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New Yale Online Certificate in Clean Energy Opens

New online certificate aims to educate with impact

Today, the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) opened its new certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy. With a cohort of 75 online learners from 10 countries, the year-long program is designed for working professionals committed to clean energy who want to advance their careers as well as the transition to a clean economy.

Vero Bourg-Meyer, Program Director, Clean Energy and Conservation Finance, Brad Gentry, the newly appointed Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor in the Practice of Forest Resources Management and Policy and Ron Smith, Damon Wells Professor at Yale University Geology & Geophysics and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, kicked-off the program with partners and key contributors at CBEY’s main office.

Bourg-Meyer, who is leading the development of this new certificate, is incredibly excited about the unique collaborative nature of this program. “There is not one solution to climate change,” said Bourg-Meyer. “What we need, and what this program does, is bring together people with diverse expertise and ignite their curiosity for disciplines other than their own. We want to foster collaboration to address the world’s most complex problems.”

The curriculum was built by faculty from CBEY's two home institutions —the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management— along with professors in Yale College, alumni and industry experts. Production of this certificate was supported by the Yale Broadcast Studio and the Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.

The curriculum is a hybrid of online and in-person learning focused on finance, technology, and policy. It includes an on-campus week where participants will meet program staff and faculty, connect with each other, and experience Yale.

Professor Gentry, faculty co-director of CBEY, commented on the ability of this new program to help share the University’s intellectual assets with the world. “This is a tremendous addition to CBEY’s work –allowing us to bring Yale’s knowledge on a pressing global issue to a wider audience, as well as to explore new ways to do so.”