About the Certificate

Program Overview

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) has developed this year-long, admissions-based online certificate for working professionals who seek to accelerate the transition to a clean economy. 

Learning Objectives

The key objective of this program is to help professionals understand the interplay of the financial, technological, and socioeconomic drivers in financing and deploying clean energy. 

A table showing the structure of the certifictae - precourse, on-campus week, policy, tech transitions, project finance, innovation



  • Understand how policy supports or hinders the scaling up of clean energy
  • Understand how current energy models work and examine the technological and economic challenges to the clean energy transition
  • Understand the development process, investment requirements, and economic risks and returns associated with clean energy, and practice skills in financial modeling
  • Examine what innovative business models, policy, and technological solutions can be used to overcome these obstacles

Learn more about the curriculum here.


Who Should Apply?

This program is designed for working professionals who are passionate about clean energy and want to advance their careers by gaining new skills in finance, technology, and policy, and mitigate climate change.
This may include individuals from:
  • The finance community across sectors and scales, including capital providers, foundations, or endowment teams focused on climate and/or energy;
  • Policymaking organizations at the federal, state, regional, or local levels;
  • The power market, including utilities, project developers, clean energy generation, storage, efficiency systems manufacturers, designers, or operators; and
  • Nonprofit organizations involved in the clean economy transition, including advocacy and research groups.

Some individuals with more experience in one component of the curriculum, but gaps in others, may benefit from this program as well to develop a more comprehensive approach to the scaling of clean energy deployment.

Learn more about applications and admissions here.


Yale library outdoors A hybrid of both online and in-person interaction, this program consists of a self-paced foundations precourse, a week on campus, and four eight-week core courses.

The in-person week, in August, will allow participants to network and learn about the barriers to clean energy deployment and financing, while the online component of the program is composed of a self-paced precourse focused on foundations, and four core courses with synchronous live sessions.

All in-person activities will be held on Yale's campus in New Haven, CT.


Virtual Classroom

Course participants will access online course material through an online platform called Canvas.  

This "virtual classroom" will allow participants to learn theory and concepts from faculty members and professionals from industry. They will connect with peers and into class sessions using video-conferencing once per week.

This flexible, light touch approach, will allow users to access the best that Yale has to offer while retaining the freedom to watch lectures and work on assignments and readings on their own schedule.

Benefits of this virtual classroom include:
  • Access weekly online course materials on your own time, and at your own convenience to balance your coursework with personal commitments and careers;
  • Connect with people in real time weekly to listen to presentations from Yale faculty or industry experts or discuss ideas with and receive feedback from instructors, peers, and experts;
  • Expand your networks by interacting with experts and build your own peer community, both online and in-person during the week-long in-person session at Yale.


Workload Expectations

Participants will spend four to five hours a week on the core online courses. This weekly time commitment will generally involve:

You can learn more about a typical week workload here.

Instructors and Advisors

The program is designed and delivered by faculty from the Yale School of Management, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Yale College, experts from the Yale alumni networks, and from CBEY’s industry partners. All serve as either lecturers, interviewees, or advisors.

Partners include practitioners from the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance, GE Solar, the Connecticut Green Bank, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Covenant Solar, and the Coalition for Green Capital.

CBEY's approach is to promote a blend of diverse perspectives from academia and industry for participants to paint a complete picture of the current state of the clean energy landscape and where it is going.

Learn more about faculty, lecturers, and guest experts.


The 2019/2020 class will matriculate in July 2019. The program starts on July 8, 2019, when the entirely self-paced foundations course materials become available. Participants have five weeks to complete approximately 25 hours of study, prior to the on-campus week.

The on-campus week will be held at Yale from August 12 to August 16, 2019.

The first synchronous course will begin on August 19, 2019 and the program will end on May 17, 2020.

Read more about important dates here.

More Information

You can learn even more about this certificate program by watching our informational webinar. This session shares insights into the program, the curriculum, and the benefits of being part of this cohort of working professionals.

Download the Brochure

The 2019/2020 application is now closed. The admissions for the 2020/2021 cohort will open in January 2020.  You can still download the brochure and get on mailing list for information about the program.

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