Climate Action Certificate

Climate Action Certificate

Steering Committee: Verna DeLauer (Environmental Science & Policy), Catherine O. Koning (Environmental Science & Policy), Rhine Singleton (Environmental Science & Policy)
Affiliated Faculty: Paul Bush (Communication), Douglas Challenger (Sociology), Doug Carty (Campus Recreation), Jed Donelan (Philosophy), Frank Cohen (Political Science), Melinda Jetté (History), Jason Little (Marketing), Fred S. Rogers (Geology), Susan Silverman (Fine Arts), and Phyllis Zrzavy (Communication)

A Certificate in Climate Action is offered to traditional students.


Human-caused climate change threatens human civilization and all life on earth. The Climate Action Certificate Program provides you with the specialized knowledge and skills needed to address this existential crisis.  Work with the Franklin Pierce Institute for Climate Action on projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas production and increase climate resiliency. The knowledge areas of this Certificate encompass the science of the atmosphere, greenhouse gas pollution, and impacts on human health and the environment, as well as the social, economic and humanitarian dimensions that underlay both the problem and its many solutions.  Improve your skills in problem-solving, communication, data analysis, information management and digital literacy as you implement solutions to the climate crisis.  Students will work together on a problem-solving group project in the capstone course. 

Required Courses

Foundational Knowledge Course
One of the following:
GL120  Global Change: The Atmosphere OR 
ES104  Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation 

Other Required courses:
ES108  Nature and Culture OR 
ES265  Environmental Law
ES240  Sustainable Communities OR 
ES245  Alternate Energy 


ES305  Health, Human Rights and Environmental Justice
Capstone Experience: ES302 Sustainability Project, focused on climate  
(pre-requisites:  GL120 or ES104, and ES240 or ES245)

Green Earth Courses: three of any of the following:
AN220 Global Problems
BI214 Coastal Ecology
BI217 Tropical Forest Ecology (laboratory) 
BI430 Forest Ecology (laboratory)
CH221 Environmental Chemistry (laboratory)
CIT222 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: ArcView 
COMM110 Journalism I
COMM210 Journalism II 
COMM316 Feature Writing
ED314 Scientific Inquiry and Teaching Methods
ES103 Introduction to Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation 
ES104 Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation 
ES106 Environment and Society
ES210 Evolution of Environmental Thought
ES245 Alternate Energy
ES301 Place, Community, and Regional Studies 
ES307 Natural Resources Law and Policy
ES320 Wetland Ecology and Protection (laboratory) 
ES342 Wildlife Conservation and Management 
FA235 Printmaking I
FA322-323-324   Ceramics II, III, IV
GL115 Global Change: The Oceans 
GL120 Global Change: The Atmosphere
GL205 Environmental Geology (laboratory) 
HS214 Introduction to Public History 
HS240 American Environmental History ems
MK201 Principles of Marketing
MK214 Consumer Behavior 
MK304 Advertising 
MK333 Marketing Research 
MK335 Public Relations
MK350 E-commerce
MK474 Marketing Management for a Green Economy 
PA306 Philosophy of Science and Nature
PS261 Research Methods in Psychology (laboratory) 
PS322 Social Psychology
SO101 Introduction to Sociology 
SO203 Grassroots Activism for Social Change
SO450 Seminar in Sociological Perspectives 
SR115 Foundations of Adventure Sports and Recreation
SR346 Park and Natural Resource Management

 

Program Courses

Green Earth Courses: three of any of the following:

AN220 Global Problems
BI214 Coastal Ecology
BI217 Tropical Forest Ecology (laboratory) 
BI430 Forest Ecology (laboratory)
CH221 Environmental Chemistry (laboratory)
CIT222 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: ArcView 
COMM110 Journalism I
COMM210 Journalism II 
COMM316  Feature Writing
ED314 Scientific Inquiry and Teaching Methods
ES103 Introduction to Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation 
ES104 Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation 
ES106 Environment and Society
ES210 Evolution of Environmental Thought
ES245 Alternate Energy
ES301 Place, Community, and Regional Studies 
ES307 Natural Resources Law and Policy
ES320 Wetland Ecology and Protection (laboratory) 
ES342 Wildlife Conservation and Management 
FA235 Printmaking I
FA322-323-324   Ceramics II, III, IV
GL115 Global Change: The Oceans 
GL120 Global Change: The Atmosphere
GL205 Environmental Geology (laboratory) 
HS214 Introduction to Public History 
HS240 American Environmental History ems
MK201 Principles of Marketing
MK214 Consumer Behavior 
MK304 Advertising 
MK333 Marketing Research 
MK335 Public Relations
MK350 E-commerce
MK474 Marketing Management for a Green Economy 
PA306 Philosophy of Science and Nature
PS261 Research Methods in Psychology (laboratory) 
PS322 Social Psychology
SO101 Introduction to Sociology 
SO203 Grassroots Activism for Social Change
SO450 Seminar in Sociological Perspectives 
SR115 Foundations of Adventure Sports and Recreation
SR346 Park and Natural Resource Management