Executive Education Certificate Program

Our Certificate in Environmental Communications equips working environmental professionals with the tools you need to implement a successful environmental campaign. Offered by the Duke Environmental Leadership program, this non-degree program is based on a series of online courses that can be completed within one calendar year.


Our goal is to provide you with the resources to create an effective and manageable framework to develop a compelling environmental message for yourself or your organization. The required courses in this certificate program provide an understanding of the philosophy of environmental behavior change and help participants develop specific skills in marketing, writing, self-editing, social media, and planning.

The certificate requires completion of four courses, each of which is divided into approximately six one-hour, web-based sessions held weekly. In addition, participants apply their skills to develop a succinct, tangible communications plan to tie everything together and earn the certificate.

All of the courses are conducted in an engaging, synchronous online format that allows participants to maintain their full-time positions while learning tangible new skills and networking with classmates from all over the world without the time or expense of travel. Duke instructors lead each class and are available to advise participants on weekly projects and assignments.


There is no formal application process before you can begin coursework toward the Environmental Communications Certificate, and there are no prerequisite course requirements. Simply begin taking the required courses—in the recommended order if possible—and you will be well on your way!

After you complete all four courses and a final communications plan or project, you can submit a Certificate Enrollment Form along with your course records to receive the official certificate.

The required courses are:

  • Environmental Communications for Behavior Change (recommended first course)
  • Two elective courses
  • Environmental Communications Planning (recommended final course)

We highly recommend taking Environmental Communications Planning as your final course because this course requires you to write a communications plan, which will serve as your final paper and fulfill the requirement to receive the certificate. However, we understand this will not be possible for everyone. If you take this course earlier in your sequence, we can make special arrangements for you to submit a final report or evaluation of your campaign that will count as your final project.

All courses fitting these requirements—including any you have taken in the past—can count toward the certificate.

There is no separate fee for the certificate. The charge for the certificate is included in the tuition for the individual required courses.