Fall Courses for the Certificate in Environmental Sustainability and the Psychology Department

The Earth Institute is pleased to share with you the following information on fall courses:

Center for Environmental Research and Conservation: Certificate Program 2010 Fall courses:


Course 1: Introduction to Ecology

Dates: Tuesdays, 6-8PM – September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5

Instructor: Jenna Lawrence, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University

This course examines ecological hierarchy, from the species level through populations, communities, and ecosystems. Key ecological principles are then illustrated with applied examples that provide students with the tools to evaluate environmental issues.


Course 2: Market-Based Approaches to Conservation

Dates: Tuesdays, 6-8:30PM – September 8, 22, 29, October 6

Instructor: Richard Weihe, Managing Director, Karbone

This course introduces students to the primary market-based methods used to address pollution abatement and conservation targets. To further develop an understanding of the potential of environmental markets, students will explore the feasibility of creating new markets to address existing pollution and other environmental conditions.


Course 3: Water and Sustainability

Dates: Wednesdays, 6-8PM – September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7

Instructor: Michael Puma, Research Scientist, NASA / Goddard Institute of Space Studies, Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR), Columbia University

Ecosystems provide many water-related services ranging from water supply to flood control. These hydrologic services are interrelated to other essential services (e.g. air quality, CO2 sequestration, and soil generation) in dynamic and complex ways. The objective of this course is to examine these interactions in order to understand the impacts of human activities and climate change on hydrologic services.

For individual course enrollment, please contact Desmond Beirne at

Complete Fall 2010 Course Calendar and Descriptions: (

Overview of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation

(CERC)- Certificate Program:

With 14 years of experience, CERC’s executive education program teaches the science behind environmental issues and provides graduates with practical tools for environmental problem solving. CERC’s Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability trains professionals to critically think about the environment and its intersection with public policy, the economy and society.

CERC’s Certificate program accommodates the working professional:

  • Courses are scheduled from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Columbia University in New York City
  • Courses typically meet once a week for five weeks and field courses are optional
  • Opportunities to network with alumni and sustainability leaders at Earth Institute events
  • Rolling admission deadlines each semester
  • Candidates from all professions can enroll, no prior knowledge is required.
  • Earn a Certificate and official transcript from Columbia University after completing 12 courses in as little as 9 months or as long as 3 years, depending on personal time constraints

Successful completion of the Certificate s fundamental courses is recognized as preparation for two Columbia University graduate programs: the M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy and the M.S. in Sustainability Management.

For inquiries, contact Desmond Beirne at or 212-854-0149.

THINKING AND DECISION MAKING (3 points) Psychology W2235 section 001

Instructor: Elke Weber; Tuesday Thursday 10:35am-11:50am

Course Overview:

The goal of this course is to explore the psychology of thinking and decision making. We will learn about different theories of decision making, factors that influence decision making, the process of decision making, decisions by individuals and groups, and real-world applications.

For additional details, please download the syllabus:

CERC is a consortium of five world-renowned partnering institutions:

Columbia University, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Garden, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Wildlife Trust

Contact: Columbia Univ. School of Int’l & Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027

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