This innovative program is designed to teach both the theory of effective climate change adaptation as well as the technical skills to implement it. The certificates can be earned individually or stacked to culminate with the capstone class and into a degree. Please note that only select classes from the program are offered each semester.
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Degree and certificate outcomes meet the core competencies developed by the American Society of Adaptation Professionals including risk and vulnerability management, climate related hazards and impacts, adaptation and resilience to climate change, systems thinking, change management, justice and equity, and communication.
Master of Sustainability, Security and Resilience (30 credit hours)
Community Risk and Resilience Certificate (9 credit hours)
ES 5610: Resilience Theory and Practice
Resiliency has emerged as a central concept across a wide variety of fields including city planning, policy analysis, human security, economics, natural resource and environmental management, public services, infrastructure planning, engineering, technology innovation, and indeed, any field dealing with rapidly changing systems. Students unpack and apply ideas in resiliency theory to a broad range of fields of practice, link new theory with application, and gain real world experience in applying these concepts. Students examine resiliency as a general concept, critique the concept as a management approach, and focus on concrete applications.
ES 5640: Risk, Climate Security, and Community Engagement
Climate change and other rapid environmental changes create risk to communities, infrastructure, and human security; managing these climate-related risks requires understanding of the community, its risk perception, and collaborative communication and management planning. Students characterize risk to communities from climate change and explore risk perception theory and methods to manage threats to human security. Students discuss concepts of justice and equity in risks to human security, risk management, and communication. Students explore these particular climate change and environmental challenges through the multidimensional and interdisciplinary lens of human security.
ES 5630: Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience Policy
This course introduces students to the study of climate policy and planning. Students examine the range of mitigation, adaptation and resilience approaches for managing greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change to improve human and environmental security. Students gain an understanding of the implications of climate change science for public policy making and hands-on experience in using climate information for preparing a climate change plan. Students explore a basic overview of public policy theory, discuss various policy options for mitigation and adaptation policy, and gain the skills necessary for incorporating climate into a diverse area of public policy issues. Students are presented with the general theory, analytic frameworks, and specific techniques necessary to analyze climate change policy alternatives within a larger human security framework. The skills learned in this class are applicable to a variety of levels of government planning (local, state and national) as well as across the private, nonprofit and public sectors.