Online Course Registration

Climate Change & Sustainability Communication Campaigns
PLEASE NOTE: Enrollment closes Monday, May 19 
WHEN: Summer 2014 - June 2 through July 16
WHERE: This course will use a distance-learning format to meet virtually on Blackboard


This course is designed for graduate students in any discipline – and for working professionals in the fields of climate change, sustainability and related earth- and life-science disciplines – who seek to use communication strategically in helping organizations, communities, states, and nations pursue their climate change and/or sustainability goals.

Students will learn to use five frameworks: two of these frameworks help organize and reveal “actionable” insights in the social and behavioral science literature; two help guide the development of effective communication; and one helps guide the development of specific behavior change initiatives. Students will also apply these research-based insights based on their interests.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Plan strategic communication initiatives to advance climate change and sustainability objectives.
  2. Identify, prioritize and apply insights from the social and behavioral science literature to improve the effectiveness of climate change and sustainability communication. 

Students taking the course for graduate credit should expect to spend 20 to 24 hours on coursework each week. Students taking the course on a professional development – i.e., no credit – basis are encouraged to devote as much time to the course as they can.

This course may be taken on a professional development basis (i.e., no academic credits awarded) through Climate Access, or for 3 graduate credits through George Mason University. If you wish to take the course for graduate credit, you must apply for non-degree graduate status (prior to May 19th), and be accepted, in order to register for the course. You may apply here:

The cost of the course through Climate Access is $600 (Not a Climate Access member yet? Apply here); the cost of the course for graduate credit through Mason is $1,480 for Virginia residents and $3,530 for out of state residents. If you are planning to transfer the credits to another university, please check with your academic advisor to ensure that the credits will be counted toward your degree.

To register for the course, please complete the registration form and submit your payment via PayPal below.