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Hamline Introduces New Climate Literacy Certificate

With the new Climate Literacy Certificate from the Hamline School of Education and Leadership, students will learn the communication, education, and organizing skills to drive solutions to climate change.

The certificate, which can be completed in one year, is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree. Students can complete the certificate entirely online, or in a hybrid online/on-campus format if they choose.

Rooted in climate justice, and developed in close collaboration with Climate Generation, the Climate Literacy Certificate uses real-world research and investigation. 

Classes can be tailored to each student's interests, making it a useful resume addition for educators, business professionals, and community leaders. Topics include sustainable food systems, theories and models of climate change, clean energy systems, and more.

Hamline is among the first universities nationwide to offer a climate literacy program. It’s an in-demand topic: Job openings for environmental specialists are expected to grow 8% by 2029—much faster than other industries—according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“There is not one single job in this decade that will not be touched by climate change in one way or another,” said Patty Born Selly, assistant professor and program director for Hamline’s Master of Arts in Education: Natural Sciences and Environmental Education.

Learn more at hamline.edu/education/certificates/climate-literacy.

Written by Anne Kopas
July 15, 2021