Corporate Sustainability Accelerator

Drive better business results with next-generation sustainability initiatives

Sustainability is a key part of any strategy to move your business forward. With the right understanding of the dynamics in this space, you can create new value, new ideas, and new businesses. 


APR 3 - 5, 2017 | $4,950
All meals and lodging included – see admissions for details
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Presented by the Yale School of Management, this two-and-a-half-day program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, tools, and perspective to rise to this challenge and lead your organization at the frontier of sustainability. Using frameworks developed by world-class Yale faculty working at the intersection of business, society, and environmental science, this course will help you leverage sustainability to produce business value. 

The program is highly customized and interactive. Yale faculty and researchers will evaluate your organization’s sustainability plan on multiple criteria. Through one-on-one review sessions and peer interactions, you will learn where your gaps and opportunities lie and what to do next. 

Who should enroll?

Ideal candidates of the program include:

  • Sustainability VPs/Directors/Managers
  • Director of Environment/Energy/Safety,
  • Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Risk Managers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Corporate Sustainability Councils.

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[VIDEO] Hear from past participants on their experience at the Yale Corporate Sustainability Accelerator.

  • Curriculum

    Pre-Arrival Module (short videos)
    • Climate change communication
    • The Millennial workforce view of climate change
    • Natural capital
    • Framing design and innovation

    Opening Night

    Your Sustainability Plan

    Sustainability Plan Review Meetings and Benchmarks

    The program kicks off with private meetings with Yale faculty and researchers who will evaluate your organization’s sustainability plan on multiple criteria. Through one-on-one review sessions and peer interactions, you will learn where your gaps and opportunities lie and what to do next. 

    Day 1

    Mega Trends, Models, Metrics, and Tools

    Get the tools you need to build your next-generation sustainability initiatives. 

    Day 2

    Influence and Innovation

    New ideas are only as good as your ability to execute them. On Day 2, you will learn the leadership, influence, and innovation skills to drive new initiatives forward. 

  • What you can expect

    This program will deliver new skills and insights that you can apply immediately— for designing next-generation sustainability initiatives, leading cross-functional teams, and driving revenue with innovation. You will receive tailored, personalized feedback on your organization’s sustainability approach and will have time each day to workshop this feedback into new action plans. 

    After this program you will be able to: 

    • Build your next-generation sustainability initiatives. based on tailored, personalized feedback from Yale faculty
    • Innovate new products and business models at the frontier of sustainability
    • Lead initiatives that connect disparate parts of your organization
    • Influence others to advance your sustainability agenda
  • Faculty

    Dan Esty

    Prof. Dan Esty is the author of Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage. Dan is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with appointments in both the Environment and Law Schools. He also serves as the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and serves on the Board of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, which he founded in 2006.

    Marian Chertow

    Prof. Marian Chertow is the Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, waste management, and environmental technology innovation. 

    Zoë Chance

    Assistant Professor of Marketing at Yale School of Management and an expert in persuasion and decision making. Zoë works passionately to understand how people can lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.

    Bradford S. Gentry

    Professor in the Practice, Co-Director of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale; Director of the Research Program on Private Investment and the Environment

    Julie Zimmerman

    Donna L. Dubinsky Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering; Professor of Green Engineering; Assistant Director for Research at Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.

    Todd Cort

    Lecturer in Sustainability at Yale School of Management and Faculty Co-Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment.

  • Testimonials

    Leaders from travel, entertainment, defense, manufacturing, technology, and other industries gave high ranks to the program across the board. 

    “A fantastic opportunity to think a new about value propositions and implementation strategies for sustainable solutions.”  
    – Peter

    “It is incredibly evident the amount of time put into this program. The level of expertise from faculty is invaluable. The collaboration with peers was excellently framed. One week very well spent.”
    – Amy

  • Admissions

    Dates: April 3 – 5, 2017
    Location:  Yale School of Management, New Haven, CT, USA
    Tuition: *$4,950 – includes program materials, meals, and lodging 


    • 10% discount for YALE UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS
    • 15% discount for members of the Sustainability Consortium
    • 15% discount for 3 or more people

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  • Partnerships

    This program is a partnership between Yale SOM Executive Programs, the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, the Center for Industrial Ecology, and the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale.

    Yale Center for Business and Environment (CBEY)

    The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) provides a platform for generating, incubating and launching new connections, approaches, courses, areas for research and other initiatives at the intersection of business and the environment primarily for the benefit of students and to help us sustain and restore the critical resources on which we all rely. These include the human and natural systems that provide the energy, water, food, land, materials and wide range of other goods and services that we use. 

    The center joins two world-renowned graduate schools—the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies —with a network of internal and external leaders working at the interface of business and the environment. Professors, students, alumni, guest scholars, and affiliates of each school contribute to the center’s mission through an integrated set of activities that address business approaches to the world’s most significant environmental issues. Our work spans perspectives in finance, innovation, marketing, operations, and strategy on issues involving energy, water, carbon, forests, environmental health and safety, development, and policy.

    Center for Industrial Ecology(CIE)

    The Center for Industrial Ecology (CIE), established in September 1998, is a pioneer in the rapidly growing field of industrial ecology.  Industrial Ecology uses a systems approach to provide understanding of sustainability issues of industry and society and to assess solutions, providing the principal methods to evaluate resource management issues, quantify carbon footprints, and specify the environmental impact of products using lifecycle assessment and other tools.  The Center is internationally recognized for its cutting edge research, its strong interaction with corporations and policy makers, as well as for hosting the International Society for Industrial Ecology and the Journal of Industrial Ecology.  The Center brings together Yale faculty, staff, students, visiting scholars, and practitioners to address climate change mitigation, focusing on the demand for and utilization of energy and materials; industrial symbiosis – resource exchange across clusters of companies; metal cycles; critical materials; and waste management and the circular economy.

    center for green chemistry and green engineering

    The mission of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale is to provide practical solutions to sustainability challenges. We believe that "green" means not just understanding and monitoring environmental problems: it also requires design of innovative technologies that provide enhanced performance while simultaneously meeting social, economic, and environmental goals.   

    We are unique in the academic community in that our team is fully integrated across multiple disciplines—our staff are drawn from the fields of chemistry, chemical and environmental engineering, materials science, environmental studies, biology, toxicology, health sciences and policy.  While industrial partnerships have played a major role in Center activity, helping to focus our efforts on processes that affect the environment on a large scale and to enhance the adoption of our solutions, we have also launched several new ventures based on our discoveries. Our team is active in the community—from New Haven and the local region to China, India, and East Africa—with a history of organizing workshops and educational opportunities for students of all ages, workers, and professionals. We strive to raise awareness of emerging issues and frontiers in Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.