Educating Environmental Leaders

As American colleges and universities prepare to start the Spring Semester, it is an opportune time to discuss the growing list of academic opportunities that are developing around issues of environmental sustainability. The catalog of available courses and areas of study goes well beyond the traditional options such as ‘Environmental Science’ that have long since been a staple at institutions of higher education. A brief internet search will yield a vast and diverse list of undergraduate and graduate-level programs of study that are intended to educate the next generation of environmental leaders.

For example, Columbia University’s ‘School of International and Public Affairs’ offers a MPA in Environmental Science and Policy. The 12-month program integrates environmental science with policy analysis and management principles. Through its Earth Institute, Columbia offers degrees in numerous other areas including: International Energy Management and Policy, Climate and Society, Earth Resources Engineering, and Earth and Environmental Science Journalism. As previously stated, these are just a few of the many opportunities for those interested in pursuing course work related to the environment. In fact, we would like to hear from our readers about any relevant programs and experiences. Leave a comment, and help inform those who might wish to pursue a similar path of higher learning.