What Education do Professionals Need in the 21 st Century?

Thriving in today’s increasingly turbulent world requires professionals to understand the environmental implications and the interdependencies of a highly networked world. A broad range of issues are impacting global economic vitality, ranging from climate change to technological failures to political unrest.
Markets are volatile, supply chains are increasingly vulnerable, and disruptions can substantially affect the operations of many organizations as well as their value. Major disasters, natural or man‐made, can occur unexpectedly. Even minor incidents such as a local power failure can cause significant financial losses losses, and disrupt entire supply chains.  At the same time, the global competition for natural resources has significant policy and national security implications, amplified by a warming planet.
Embedded in this turbulent environment are opportunities presented by new technologies, resilient corporate practices and social engagements. The ramp up of renewable energy, modernization of the electric power grid, smart cities, artificial intelligence, decarbonization of industrial processes, shareholder environmental activism, and climate adaptation investment to name a few.
How Can You Prepare to be a More Effective Professional in this Changing World?
You can enroll in the non-degree online professional educational short courses being developed by the Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) at George Washington University. These certificate courses take 10 to 12 hours to complete and are taught by leading practitioners with hands on experience in each topic. Perfect for busy professionals.
EEMI’s professional education courses can help government, business, nonprofit and academic professionals advance their careers by rounding out their skills and knowledge in critical sustainability topics, important to succeed in the 21st Century. Students taking the EEMI courses will be better analysts and advisors with increased knowledge of energy systems, corporate and community resilience, and global security. Students earn an EEMI certification of course completion.
Four courses currently comprise the EEMI online professional education program and several others will be forthcoming in 2020.. Courses include 10 to 12 hours of recorded instruction and three live Q&A webinars with the instructor. Registration will open early in the year for the Spring 2020 classes.
  • Enterprise Resilience – This course provides a practical introduction to the concept and practice of resilience—defined as the capacity for systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of turbulent change. Natural and biological systems have evolved a variety of resilience mechanisms. Students will learn how designing for resilience can help enterprises and communities to overcome disruptions—whether from human or natural causes—and to improve their adaptability to changing conditions. The course draws extensively on case studies of companies that have adopted resilience strategies and provides tools and methods for implementing “design for resilience.” Instructor: Dr. Joseph Fiksel, author of Resilient by Design and co-founder of the Center for Resilience at The Ohio State. More about the course and registration for the Spring online course open now.
  • The Power Grid and Renewable Energy Project Finance Course: This course provides the attendees with a grounding in the electric power grid and the knowledge needed to oversee, plan and implement renewable energy projects. Instructor: Stratos Tavoulareas is an Energy Advisor with the International Finance Corp, part of the World Bank Group and works around the world on renewable energy and the transformation of the power sector to accommodate new technologies. More about the course. Registration for the Spring 2020 class opens soon.
  • On the Road to Mass Market Electric Vehicles Course: Students learn about the types of electric vehicles, the market and factors driving market growth, barriers to growth and how the market may overcome them, EV charging structures and charging station deployment. The course is designed for educators, government and corporate decision makers and their advisors. More about the course. Registration for the Spring Course opens soon.
  • Energy Strategies to Thrive in a Decarbonized World Course: The realities of climate change are already starting to effect corporate bottom lines forcing c-suite executives to seek new ways to mitigate risk in their business operations and supply chain. Moreover, investor, employee, consumer and community pressure is driving companies to contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in meaningful ways. In this course you will learn how to use energy consumption and carbon emissions as key performance indicators to reduce the cost of doing business and as a basis to optimize business operations. Instructor: Jimmy Jia is the Founder and CEO of Distributed Energy Management. He specializes in creating strategies for corporations, governments, and non-profits that advance their mission and vision while reducing their impacts on the planet. More about the course. Registration for the Spring course opens soon.
Additional courses in Smart Energy, Energy Markets, Lifecycle Analysis in Complex Systems, and the Geopolitics of Energy and other natural resources are in development for launch later in 2020. Once
these new courses are offered, students may earn an EEMI Program Certificate in Electrification, Corporate Resilience or the Geopolitics of Resources, in addition to certificates for individual courses.