Working with their academic advisor and CIPA’s Professor of Practice in Corporate Sustainability, EFII Fellows design a program of study that meets the certification requirements outlined below. CIPA students pursuing this certification typically (but not exclusively) are working towards a concentration in one of the following areas: Economic and Financial Policy, Public and Nonprofit Management, or Environmental Policy.

The certificate requires 12 credits of coursework and three elective credits (for a total of 15 credits). 

Required Courses:

PADM 5570: Corporate Responsibility (Fall) – 3 credits
PADM 5572: Topics in Environmental Finance and Impact Investing (Spring) – 1.5 credits
PAM 5970: Economics and Environmental Policy (Fall) – 3 credits
NCC 5560: Managerial Finance (Fall/Spring) – 3 credits
PADM EFII Project Course (Spring) – 1.5 credits

Elective coursework availability varies per year. Please check with the advisor.

Additional Requirements:

Field Trek: Fellows participate in a one or two day field trek to NYC in the Spring semester to meet with market actors in the fields of environmental finance and impact investing.

Field Work: Fellows take a project-related course trip involving field work with EFII partners/clients over Winter break. That Spring, they enroll in the EFII Project Course where they complete their field work project.

Program Coordinator

For more information about EFII, please contact John Tobin-de la Puente, Professor of Practice with CIPA and the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.  An expert in corporate sustainability, Professor Tobin has worked in the international finance industry for most of his career. 

Application Process:

Strategic Plan: Submit an essay of up to 1,000 words demonstrating your interest in the program, as well as the value-added perspective or experience that you will bring to the program and to its faculty and fellow students. In addition, you should discuss how you hope to incorporate the EFII program into your future academic and professional life.

Interview: If selected as a finalist for the EFII Fellows program, you will be asked to participate in an interview with EFII program faculty and staff.

Application Deadline: The deadline for applying to the program is mid-April. Check with the advisor for a specific date.

Documentation: Applications should include the following materials and may be sent electronically to ej96@cornell.edu with a copy to jt728@cornell.edu. Please list “EFII Certificate Application” in the subject line of your email. Alternately, you may submit a hard copy to the CIPA Main Office, located in 294 Caldwell Hall. 

  • Strategic Plan
  • Your Résumé/CV
  • Your Transcript (both undergraduate and graduate, if applicable).

The EFII program was one of the reasons I chose CIPA. My background is in international development and I was interested in learning more about the role of the private sector in achieving environmental and social development goals. The EFII program allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of the financial side of this equation.

I loved being a part of the program because it fit perfectly into the flexible structure of CIPA curriculum and included a practical work experience component. EFII helped me focus within my concentration.

Elif Senvardarli, MPA 2017
ESG Research Analyst, Calvert Research and Management