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Environmental & Climate Advocacy, Leadership & Activism

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - Become a leader for change – learn how to transform the climate crisis into an opportunity for deep and positive social change! This certificate will enable the next generation of leaders, advocates, and scholar-activists in environmental and climate justice by providing them with essential learning and skills that will make them more attractive to employers looking for environmental leaders.

This program is perfect for...

...people seeking careers and opportunities in climate, environmental, and social justice organizations, movements and NGOs interested in social, climate, and environmental justice journalism, law, the arts, and other professional and creative endeavors; and people seeking to teach at the K-12 and/or university levels.


What you'll learn

How to research and apply strategies and approaches for various kinds of advocacy, leadership, and scholar-activism around climate and environmental justice.
Skills for developing advocacy, leadership, and activism within community, national, or global settings, with opportunities to learn from and with local leaders and activists.
Deeper, holistic, and interdisciplinary understandings of the climate crisis and how to confront it.


Minimum of 18 total units to complete this professional certificate.
Earn no less than a "C" in any particular course to be eligible for the certificate


Required PaCE Courses Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
SOC X400 – Introduction to Environmental Advocacy, Sustainable Leadership, and Climate Justice Activism 3 UCSB      
SOC X401 – Capstone Seminar in Environmental Advocacy, Sustainable Leadership, and Climate Justice Activism 3     Ventura  
Required UCSB Electives          
Choose 12 units of electives from the list provided here* 12        

Ventura Online       UCSB UCSB        UCSB  / Ventura Blended        Ventura Downtown Santa Barbara

  • Certificate Eligibility and Requirements
  • International Students need to apply to the International Diploma Program before enrolling in classes from this course schedule. 
  • All classes will be offered remotely through Sp21. We will be back to our classroom-based instruction as soon as possible. Please check back in the Fall to confirm the mode of delivery of future courses.
  • *For non-UCSB students, certificate elective courses can be taken through PaCE’s Open University Program.
  • Minimum of 18 total units (6 PaCE units and 12 UCSB elective units) to complete this professional certificate.
  • SOC X400 must be taken before SOC X401.


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3 Easy Steps to Request Certificate

1 Make sure that you have completed all certificate course requirements.

2 Click here to request your certificate release

3 Check your email for a Certificate notification from, our official credential provider.

Our goal for ECALA as scholars and activists committed to confronting the climate crisis -- the defining existential and basic survival issue of the twenty-first century -- is to spark an open process of cross-generational intersectional co-creation. No one has the answers to this crisis, but we will help you find your own path and connect you with like-minded counterparts around the world to align hearts, hands, and minds together around it. Imagination, creativity, crossing boundaries, and authentic engagement are the secret ingredients we hope everyone will bring to the table for this journey of a lifetime! 
- John Foran, ECALA Instructor