Who should attend
- The online course is designed for anyone who wants to learn to make sustainability an important part of their organization’s operations – no prior background or experience in sustainability needed.
- The in-person course is designed for middle and senior-level managers who have the responsibility and authority to drive change within their organization.
About the course
As employees, customers and communities demand more transparency, organizations are increasingly being evaluated for the impact they have on society and the environment. Taking a proactive approach to sustainability can help organizations gain a competitive advantage while improving the world we live in.
Stanford’s new two-part program, Strategies for Sustainability, unpacks the core mindsets, knowledge and skills you need to promote sustainability and resilience in today’s complex environment, under the guidance of faculty experts and sustainability leaders from Silicon Valley.
In our short online course, we’ll explore frameworks and tools needed to promote sustainability. In our 2.5-day in-person program, we'll share how you can become a change agent through transformative leadership and design thinking. Either way, you’ll learn to identify opportunities, overcome barriers and influence positive change for your organization and the greater world.
You Will Learn
- How a commitment to sustainability can contribute to your organization’s financial well-being while helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.
- Which decision-making frameworks and tools are most effective in furthering social, financial and environmental sustainability.
- How to use systems and design thinking concepts to stimulate positive change throughout your organization.
Earning the Certificate
You can choose to take the online course only, or you can complete both courses together in order to earn a Strategies for Sustainability Certificate.
Leadership and Design Thinking for Corporate Sustainability Challenges (at Stanford)
Drive innovation and long-term value creation using design thinking tools and strategies. Design thinking has long been used in Silicon Valley to help companies address seemingly intractable problems. This 2.5-day executive leadership course will give you the tools and understanding you need to bring design thinking concepts to your organization and to generate impactful results across the broader ecosystem. Highly interactive, this program will teach you to think holistically about your organization’s sustainability challenges and possible solutions.
Taught by award-winning faculty from Stanford’s Schools of Earth Sciences, Engineering, Business and Design, and by industry experts, participants will engage with faculty and each other to develop tactics and strategies to drive transformative change.
- Gain a solid understanding of how to use design thinking to achieve challenging corporate sustainability goals and to develop robust business strategies and solutions.
- Stretch and strengthen your creativity and leadership skills to develop and implement innovative and impactful solutions.
- Develop a network of like-minded professionals and Stanford faculty for future networking and information sharing.
Essentials for Business: Put theory into practice (Online)
In this course, you’ll learn how a commitment to sustainability can contribute to your organization’s financial well-being while helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, including the depletion of natural resources, social injustice, and climate change. You’ll become versed in the language of sustainability and learn practical tools and strategies to increase the impact and performance of your organization.
You Will Learn
- How to tackle both the challenges and opportunities facing organizations in today’s complex world
- How employees, customers, and communities are increasingly influencing business strategy and outcomes
- What decision-making frameworks and tools are most effective in furthering social, financial and environmental sustainability
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Environmental Studies and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute PAMELA MATSON is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, academic leader, and organizational strategist. She served as dean of Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environment...
Julia Novy-Hildesley is Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of Stanford's Leadership for Sustainability Program, which includes the Sustainability Science and Practice Interdisciplinary Master’s degree. Her research and teaching focus on business strategies, leadership approaches and...
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.