- The program emphasizes the practical skills that students need to make a difference in the world.
- Our students stand apart in the field of sustainability because they learn to make science-based policy and management decisions.
- Students learn from Earth Institute scientists, expert SIPA faculty, and leading sustainability practitioners.
- New York City, a hub for sustainability innovation, becomes an extension of the classroom.
- Graduates join an alumni network of some 750 leading professionals across the world.
The skills and concepts that students learn include:
- Environmental economics, politics, policy, and management;
- How to manage organizational change and innovation;
- Perceptions of environmental quality and environmental values, and how to explain science to non-scientists and manage the work of scientists;
- Public and environmental ethics;
- The connections among policy intent, program design, organizational capacity, and political feasibility;
- The relationship of program to organization and organization to budget;
- The design of studies that are methodologically rigorous and defensible within the constraints of available resources;
- How to work in groups and deal with group conflict;
- Professional communication, including memo and report writing and oral briefings.