The program is highly interdisciplinary, affording our students professional training in the interface of science, law, economics and policy in the fields of energy and climate change. Their instructors include both full-time Hopkins faculty, as well as adjuncts drawn from pertinent federal agencies in Washington DC, including the Department of Energy and EPA, intergovernmental agencies, such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, non-governmental organizations such as the Environmental Law Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and leading energy companies in the DC Metro region. Given the program’s location in Washington DC, students are also afforded the opportunity to network with leaders in the energy and climate fields on a regular basis, as well as to pursue employment and internships with an array of organizations in the region.

Course Description

The program will prepare the next generation of interdisciplinary professionals to address the challenges of climate change and sustainable energy systems. Graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the science related to a changing climate and global warming, knowledge of the impacts of climate change, vulnerability of natural systems and the built environment, and methods for adaptation. Graduates will also develop a comprehension of energy production, delivery, and consumption for both traditional systems and sustainable/renewable energy alternatives.


This program is rooted in the Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Oversight by the eminent faculty of this department sustains the academic integrity and excellence of the program. Courses are taught by distinguished instructors with valuable experience in the academic, public, and corporate sectors.


The program will address the management skills needed for a carbon constrained environment and help students develop an understanding of policy strategies employed at the local, state, and national level in response to climate change challenges. On an international level, graduates of the program will have an understanding of the multilateral agreements and non-US based approaches to both mitigation and adaptation to global warming.


For more information about the Energy Policy and Climate Program, please contact:
Wil Burns
Associate Director
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