student and faculty groups, farmers, stakeholders, and community business representatives to share ideas and collaborate around sustainability.
At EWU, we believe that it is our responsibility to educate on the importance of sustainability and the broader issue of climate change and inspire student engagement on campus and throughout the greater community.
Montpellier SupAgro is a European higher education institution totally specialised in post graduate education in agriculture and sustainable management of natural resources. More especially, within Montpellier SupAgro, its Institute for Higher Education in Tropical Agri-food Industry & Rural Development is offering a number of courses specifically dedicated to agriculture in the developing countries.
It offers MSc on Agronomy and Agrifood Sciences and Technology, with a major on Resources, Agricultural Systems and Development, and another one on Livestock Production in Tropical and Subtropical Regions, both offered in french language, that can respond to training needs from Francophone Africa in particular. For english speaking students, a MSc in sustainable agricultural development would provide all the important tools and practical "climate smart" co ncepts and methodologies for action, both for mitigation and adaptation.
Furthermore, Montpellier Supagro, will launch in November 2015, during the COP 21 in Paris, a new European MSc Agriculture, Climate change, Transitions, leading to a joint degree with four other EU Universities that will start in september 2016. Several majors are optional in this course covering a wide range of the skills and competences needed for Climate smart action : risk management, climate smart intensification of agricultural systems, modelisation of agroclimatic impact on agriculture, innovation support and management, agricultural policies for climante change mitigatin and adaptation.
All these training courses will be largely open to candidates from the developping countries and Small Islands States. Cooperation with developing countries universities on the topic of Climate Change and Agriculture is strongly developped and generates candidates, exchanges of students and staff with more than 25 countries from Eastern and Western Africa, South east Asia, and Latin America. Research opportunities in countries different from their home country will be widely offered to students registered in these courses.
The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) sees itself as a teaching and research center for renewable resources that are necessary for human life. BOKU's objective is to contribute to the conservation and protection of resources for future generations by providing diversity in its fields of study. Combining natural sciences, engineering and economic sciences, we aim to increase knowledge of the ecologically and economically sustainable use of natural resources, and to provide a harmoniously cultivated landscape.
An important feature of BOKU's research lies in its recognition of future problems such as climate change, and our efforts to provide and stimulate practical relevance, internationality and among disciplines. Interdisciplinary cooperation of scientists on an international level helps raise comprehensive questions about the future of our planet and leads to innovative problem solving. BOKU students learn how to face future challenges and find solutions.
BOKU offers programs in the fields of Forestry and Wood Science, Water Management, Agriculture, Food Chemistry and Biotechnology, Natural Resources Management and Ecological Engineering, Landscape Design and Landscape Planning, and Environment and Bio-Resources Management. We teach state of the art content and current issues that are based on dynamic research and a high level of practical relevance using modern didactic methods. This motivates our students and graduates to develop their own ideas and understand complex interdisciplinary relationships.
University of Arkansas, That 'students-first' philosophy is a big reason why the U of A is consistently ranked among the nation's top public research universities and best values. We work hard to ensure a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes plenty of personal attention and mentoring opportunities. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the university as having "the highest possible level of research," placing us among the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide.
The University of Arkansas boasts a tradition unique among the nation's universities: Senior Walk, consisting of more than three miles of sidewalks crisscrossing campus that are engraved with the names of more than 170,000 graduates, dating back nearly 140 years. It’s concrete proof of the university’s commitment to our students.Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas is the flagship of the University of Arkansas System. Our 26,000 students represent all 50 states and more than 120 countries. The U of A has 10 colleges and schools offering more than 210 academic programs. The University of Arkansas is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Our picturesque campus is located in Fayetteville in the hilly northwest corner of Arkansas and includes two arboreta overlooking the Ozark Mountains. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus. Fayetteville is routinely considered among the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S.
Europa-Universität Flensburg, The global M.Eng. programme "Energy and Environmental Management in Developing Countries" at the Europa-Univerität Flensburg has a 25 year history of educating decision makers trained in sustainable energy solutions in the Global South. The interdisciplinary programme combines engineering of renewable energy and energy efficiency, planning and policy making, as well as intercultural project management. Problem-based and community-oriented learning experiences in small groups, an active alumni network, and a Flensburg mentor family programme make EEM an attractive programme to meet the challenges of energy poverty, equality and climate change.
Thompson Rivers University, TRU has established Strategic Priorities to guide our programming. TRU continues to prioritize initiatives that mutually benefit the university and the communities we serve in the context of (among others): cultural and social sustainability of our communities as well as environmental sustainability.
TRU's Academic Plan requires that, in the development of academic programs and curriculum, priority is given to the development of programs and curriculum in the context of the following four academic themes: (1) Science, Technology and Applied Skills in Society, (2) Power, Politics and Social Justice, (3) Health, Well-being and Leisure and (4) Environmental, Social and Cultural Sustainability. University operations and programs are informed by the values of the four pillars of sustainability--environmental, economic, social & cultural--particularly in interdisciplinary contexts.
Students at TRU have the opportunity to participate in climate change research at a very grass roots level, in collaboration with TRU Faculty. TRU researchers like Dr. Lachlan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Community and Ecosystem Ecology, and Dr. John Church, BC Regional Innovation Chair in Cattle Industry Sustainability, are collaborating on the economic and environmental sustainability of the ranching industry, including stewardship of rangeland, meat health and quality, and greenhouse gas emissions. Responding to climate change at the community level, Dr. Julie Drolet is researching strategies for small communities locally and internationally to proactively address and mitigate the impact of climate related disasters.
TRU owns and operates the Wells Gray Education and Research Centre. Bordering the edge of the property is 500 hectares of crown land officially designated for educational and research purposes. Trails lead from the Centre, through Crown Land, to the 550,000 hectare Wells Gray Provincial Park. Wells Gray and vicinity are an ecologist's and naturalist's paradise. A geological past which includes volcanoes and glaciers as well as a recent history of fires and windstorms have created a mosaic of habitats supporting diverse ecological communities. The Centre has developed a network of survey trails and sampling sites for teaching the classification of ecosystems and the habitat requirements of wildlife. Old growth forests and pioneer communities all lie within a few minutes of the Centre's doorstep.
Annually, close to 1,200 user days are logged in at the Centre; much of this use by TRU's own faculty and students. For instance, in early summer students and instructors are in residence at the Centre to participate in the course "Field Methods in Terrestrial Ecology". Throughout the fall and winter semesters, the Centre is also used by botany, forest ecology, and wildlife biology courses for weekend field trips. Numerous researchers from TRU and other Universities in the western provinces have also made use of the facilities to study the diverse pristine habitats nearby.
A sampling of programs offered by TRU that will qualify for students applying for the World Climate Change Scholarship include, but are certainly not limited to: Master of Science in Environmental Science: Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is ideally located to study environmental issues because of its proximity to a wide variety of diverse regional ecosystems. Kamloops is a small city of approximately eighty thousand people centred in the Southern Interior of British Columbia.
The Thompson/Okanagan region and neighbouring Cariboo Plateau provides rare native grassland ecosystems, freshwater wetlands, lakes and rivers, and a rich diversity of forested ecosystems, all within easy access of TRU, as well as mountain and ocean ecosystems within a few hours’ drive. The location of the University also provides collaborative potential with a number of neighbouring institutions and agencies, such as B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range, Agriculture Canada Research Station, B.C. Ministry of Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, B.C. Grassland Conservation Council, and Ducks Unlimited Canada.
The TRU MSc in Environmental Sciences program fills local, regional, provincial, national and international needs for environmental professionals. The program is designed to produce graduates who are innovative and have multi-disciplinary skills and broad knowledge in the field of environmental science. It is structured to be unique, flexible and relevant.
Bachelor of Science in Biology: A rigorous program providing students both depth and breadth in their science education. Students also have extensive opportunities for practical experience and to work with internationally recognized professor-researchers across a spectrum of disciplines. Graduates have gone on to careers in resource management, biotechnology, wildlife management and more.
Honours and Directed Studies in Biological Sciences: Students undertake a major research project in their final year of studies. This option is designed to allow students to undertake an investigation on a specific topic of interest to them. The research is guided by fully qualified faculty Bachelor of Arts with Geography and Environmental Studies: The Geography program at TRU has strong teaching and research expertise in sustainable urban and rural landscapes, environmental geography, economic geography, hydrology, climatology, geomorphology and emerging geomatic technologies, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Graduates from this program typically find employment or further study opportunities in the fields of urban and regional planning, environmental consulting, policy development, environmental law, water resources research, mine reclamation, environmental assessment, and earth science, including hydrology, meteorology and geomorphology Bachelor of Natural Resource Science:
By understanding the scientific, economic, and social basis of natural resource issues, graduates of this program are able to effectively interface between diverse interest groups, all having a stake in how our terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are managed. Courses and field work dealing with management of the various sectors gives students technical skills in a wide variety of management disciplines. Upon graduation, students will have acquired a wide range of technical abilities in assessing the status of ecosystems. This assessment covers aspects such as forestry, fisheries, range, and recreation.
Water and Wastewater Technology: Water sustains life. Students learn how to help sustain our precious water supplies. Students gain job-ready skills in protecting drinking water quality, safeguarding water resources and ensuring the sustainability of the water supplies that are crucial to public health and the environment. Students study environmental law, occupational health and safety, communications, and utility management, and learn how to operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment, distribution, re-use, and disposal facilities, as well as monitor source water quality. Students receive hands-on training in the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of water systems, in the state-of-the-art Kamloops Centre for Water quality.
Florida International University (FIU) is located in South Florida, a geographic region that has been, is and will be exposed to impacts of climate change particularly in the form of hurricanes and sea level rise. FIU’s researchers engage in scientific inquiry and development of mitigation practices that bring real-world solutions to our local and global communities. Alongside our faculty, students make discoveries and develop solutions in dedicated interdisciplinary teams in focus areas such as the Extreme Events Institute, the International Hurricane Research Center, the Southeast Environmental Research Center, the Global Water for Sustainability Program, the Center for the Study of Matter at Extreme Conditions, the Applied Research Center, and our Wall of Wind.
Colorado State University Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation's leading research universities. CSU is located, in northern Colorado at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the base of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to tackling critical local and global issues, CSU faculty provide an enriching and rewarding student learning experience. The approach — based on the land-grant philosophy — combines intellectual classroom pursuits with hands-on experience in the field and laboratory.
Our School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) is an umbrella organization encompassing all research and education that deals with the complex environmental, economic, and societal issues of sustainability. The School was uniquely designed to reach across disciplines and colleges to forge new alliances and advance greater understanding of the challenges to achieving sustainability faced by our nation and global community. SoGES is meeting this challenge and remains at forefront of addressing the world's sustainability issues through research, education, and outreach.
Climate change and Energy issues are intricately linked together and infuse every part of our everyday lives. Thus understanding energy supply and demand and the demographic, socio-economic and technological forces that affect and are affected by climate change and energy issues is not merely an engineering challenge or an environmental challenge.
Climate change impacts, adaptation, and mitigation feedback onto issues of energy; both are sustainability challenges that require insights from disciplines across campus. In each of the eight colleges at Colorado State University our students can follow a path of study that addresses climate change and an understanding to the continually change Earth system.
Some of those courses, programs, and certificates are: * College of Agricultural Sciences offers Soils, Land Use and Climate Change Concentration: an undergraduate degree concentration that bridges agriculture with climate change science and economics. * College of Business offers a Certificate in Sustainability: The Business Essentials. How does sustainability effect the organization? When do individual attitudes and business acumen converge? This intensive three-day program will introduce participants to the global trends and market realities of sustainability. Learn how business leaders can reduce cost, reduce risk, and drive innovation in a fast globalizing world. * College of Engineering offers Physical Basis of Climate Change: Energy budget of the earth, the greenhouse effect, carbon cycle, paleoclimate, projections of 21st century climate. * College of Liberal Arts offers Sociology of Disaster: this course is to introduce students to the sociological examination of disasters. Students study conflict models and theories of social vulnerability that emphasize social, economic, geographical, political, and cultural factors that put people differentially at risk before, during, and after disasters. * Warner College of Natural Resources offers Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Implications.
These are only a few of the paths that a student can follow to understand and seek solutions to the effects of climate change. Colorado State University's historic strength in environmental research and education on climate issues affecting land, water and energy supplies not only advances scientific understanding, it also cultivates the next generation of students and scientific workforce.
Saint Michael’s College, a top 100 national liberal arts university in greater Burlington, Vermont, USA, enjoys a well-deserved reputation for valuing and promoting environmental sustainability as an integral component of its interdisciplinary curricular and co-curricular programming in environmental studies and sciences. Saint Michael’s is also especially well-suited to assist young people from developing Nations and Small Island States develop the qualifications and experience to respond effectively to climate change and related environmental challenges through its tradition of close faculty-student interaction, advising and mentoring, undergraduate research, service learning and social justice ethos and mission.
Through the integrated efforts of the Environmental Studies Program, the Office of Sustainability, the Wilderness Program and the student-run Green Up club, Saint Michael’s is well positioned to be a leader promoting the goals of the World Climate Change Challenge. As a recent recipient of an Environmental Protection Agency grant, through the Campus Environmental Sustainability Program, Saint Michael’s has expanded the number of courses across its curriculum that address the challenges of climate change and water quality through service-learning projects in the greater Burlington, Vermont community.
Saint Michael’s offers two majors that would be of particular relevance to the World Climate Change Challenge:
B.A. in Environmental Studies
The Environmental Studies major, one of the largest and most popular majors on campus, is especially innovative in its integrative learning approach to an interdisciplinary environmental education, offering students three tracks: 1) environmental science and policy; 2) environmental sustainability and justice; and 3) environmental imagination. In addition to these curricular pathways, which promote an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the challenge of domestic and global sustainability, students are required to participate in co-curricular opportunities through environmental policy internships, academic study trips, community engaged or service learning as well as collaborative research with faculty.
B.S. in Environmental Science
The Environmental Science major gives students the opportunity to improve their scientific understanding of the human impact on our natural world and to engage in environmental problem-solving. It is an interdisciplinary major, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum is strongly rooted in chemistry and biology, and incorporates courses from our vibrant Environmental Studies program and from the humanities and social sciences.
Saint Michael’s College also offers numerous opportunities to participate in sustainability and environmental justice projects on campus such as recycling and energy efficiency, working in the organic garden, and activism through environmentally-conscious clubs such as Green Up, Food for Thought, the Fair Trade Committee and the Divestment Campaign.
Our location in the greater Burlington, Vermont area—considered one of the most sustainable cities in the United States and orientation towards environmental sustainability and outdoor recreation between the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont, Saint Michael’s is uniquely positioned to be a partner in the World Climate Change Challenge.
The University of Massachusetts Boston has built a distinctive reputation for offering innovative interdisciplinary programs for a highly diverse and inclusive student population. UMass Boston is located along the Columbia Point Harbor in the beautiful global city of Boston. The university is committed to providing a first-class education to all students, and to support and nurture their critical thinking along with their commitment to social responsibility and community engagement.
UMass Boston has a wide range of academic programs that address different critical issues related to impact, mitigation, and adaptation to climate change, including environmental health and safety as well as global governance and sustainability. In particular, the School for the
Environment integrates natural and social sciences, liberal arts, governance, and business that yields new knowledge about the quality of our environment and the sustainable use of its resources. It focuses on promoting integrated science, planning, policy, and education for understanding earth-system processes and managing complex interactions between human activities (e.g., urbanization) and natural processes (e.g., carbon cycling) in linked watershed and coastal marine systems. The school's strong interdisciplinary approach (natural and social sciences) and its focus on linked watershed-coastal systems are unique.
The School for the Environment offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in environmental science; minors in clean energy and sustainability, environmental science, and geospatial analysis and modeling for the environment; and a specialized undergraduate certificate program in clean energy and sustainability. Furthermore, M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs are offered, and these are also interdisciplinary, designed to integrate principles, concepts, and methods from the natural and social sciences to provide students with a real-world context and understanding of the links between human societies and the ecological systems of which they are a part. Accordingly, the work of faculty and students is global by its very nature, and so are our research sites, ranging from local to global; for example, from enabling coastal community resilience right here in Boston Harbor to the impacts of climate change on coral reef ecosystems in other continents.
The School for the Environment, along with various associated centers and institutes, as well as academic programs in various academic departments including biology, conservation, policy, governance, business, education, and governance, among others, will provide unique and innovative educational experiences and skill sets to our students so that they can meet the challenges of climate change and find appropriate and effective solutions. UMass Boston is eager to participate in the World Climate Change Challenge (WCCC), and will enthusiastically support WCCC’s bold initiative to support higher education in developing countries.
The University of the West of England, Bristol is committed to ensuring that all its students, irrespective of their programme of study, are introduced to the ideas of sustainable development during their degree programme. In the most recent year of analysis 96% of our students were able to consider issues of sustainability within a framework of the guidelines published by the UK Quality Assurance Agency and the Higher Education Academy.
The university offers degrees in a wide range of relevant subjects concerned with the management of the built and natural environments that consider issues of mitigation of greenhouse gases and /or adaptation to a changing climate. Our degrees are accredited by UK professional bodies including RIBA, RICS, IET, RTPI, IES and IEMA amongst others.
Relevant undergraduate degrees include Architecture, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Biology, Building Services Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Resource Management, Environmental Science, Geography, River and Coastal Management, Urban Planning, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science.
The depth of UWE’s provision will enable students from Least Developed Countries and Small Island States to develop relevant skills, knowledge and qualifications necessary to assist their home country in adapting to future climate change. The University has been designated an Outstanding Earth Champion by the Earth Champions Foundation; is a signatory of the Talloires declaration; has made a commitment as part of the UN Rio +20 process to ensure its students are able to engage with the ideas and meaning of living and working sustainability; is a member of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges; a member of the UK and Ireland Chapter of PRME (Principles of Responsible Management in Business), the United Nations-supported framework for Higher Education Institutions and regularly offers the opportunity to staff and students to take part in the UNESCO supported Sustainability Literacy Test.
The City of Bristol has been designated European Green Capital 2015 by the European Commission. The University played a central role in providing the evidence of the sustainability credentials of the city and provided financial and intellectual resources to support the bidding process. The University is committed to ensuring that that current and future students are able to build on the achievement of the Green Capital award.
Camosun College (Camosun) is a public college on the west coast of Canada, with a student satisfaction rate of 93% and recognized as one of the most innovative post-secondary institutions in the country. Situated in Victoria, the scenic provincial capital of British Columbia, Camosun is the largest comprehensive college in British Columbia (BC). Established in 1971, Camosun offers over 160 programs and serves over 18,000 learners annually in certificate, diploma, apprenticeship, applied degree, and post-degree diploma programs through the:
School of Access;
School of Business;
School of Arts and Science;
School of Trades and Technology;
School of Health and Human Services; and
Centre for Sport and Exercise Education.
Camosun welcomes over 1,200 international students from nearly 60 different countries to our two modern campuses: the Lansdowne Campus and the Interurban Campus, both located in park-like settings with a full breadth of amenities and student services. Educational excellence at Camosun is complemented by a wide range of student support services, which are provided through dedicated centres. This includes academic advising, assessment and placement through the Student Services Hub; study writing and mathematical skill development through the Learning Skills Centre; and career counselling, practicum and co-op placements and employment coordination through the Career Centre. Faculty are provided with curriculum services and ongoing professional development through the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). Camosun is also home to centres such as Camosun Innovates (an applied research and learning unit), the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence (PISE), and the Vancouver Island Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping (VICAMP). These unique services, coupled with applied programming, form a comprehensive skills-based educational foundation which enables our students to respond to the current and ever-changing challenges of climate change.
Camosun is interested in accepting students from the developing world, through the UN Green Climate Fund Scholarship Program, into three diploma programs.
Olds College students apply their knowledge of resource management to an international context related to Global sustainability. In our programs, students relate current theories and practices of international development to four global challenges: food security, energy security, access to safe water, global warming, climate change, and the protection of biodiversity. Creative solutions are explored in classes and through a student research projects.
CPIT We are excited to submit our registration as this opportunity aligns with our sustainability aspirations.
James Cook University. Degrees and Courses which will help students from Developing countries and small island states prepare for Climate change. James Cook University (JCU) has extensive capacity in both teaching and research within the area of fundamental climate change, including both natural and anthropogenic, as well as climate change impact and adaptation. JCU offer undergraduate and postgraduate subjects within Environmental Science which focus on developing knowledge of the drivers of climate change, how this has impacted on both natural and social systems and potential mitigation and adaptation options for building and sustaining system resilience. These courses provide the theoretical knowledge through classroom based learning coupled with practical and field applications for developing understanding.
JCU also has internationally regarded Research Centres, which focus on tropical regions and their challenges. This includes delivery of the Natural Ecosystems component of the Natural Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. Across our centres we deliver research initiatives that integrate climate change impact assessment and understanding with developing measures to support resilience and adaptation to change. Complementing this work are our initiatives through centres focussed on developing food security into the future across aquaculture and wild capture fisheries in conjunction with water and climate adaptation initiatives.
A key focus of these centres is the improvement of knowledge and capacity building within developing countries and small Island States.
JCU is a world leader in Climate Change research and this corresponds with the extensive research undertaken on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and the extensive laboratory experiments looking at organisms’ adaptation to rising levels of carbon dioxide, acidification and water temperatures. JCU’s teaching programs in marine sciences cover how the many factors associated with climate change affect the complex GBR ecosystem.
The focus on developing engineering solutions to rising ocean levels, monitoring of infrastructure and building sustainable communities is crucial whether it be our focus on alternative energies, better construction methods or innovative solutions to a range of problems. JCU has a strong set of engineering programs design to prepare student for a changing world.