This course aims to transform participants into informed and effective sustainability leaders, capable of driving significant environmental initiatives within their organizations. It provides a deep dive into the strategic and economic underpinnings of sustainable business practices, enabling participants to craft compelling business cases for sustainability projects.

Through an exploration of sustainable business models, innovation frameworks, and the critical role of systems leadership, students will gain a robust understanding of how to integrate sustainability into their business strategy effectively. The course emphasizes the importance of blending strategic leadership with financial acumen, equipping participants with the skills necessary to develop sustainable strategies that offer competitive advantages and enhance economic value.

Furthermore, it focuses on honing leadership, communication, and decision-making capabilities, empowering students to scale behavioral change, articulate their organization’s sustainability narrative, and navigate the complexities of sustainability challenges confidently. By expanding their knowledge of key sustainability topics and trends, participants will be better positioned to manage risks and seize opportunities in the evolving sustainability landscape.

Instructors: Joseph Piotroski, Chris Field
Faculty Principal Investigator (PI) Required?: N/A

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