Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and Harvard University Extension School Collaborate on New Course

May 21, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Washington, DC (May 21, 2009) - The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Harvard University Extension School Program on Sustainability and Environmental Management announce a collaboration that includes the development and instruction of a new course on climate change.

Recognizing the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute's unique leadership and expertise in the emerging field of greenhouse gas auditing, accounting, and management, the Harvard Extension School has teamed with the Institute to create this course that will be available as part of its innovative Sustainability and Environmental Management programs.

Institute Dean Michael Gillenwater will be among the faculty for "Investing in a Sustainable Future," to be offered by the Harvard Extension School in the 2009-10 academic year.

"Our surveys have shown that universities are not satisfying the demands from students or industry for education and training on greenhouse gas management. With this collaboration, we intend to reverse this trend and set a precedent for universities and colleges around the world," said Gillenwater on the initiative. "To successfully address the problem of climate change, it is imperative we get serious about training the multitude of professionals that will be needed to rigorously and ethically account for, audit, and manage greenhouse gas emissions."

Prof. Jack Spengler, director of the Harvard Extension School's Sustainability and Environmental Management program, says, "Students interested in careers in sustainability will need to understand the new paradigm of a carbon constrained future. Michael Gillenwater will bring years of experience to our classroom and the addition of this course developed in conjunction with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute will greatly enhance our curriculum."

For more information about this new course and Harvard's Sustainability and Environmental Management Program visit The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute has globally available e-learning courses as well. To learn more, visit

About the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization, trains, certifies, and networks a global community of experts that account, audit, and manage GHG emissions based on world-class training and professional standards. The Institute is for individuals and organizations, from beginners to certified professionals, working on all aspects of climate change. The Institute works with ClimateCHECK, the World Resources Institute, the World Bank, the UNFCCC, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Carbon Disclosure Project, Point Carbon, and other leading experts on training and programs utilizing innovative internet tools to ensure that market mechanisms and policy responses to climate change are effective and credible. For more information, go to

About the Harvard Extension School

For nearly a century, the Harvard Extension School—recognized as a national and international leader in the field of continuing studies—has given the wider community access to many of Harvard University's academic resources. It offers more than 600 courses in more than 65 fields and numerous degree and certificate programs designed to meet the needs of adult students. This year, more than 100 Harvard Extension School courses are available online for credit or noncredit.

The Harvard Extension School's distance education program is distinctive in that actual lectures conducted on campus are videotaped, then made available online along with other course-related material. Students who take courses online complete the same coursework as students who take them on campus; thus, students may use credits earned via distance education to complete requirements for many Harvard Extension School degree and certificate programs. For more information, go to

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Tim Stumhofer
Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
Tel: +1 415.518.5259