Bending the Curve

Climate Change Solutions for the Private Sector

Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions for the Private Sector is a program offered by the University of California, San Diego, through a partnership between the Scripps Institution for Oceanography and the Rady School of Management. It is  is a short-format online learning program designed for private sector C-suite executives and senior leaders. Courses address climate change science and climate change mitigation practices that are relevant for key sectors driving the economy. Watch the trailer below for an overview of the first course in the series, which focuses on the finance and investment sector.

Program Catalog

Climate Change Solutions for the Investment and Financial Sector (Core Course)

This fully online course consists of two video lectures by noted scholars from the University of California and New York University and is designed for finance and investment C-suite executives and senior leaders. It provides an overview of climate change science, with a particular focus on the roles that human behavior and the greenhouse effect play in global warming. It also discusses the risks that companies and investors face due to climate change as well as the opportunities emerging for the private sector to drive mitigation and adaptation strategies. Seat Time: 2 hours

Lecture 1: Fundamental Science, Impacts and Economics (55 mins)

Episode 1: Climate Change Basics (by Prof Ram Ramanathan, Distinguished Research Professor and Edward Friedman Presidential Chair, Professor Emeritus, Climate Sustainability, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego)

Episode 2: Physical Impacts of Climate Change (Ramanathan)

Episode 3: Economics of Climate Change (by Prof Robert Engle, Michael Armellino Professor of Finance Emeritus and Co-Director of the Volatility and Risk Institute, Stern School of Business, New York University; Professor Emeritus of University of California, San Diego)

Lecture 2: Responses from Government, Society and Technology (1 hr, 10 mins)

Episode 1: The Economics of Decarbonization (Engle)

Episode 2: Marketplace Potential for Driving Sustainability Choices (by Prof Magali Delmas, Professor of Management, Anderson School of Management, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles)

Episode 3: Technology Responses and Rates of Change (by Prof David Victor, Professor of Innovation and Public Policy, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego; Co-director, Deep Decarbonization Initiative)

Episode 4: Implications for International Governance (Victor)

How to Enroll

Enrollment for Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions for the Investment and Financial Sector (Core Course) is now open. Group and individual enrollments are received and processed by UC San Diego Extended Studies. Upon successful enrollment and payment, our partners at UC Online will add participants to the course and grant them access.

Group Enrollment: To enroll a cohort of employees, complete the inquiry form.

Individual Enrollment: Single user seats cost $150; to enroll, click here.


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