Solving environmental problems will require behavior change. From issues as diverse as reducing energy and water consumption, to protecting wildlife and ecosystems, achieving a sustainable future will require that people change their behaviors.
The Specialized Certificate in Sustainability and Behavior Change provides unique and advanced educational training in conservation psychology, and behavior change strategies and community engagement tools that are designed to produce results. Explore the psychological factors that lead people to engage in sustainable behavior and gain a clear understanding of the strategies that work (and those that don’t) to motivate people towards behavioral change. Learn how to develop programs and projects that activate behavior change and promote sustainable outcomes and how to develop community engagement projects or programs that foster both awareness and meaningful action. This certificate culminates in a capstone course where students apply the knowledge and skills developed in this certificate to a program or project of interest.
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" I was able to work through all the different stages of designing a behavior change campaign through the online course and through the assignments…I came out of the end with this campaign, which I'm now going to go on to hopefully implement in China to try to help conserve the pangolins. "
" It's just been a mind changing experience. I understand so much more about behavior change and about the different attitudes and the mental structures that go into everybody's behavior. "