Duke and Cambridge Universities join The Climate Group to launch Climate Academy

8 December 2006

In the first international partnership of its kind, the U.S.'s Duke University, the UK's Cambridge University, and The Climate Group have announced the launch of the Climate Academy to educate high-level business executives on how to seize the business advantage inherent in addressing global climate change.

The Academy will feature a Climate Leadership Program that will meld the universities' world class knowledge of climate science and policy with The Climate Group's insight into business leadership to provide all participants with a vision for how to succeed in a world moving towards a low carbon economy.

"Climate change is no longer a topic limited to the scientific community. We at Fuqua are excited to be part of the Climate Academy, which is taking the lead in helping businesses and local governments find solutions to this global problem," said Ray Smith, associate dean of executive education at Duke's Fuqua School of Business.

The academy's founders say they are addressing a growing need among business leaders increasingly interested in proactively working to profit from a global need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"With changes of the magnitude required by climate change, there will be economic winners and losers," said Tim Profeta, Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. "We want our enrollees to be the winners."

Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas Institute will cohost a pilot course on Duke's campus on May 15th, 2007. The course will run three days and provide participants with:

  • A deeper understanding of the scientific, political and business challenges and opportunities associated with addressing climate change;
  • An appreciation of the technologies and practices that will be used to minimize greenhouse gas emissions;
  • An evaluation of the initiatives each attendee could take within his or her organisation to evoke the needed changes.


After three days, each enrollee should have an early plan for how he or she can effect a positive change in his or her organisation.

"The Climate Group sees the Climate Leadership Program as a pivotal tool to help take high level business executives from thinking about climate strategy to knowing what their climate strategy should be, and implementing it," said Climate Group CEO Steve Howard

The partners in the Climate Academy plan to offer the Climate Leadership Program twice annually, once on each of the two University campuses. A third campus is planned in China in the near future.

"Climate change represents a profound risk to social and environmental stability and to economic prosperity. Our ambition is to help leaders to prepare for this new reality and help contribute positively to addressing the challenge" said Polly Courtice, Director of the University of Cambridge Program for Industry, which will deliver the program in Europe.

For further information, please contact:

Chris Walker, US Director East Coast, The Climate Group



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