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Climate Change and Energy: Policy Making for the Long Term

Program Session(s):
October 15, 2017 - October 20, 2017

Application Deadline(s):
August 15, 2017

Program Fee:$8,500

Program fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

Click here to see this program’s Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) alignment.

This program qualifies for an Executive Certificate and is an accredited ACCO training program.

Faculty Chair: Robert Stavins

Program Director: Caitlin Marquedant

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Climate change is arguably one of the most important global issues we face in the 21st century. It is widely recognized by scientists and many policymakers as posing significant risks, not only to the environment, but also society and the global economy. Governments have been attempting to address this difficult challenge since at least 1992—cooperatively through the United Nations and through national and subnational policy. Most governments are also making plans to adapt to the climate change that is likely to occur.

Developed by Harvard Kennedy School faculty, Climate Change and Energy: Policymaking for the Long Term is a week-long executive program convening policymakers and corporate leaders from around the world to consider:  the facts about climate change and its impacts; potential policies to address climate change; why some governments might choose to address climate change more or less vigorously; and how sub-national governments and non-governmental actors might complement action by national governments.

Led by Professor Robert Stavins, this program will provide you with:

  • Deep insights into the science, economics and policy of climate change, and closely related aspects of energy production and use
  • Cutting-edge research from the field
  • Analytical tools and conceptual frameworks to better understand climate related policies
  • One-on-one interaction with world-class faculty and leading experts in climate change
  • A global network of peers who will serve as an invaluable professional resource after the program

** Click here to watch Professor Robert Stavins' 2016 webcast, International Climate Change Policy after Paris. **

Harvard Kennedy School at COP-21 Paris

Harvard Kennedy School was strongly represented at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-21) Nov. 30-Dec. 11 by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, directed by Professor Robert Stavins.

Take a look at work of the Project at the COP, as well as the participation of other Harvard faculty, scholars, alumni and students attending the conference and their important research on climate change issues at


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