Upcoming Courses

Courses marked by an * count towards the Duke Certificate in Environmental Communications.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS PLANNING*

This online course is designed to give environmental professionals the necessary tools to write a successful and comprehensive Communications Plan. These plans can be used internally, to manage change or initiatives within an organization, or externally to communicate a message to stakeholders and/or the public.

May 22-July 7, 2017
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CONSERVATION FINANCE BOOT CAMP

Held in partnership with The Conservation Finance Network. Since 2007, the Conservation Finance Boot Camp has helped increase the ability of land and resource conservation professionals to apply innovative financing strategies to their work. Course sessions feature interactive presentations from national conservation finance experts along with supplementary exercises guided by knowledgeable core faculty. The emphasis of the course is on hands-on tools and lessons from relevant case studies.

June 12-16, 2017 at Duke University, Durham, NC
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DRONES FOR CONSERVATION RESEARCH

This in-person, open enrollment course is a practical workshop for environmental professionals on the application of Unoccupied Aerial Vehicles (UAV)/ Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) – drones – in environmental monitoring and research projects. Duke’s newly formed Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Laboratory (MaRRS) staff will lead the seminars, demonstrations, and discussion sessions.  Option to add a FAA Remote Pilot Knowledge Prep &Test course.

Duke University Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC
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TAX ANALYSIS AND REVENUE FORECASTING (TARF)

Open enrollment course hosted by the Duke Center for International Development.  Gives participants the capacity to implement successful tax reforms to enhance revenues, improve the equity and efficiency of taxes, and promote economic growth. The course covers a wide variety of taxes such as value-added tax, personal and corporate income tax, excises, property tax, trade taxes and taxes on natural resources.

June 25 – July 21, 2017 at Duke University, Durham, NC
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SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS*

Need to craft a buzz-worthy social media campaign? Join a global cohort of professionals who utilize mainstream and emerging social media platforms for research, promotion, and networking. Assigned readings, social media projects, and discussion boards allow for customized instructor feedback and peer review. Taught online by two of the founding bloggers at SouthernFriedScience.com.

October 2-November 17, 2017
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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION FOR BEHAVIOR CHANGE*

This online course provides environmental professionals with a practical introduction to the strategies, methods, and tools of environmental communication that effectively lead to changes in behavior, primarily using social marketing. The field-based skills gained through this course will benefit all practicing environmental professionals faced with the challenge of changing behaviors.

January 22-March 9, 2018
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INTERMEDIATE ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL MARKETING STRATEGY*

This online course provides an intermediate-level focus on environmental social marketing strategies. Students will focus in detail on how to plan and implement a social marketing strategy, using 3-5 topics within social marketing of your choosing. 

This course is an intermediate complementary course to the online course “Environmental Communications for Behavior Change”, which provides a practical overview of a social marketing campaign.  We encourage students to take both classes; they are fundamentally different, yet complementary.

October 23-December 15, 2017
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MARINE PLANNING ADVANCEMENT TRAINING (MPAT) – COURSE OPTIONS

The MPAT curriculum, derived from global best practices and featuring interactive and innovative educational styles, is designed for professionals with interest in Coastal Management at all experience levels in the practice of coastal and marine planning.

2-DAY and 4-DAY REGIONAL, IN-PERSON TRAINING

Available as a custom program for your region, and an annual 2-day course will be held in Winter 2018 (date TBA).  Please email us at execed@nicholas.duke.edu for more details.

ONLINE TRAINING

October 16 – December 15, 2017 
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WRITING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS*

Writing in environmental fields encompasses many genres, from policy memos to manuals, blog posts to interpretive signs. This online course will allow you to refine and reflect on your writing process. For some, the course may serve as a tune-up; for others, a significant remodeling.

March-April 2018
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TIMBERLAND INVESTMENTS FOR PROFESSIONALS

This in-person short course provides a practical foundation for timberland-investment professionals in developmental stages of their careers and forestry, accounting, legal, and conservation professionals who interact with them; investment analysts, portfolio managers, financial planners, and trust officers who make decisions regarding timberland assets; and public-policy officials who desire to better understand institutional timberland managers.

Contact execed@nicholas.duke.edu for next course dates or for custom-course inquiries. 

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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS CERTIFICATE ELECTIVES AT THE CENTER FOR DOCUMENTARY STUDIES*

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University offers a range of Continuing Education courses on video production and editing, as well as other media and the philosophical approaches to documentary. These courses are designed to help participants explore concepts in documentary arts and apply them to their own work. When applied to an environmental project, these courses may be used to fulfill the elective requirements for the Certificate in Environmental Communications.

Offered throughout the year
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ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FOR CONSERVATION PROJECTS

In recent years, there has been great convergence among conservation organizations in thinking about how best to plan and implement conservation actions. The member organizations of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) have pooled their collective experience in designing, implementing and appraising their conservation projects to develop a set of project cycle or adaptive management Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation that they believe are fundamental to effective conservation.

Available as a custom course for your group or project. Please contact us at execed@nicholas.duke.edu for more information.
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PROJECT APPRAISAL AND RISK MANAGEMENT (PARM)

Open enrollment course hosted by the Duke Center for International Development.  PARM provides the tools and knowledge needed for successful project and program appraisal, focusing on public and private investments, public-private partnerships, regulated utilities, and education and health facilities. It also covers a wide range of issues including environmental impacts, risk management and poverty reduction.

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SPATIAL MODELS FOR DISTANCE SAMPLING DATA

Duke Environmental Leadership program in collaboration with the University of St Andrews offers a workshop on spatial modelling methods for distance sampling line transect data.The course is intended for graduate students/postdocs/faculty in applied ecology, government/industry scientists and wildlife managers interested in developing spatially explicit models of abundance.

Available as a custom course for your group or project. Please contact execed@nicholas.edu for more information.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN A CHANGING WORLD: COPING WITH SEA LEVEL RISE

Summer Program in Venice

July 10-22, 2017
The Nicholas School of the Environment in collaboration with the Venice International University offer a Summer Program for professionals and graduate students. Training is provided in key topics about the impact of sea level rise on coastal areas and cities, and about adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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CASE STUDIES INTEGRATING NATURE’S VALUE INTO MARINE PLANNING

This online short course is a partnership between the Natural Capital Project and the Executive Education program. Learners will have the opportunity to interact with real data, legal frameworks and decision-support tools. Participants can practice applying marine planning mapping techniques, tools, and activities such as stakeholder engagement, information management/synthesis, tradeoff analysis and outreach.

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