Corporate Sustainability Accelerator

Lead your organization at the frontier of sustainability


Dates: November 2-4, 2016
Investment: $4,950*  (includes all hotel, meals, class materials, pre-work, and executive coaching)
Venue: Yale School of Management
Contact: Molly Nagler
*Discounts available (see registration details below)



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.

The Yale Corporate Sustainability Accelerator 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 attend?

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

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    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.

    Presented by the Yale School of Management, this two-and-a-half-day program is taught by distinguished faculty working at the intersection of business, society, and environmental science. The rigorous, hands-on curriculum is grounded in a sustainability framework that will enable you to immediately produce results for your company or organization.

    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.


    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: 

    • Drive your 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

    Engage with World-Renowned Yale Faculty

    Yale has long been a leader at the intersection of business and sustainability. Our faculty direct research projects that define the frontiers of sustainability, and they work with leading companies to apply these findings.

    Translate Cutting-Edge Theory Into Effective Practice

    Grounded in Yale frameworks and deep industry knowledge, the course systematically uncovers the fundamental insights that can be put to use to drive business results. Throughout the program, faculty share the current thinking in sustainability, moderate discussions, and guide work sessions to ensure learning in our classroom leads to action back at the office.

    Recharge with an Immersive Course of Study

    Through invigorating work sessions with your accomplished peers in the brand-new Evans Hall, inspiring lectures on cutting-edge research, and discussions with faculty around the dinner table, you’ll increase your understanding of how sustainability can be a strategic business enabler in your 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.

    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.


    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

    • 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, CT


    • 10% discount for YALE UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS
    • 15% discount for 3 or more people

    For more information,  please 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.