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The Climate Boot Camp

The Climate Boot Camp is designed for people who are deeply concerned about the climate crisis and want to take action, but need to know more about planning and implementing sustainability strategies in their organization and/or community. It goes beyond the science of climate change to introduce participants to proven strategies, approaches and tools that support win-win-win climate action plans.

The five online 90-minute sessions are complemented by an online eworkbook to help identify effective strategies relevant to your organization, as well as curated videos links, articles and other materials to support your journey.

Harvard alumni have the credibility and influence to deliver urgent action on climate change.   Please join others in our Harvard community to create greater climate impact!


Should I take this training? 

You should take this training if:

  • You are deeply concerned about the climate crisis 

  • You want to learn more about how to drive systemic change

  • You want to reduce the climate change impact of the organizations in which you have influence (e.g. workplace, place of worship, school board, etc.)

  • You have any degree of influence in an organization from entry level, to middle management, to C-suite, to board member, to volunteer

  • You and your associates want to brainstorm and formulate a sustainability strategy  

  • You want to better understand proven strategies available to your organization

  • You want the guidance and support of an educational and activist community 

  • You want ongoing access to curated resources for proven sustainability strategies 


What will I learn? 

  • What is driving the climate crisis and what we can do to limit it

  • Proven sustainability strategies in transportation, facilities, energy use, manufacturing, circular economy, food, agriculture, water (you choose the tracks most important to you)    

  • How to start to develop a plan for your organization using the most applicable strategies 

  • How to evolve and tailor your plan using curated resources  

  • How to communicate effectively about climate change and sustainability 

  • Why adopting a sustainability strategy is an opportunity for your organization

  • Why environmental justice considerations need to be integral to sustainability efforts

  • How to introduce and begin building internal support for a sustainability strategy 

  • Why your commitment is critical


Who is teaching it? 


  • Lecturers, researchers and administrators from Harvard University, Yale University, Southern Methodist University, and others 

  • Leaders from non-profits including The Climate Reality Project, ClimateVoice, and others

  • Leaders who have successfully led change in BlocPower, Facebook, Microsoft, The Kellogg Company, start-ups, and family businesses 

The Curriculum 



Who can take the course? 


  • Harvard alumni

  • Guests of Harvard alumni including family members and colleagues (through an emailed invitation you will receive after you are fully registered) limited availability  

  • Anyone who has completed a semester at Harvard as a student or teacher, or received an honorary degree 

  • Climate Reality Working Group members 


Why should I invite colleagues and family members? 

Your commitment to drive change is more likely to succeed if you are working with others in your organization or family to collaborate and share the ups and downs. 

When is the Climate Boot Camp?  

Starting Thursday, October 14, 2021, tune in for five 1.5-hour classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET plus three optional Saturday small group work/discussion sessions. On-demand sessions will be available the day following the live session for Europe and Asia and for those who missed individual classes.  

Training Session dates and times:

  • Thursday, October 14, 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET

  • Tuesday, October 19, 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET

  • Thursday, October 21 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET

  • Tuesday, October 26, 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET

  • Thursday, October 28, 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET

Saturday small group discussion sessions will be offered on October 16th, 23rd and 30th, at times to be determined to accommodate scheduling needs in different time zones.

What is the time commitment? 


  • Auditors - 2.5 hours/week (lectures without work sessions)

  • Full course commitment - 4+ hours/week  


Who developed this course?  

The Climate Boot Camp is a joint sustainability training initiative created by the Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment (HACE) shared interest group and Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project. 

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