Upcoming Executive Education Courses

Social Media for Environmental Communications*

Need to craft a buzz-worthy social media campaign? Join a global cohort of environmental 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 by two of the founding bloggers at SouthernFriedScience.com.

  • April 6 – May 15, 2015

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Timberland Investments for Professionals

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.

  • April 23-24, 2015

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Environmental Communications Planning*

This 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.

  • June 1 - July 17, 2015

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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 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.

  • August 31 - October 9, 2015

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Marine Conservation Summer Institute

A practicum in natural science, social science, law, and policy for professionals, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates.

  • July 6 – August 7, 2015

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Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) – Advancement Training

This 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 Spatial Planning. All 2015 trainings are produced by Battelle Memorial Institute, with funding provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Marine Conservation Initiative and are offered in collaboration with the DEL Executive Education program.


  • REGIONAL/WEST COAST: February 17-20, 2015 at the Hubbs Sea World Research Institute, San Diego, California. Registration is now closed.
  • REGIONAL/HAWAII-PACIFIC: February 24-27, 2015 at Hale Ikena, Ft. Shafter, Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration is now closed.
  • ONLINE: March 2-May 1, 2015. Registration is now closed.

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Environmental Communication for Behavior Change*

This 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.

  • February 2 – March 20, 2015.  This course is currently in session; registration is now closed.

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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 Conservationthat they believe are fundamental to effective conservation.

  • Available as a custom course for your group or project.  Please contact Allison.Besch@duke.edu for more information. 

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* Courses followed by an asterisk are currently included in a certificate program.

For information on future course schedules, please contact the DEL office at del@nicholas.duke.edu. If you are interested in scheduling a course specifically for your agency, organization or business, information is available on our Custom Courses page.