Organizations everywhere are racing to plan for the effects of climate change on the global supply chain. These impacts present complex challenges which will only heighten over time — from effects on human health and the food supply to the weather and the water cycle to the economy and transportation.
This course provides an overview of climate change science and its impacts on the global food system. In the first part of this course, you will explore the causes of climate change so you can begin to assess how you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You will also evaluate potential impacts posed by climate change on your industry using relevant, research-based evidence from leading experts. Throughout the program, you will use climate change terminology and be able to accurately introduce it into your organization's daily dialog, culture, planning, and operational decisions.
As your course progresses, you will have the opportunity to analyze risks and opportunities related to the production, transportation, processing, packaging, storage, and sales of your organization's products. Ultimately, you'll come away better prepared to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change on your business and contribute to potential solutions.
KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS
Assess potential impacts posed by climate change on your organization
Incorporate important climate change terminology in daily dialog, culture, planning, and operational decisions
Analyze risks and opportunities related to supply chain and transportation
Define risks and opportunities in the processing, packaging, and storage of products
Lecturer, Department of Communication, Cornell CALS
Danielle Eiseman is a lecturer in the Department of Communication within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Professor Eiseman has five years’ experience working in media, advertising, and public engagement, with a focus on messaging on sustainable and pro-environmental behaviors. She has developed coordinated messaging campaigns in Scotland, developed educational and promotional materials for the Scottish Government Climate Change Behavioral Research Group, and organized community debates on climate-related issues such as reducing city speed limits to reduce carbon emissions.
Her Ph.D. is in Marketing from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Professor Eiseman also holds a Master’s in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh, a Master’s in Marketing and Economics from DePaul University, and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Miami University. Professor Eiseman’s current research is focused on engaging the public on climate change through food as well as youth education on climate change.
Mike Hoffmann dedicates all of his time to the grand challenge of climate change and helps people understand and appreciate what is happening through food. Melting glaciers are bad enough but the loss of coffee is downright terrifying – this keeps him going. He tells the climate change story with passion, a little humor, and without doom and gloom. It’s a science-based message about what is happening and what we all can do about it. He has published climate change articles in the popular press – The Hill, Fortune, and USA Today and is writing a book – Our Changing Menu: Climate and the Foods We Love and Need (Cornell Press 2021). His TEDx Talk – Climate change: It’s time to raise our voices has been well received. Previous positions he has held at Cornell include Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change Solutions, Director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, associate director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Entomology. He received his BS Degree from the University Wisconsin, MS from the University of Arizona and PhD from the University of California, Davis.
Who Should Enroll
Organizational decision makers
Risk and supply chain managers
Anyone interested in understanding the impacts of climate change and working towards solutions
What You'll Earn
Climate Change Leadership Letter of Completion from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University