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Coastal Sustainability & Resilience

Practical solutions for a resilient future

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Navigate coastal adaptation and sustainability projects

From policies to practice for a resilient future


The Certificate in Coastal Sustainability and Resilience series aims to increase the number of practitioners in coastal communities who are knowledgeable and prepared to integrate a range of sustainability solutions, including nature-based solutions, in coastal adaptation, sustainability, and resilience projects.

Our multisector network of instructors and classmates share a dedication to implementing practical solutions to coastal resilience projects. Through cohort-based activities grounded in science, students build actionable knowledge and skills, such as.

  • Climate adaptation and resilience strategies.
  • Nature-based solutions.
  • Applying to funding sources.
  • An overview of the insurance landscape.
  • A national, regional, and state perspective on nature-based policy solutions.
  • Tools for each stage of a project.

Our Participants

Open to practitioners across the United States, the series is for people who are working at the interface of climate and coastal adaptation, particularly practitioners and scientists in positions to plan, finance, implement, model, incentivize, and transfer risks associated with coastal adaptation projects. We are particularly interested in supporting:

  • environmental planners,
  • municipal, regional, and state leaders,
  • tribal members,
  • climate and sustainability managers,
  • risk modelers,
  • insurance industry employees,
  • engineers, and,
  • community liaisons working at the interface of climate and adaptation.

Coastal Climate Resilience

Students in the Coastal Climate Resilience course will draw on UC Santa Cruz's expertise in coastal climate resilience and policy, including the application of nature-based solutions, local adaptation planning, and innovations. Participants will learn from experts in the academic, public, and private sectors.

Through cohort-based instruction and activities grounded in science, participants will build knowledge and skills relating to adaptation and resilience strategies, nature-based solutions, how to apply for funding, innovative financing, the insurance landscape, and the development of innovative tools.

You will have the opportunity to network and workshop practical solutions that are applicable to your current role in coastal sustainability and resilience.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify practical solutions.
  • Apply nature-based solutions to adaptation, sustainability, and resilience projects.
  • Be able to better navigate this space from policies to practice for a resilient future.

Course Topics

  • Principles of coastal resilience and climate change, including climate risks and hazards in coastal zones.
  • Adaptation and resilience strategies that address climate impacts in coastal regions.
  • Designing effective nature-based solutions to future climate conditions as a core component of adaptation and resilience.
  • Overview of funding sources, including documentation and data needed for resilience projects, such as insurance payouts, FEMA funding, Army Corps resources, municipal bonds, nonprofit funding, and innovative financing options.
  • Climate impacts in coastal zones, including disproportionate impacts in underserved communities, and principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Principles of engaging parties respectfully in climate justice.
  • Policies relevant to nature-based solutions at national, regional, and state levels.
  • How to select the best tools for each stage of a project.

Hybrid Instruction

A mix of live interactive online sessions and asynchronous online programming will culminate in 2.5 days of in-person instruction at the UC Santa Cruz campus.

The professional development course, open to practitioners across the United States, is the first course in the planned Certificate in Coastal Sustainability and Resilience.

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Program Overview

Estimated Cost: $2,500. Some limited needs-based fellowships available. Contact
Program Requirements: 6 CEUs
Minimum Hours of Instruction: 60 hours of instruction
Estimated Duration: 9 weeks. Includes an 8-week virtual program + a 2.5 day in-person workshop
Modality: This is a hybrid program including a required in-person component in Santa Cruz, CA.
Special Programs: This program is not approved for workforce or international students.


1. Coastal Climate Resilience courses

Start / End Date
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09-06-2024 to 10-26-2024
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Meet Our Instructors

Megan Kelso
Postdoctoral Fellow, Coastal Resilience Lab at UC Santa Cruz
Sarah Eminhizer
Dtr, Programs & Workforce Devlpmt, UCSC Coastal Science & Policy Program