Corporate Sustainability Accelerator

Come to Yale to learn from the best minds in academia and industry. Leave with customized recommendations for taking your sustainability initiatives to the next level.


Dates: November 2 to 4, 2016
Investment: $4,950 (groups of 3+ from the same company receive a 15% discount)
Venue: Yale School of Management
Contact: Molly Nagler



Designed for sustainability professionals who want to seize opportunities at the frontier of sustainability to advance their organizations.

In this unique 2.5-day program, renowned Yale faculty—experts in environmental science and its business applications—will evaluate your organization’s sustainability plan on multiple criteria. In one-on-one review sessions, you will learn where your gaps and opportunities lie and what to do next.

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Transformational learning in a green environment

Yale School of Management Evans Hall
Edward P. Evans Hall

Designed by Yale-trained architect Lord Norman Foster, the Yale School of Management is a sustainable, low-energy building with state-of-the-art teaching facilities.


    Sustainability presents a fundamental challenge to businesses: either innovate new products and operating models that fit the constraints of our modern world, or continue business as usual and fall behind. There is no more middle ground for global business.

    Yale’s Corporate Sustainability Accelerator 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 interface of business, society and environmental science, this course will help you leverage sustainability to produce business value.  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.

    This is the first sustainability program of its kind to bring together science, leadership, business strategy, and innovation to help sustainability officers succeed as strategic partners in their organization.


    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.


    - Sustainability VPs, directors, managers
    - Director of environment, energy, and safety
    - Director of corporate social responsibility
    - Risk manager
    - Chief operating officer
    - Corporate sustainability councils


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

    November 2 (evening only): Your Sustainability Plan
    • Sustainability plan review and action steps with Yale experts

    November 3: Mega Trends, Models, Metrics, and Tools
    • Mega Trends: The Context for Business Today
    • New Models of Regulation in the 21st Century
    • Metrics, Standards, Systems
    • The Circular Economy

    November 4: Influence and Innovation
    • Sustainability Plan Working Session
    • Influence Without Authority: Getting Your Sustainability Goals Accomplished
    • Systematic Sustainability and Nexus Technologies
    • Reframing as a Tool for Innovation


    This sustainability program will deliver new skills and insights to apply immediately – for designing next-generation sustainability initiatives, leading cross-functional teams, and driving revenue with innovation. After this program you will be able to: 

    • Lead your organization in new ways to think about sustainability as a strategic business enabler
    • Apply knowledge from the frontiers of sustainability to innovate new products and business models
    • Drive initiatives that connect disparate parts of the organization
    • Dates: November 2 to 4, 2016
    • Investment: $4,950 (includes meals and lodging). Groups of 3 or more from the same company receive a 15% discount
    • Location: Yale School of Management, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    • Program contact:


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.