Sustainable Water Management

According to the United Nations Development Programme, just under 900 million people lack access to safe water and over 2.7 billion lack access to basic sanitation. As the world’s population continues to grow in excess of 7 billion people, the demand for access to water has risen. At the same time, the impacts of climate change are making it more difficult to ensure the supply of safe water to the populations that need it most. Severe weather events ravage some parts of the world with floods, while devastating others with droughts.

Together, Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the School of Professional Studies and the Columbia Water Center have developed the Certification of Professional Achievement in Sustainable Water Management. This new certification equips professionals with the skills to conduct integrated water management and water systems analysis. These professionals— ranging from urban planners for local governments to operations managers for large supply chains to NGO workers focused on issues of health in developing communities— can benefit from gaining the skills necessary to improve water access, delivery, and quality.

The Certification of Professional Achievement in Sustainable Water Management will cover concepts of hydrology, water policy and regulation, economics, finance and conflict resolution. It is designed to provide sophisticated and multidisciplinary training in water issues—the nexus of natural science, social science and public policy.

Join the Sustainable Water Management program and become a skilled sustainability professional who can help develop effective solutions to the world’s water problems.