Program Overview

Cities are responsible for roughly 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and play a critical role in addressing climate change. The impacts of climate change have forced cities and towns to address a myriad of complex social, economic, and environmental challenges while relying on increasingly strained infrastructure, energy systems, and ecosystems — especially in the Global South. This program is committed to the growth of its participants and acceleration of solutions that will create and transform cities we need for an equitable and regenerative future.

An urban greenspace in Chicago

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate the ways cities and towns are dynamically and simultaneously contributing to climate change through human activities and infrastructure, and are impacted by climate change through increased risks and volatility on urban systems and human wellbeing. 
  • Express the multitude of scalable, impactful mitigation and adaptation solutions that can be deployed in cities and towns across the world to ensure a climate-ready future 
  • Deepen one’s understanding of the people and institutions instrumental to the development of urban climate strategies, policies, and financing 
  • Expand one’s professional network and skills to apply urban climate mitigation and adaptation solutions 

Mumbai skyline with small basic housing in the foreground and modern skyscrapers in the background

Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals committed to the work of building and adapting cities for a changing climate 
  • Public, private, and nonprofit professionals — especially those from the Global South — eager to learn both from the world’s foremost experts in their fields and alongside a global network of online learners 
  • Environmental leaders eager to grow in knowledge and skillset to make the greatest impact in their communities 
  • Champions of equitable land use planning, clean energy deployment, low-carbon mobility, thriving greenspaces, and much more 

Jen Shin

With increasing urgency, cities must lead in building healthy, equitable, and sustainable urban futures. Investing in urban climate education will accelerate the crucial leadership needed to protect urban populations and provide critical urban services to the most vulnerable. As the scale and scope of urban demands exceeds our planetary boundaries, we need empowered urban leaders to scale and leverage cities as powerful climate solutions.”

Jen Shin Global Lead for the WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities, World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities  

Information Sessions

08 Mar

Program Information + Q&A Session

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Online, Eastern Standard Time
28 Mar

Program Information + Q&A Session

  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Online, Eastern Daylight Time
19 Apr

Program Information + Q&A Session

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Online, Eastern Daylight Time

Program Overview


Program Length

9 Months

  • late August to late May

Time Commitment

5-7 hours per week

  • 1 hour watching lectures 
  • 1-2 hours working on assignments 
  • 1-2 hours reading 
  • 1 hour in weekly online sessions 

Workload

Online lectures + readings + assignment + weekly online session with all online learners

Cost

$7,500

  • Scholarships available

Instruction

Lectures by world-renowned professors and practitioners

Network

Engage and network with professionals from around the world


Karen Seto

Karen Seto

Yale School of the Environment  
Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science; Faculty Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Sustainability
Mark Ashton

Mark Ashton

Yale School of the Environment 
Senior Associate Dean of The Forest School; Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology; Director of Yale Forests
Portrait of Smita Rakesh

Cities experiencing heat islands and extreme weather events that challenge their sustainability and livability are an increasing phenomena. The built environment is both contributing to and suffering from climate change, in disproportionate ways owing to the rapid and thoughtless urbanization which hasn’t been mindful of the repercussions of this growth. Mitigating and adapting to climate change in cities and urban centres is complex because of the number of stakeholders involved and their intersecting, but often diverging, priorities. Addressing urban climate change requires an inter-disciplinary approach with a set of experts and practitioners trained on sustainable urban transition through new technology, future-ready planning, sustainable design thinking and an inclusive approach prepared to absorb the dynamics of migration to and from cities.”

Smita Rakesh  Vice President & Partner, Social Alpha, India; Yale World Fellow, 2023