Todd Cort

Lecturer in Sustainability

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Dr. Cort works at the intersection of corporate responsibility and sustainable finance. My objective is to reduce the barriers to moving capital (either corporate or investor) to more sustainable investments.  In this space, Dr. Cort is working on: 1) Metrics and standards for measuring the environmental impacts of fixed income investment products such as green bonds;  2) Metrics and the underlying data for environmental, social and governance (ESG) that demonstrably drive corporate growth and improvement in equity value; and 3) Metrics for underwriting more sustainable insurance products–particularly around the means to measure effective climate adaptation.


In addition to these specific research areas, Dr. Cort educates and collaborates with investors and fund managers to effectively integrate sustainability into investment strategies.  These integrated investment strategies range from fixed income focused funds to venture capital strategies.

On the corporate side of sustainability, Dr. Cort has worked with companies on the premise that the best strategies for integration of sustainability will also drive stronger financial performance. Examples of experience in this space include working with:

1) Investor Relations teams to develop strategies for responding to investor ESG expectations.
2) Chief Operating Officers to integrate better risk management and stakeholder engagement processes
3) Marketing and communications teams to manage and produce sustainability reports
4) Environment, Health and Safety teams to build sustainability and community engagement techniques into management and compliance systems
5) Chief Executive Officers and Boards of Directors to benchmark sustainability practices and expectations from customers, investors, peers, policy makers and others.

Todd Cort teaches classes in ‘Quantitative Methods in Sustainability’; Corporate Responsibility in Oil and Gas’, Corporate Responsibility in Wine and Agriculture’ and ‘Business Solutions in Constrained Natural Resource Systems’.  He also serves as the Faculty Co-Director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and a Professional Engineer’s license in California. Dr. Cort previously served as Director of Sustainability Advisory services for TUV Rheinland and Det Norske Veritas where he consulted on sustainability matters including metrics, risk management and auditing practices.


  • PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2000
  • MS, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1997
  • BS, University of California, San Diego, 1993


  • Intro to Responsible Business: Oil and Wine MGT 862
  • Metrics, Tools and Indicators in Corporate Responsibility MGT 566
  • GNAM Course: Natural Capital: Risks and Opportunities in Global Resource Systems MGT 920

Selected Articles

On Socialism, Price and Sustainability

T. Cort and J. V. Seminario
Journal of Environmental Investing

Corporate Social Responsibility: A Guide to Good Practice

M. Line, J. Woodhead, T. Cort, and A. Euler
Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment, Best Practice Series


  • F.K. Weyerhauser Memorial Fund Grant for Interdisciplinary Research in Business and the Environment to study Data-Driven Green Bond Standards
  • California Professional Civil Engineer , 2005
  • Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner, 2012
  • Presenter, Columbia Earth Institute, Workshop on Credibility in Sustainability, 2014
  • Adjunct Research Faculty, Colorado School of Mines Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, 2001
  • Associate, Center for the Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes, Colorado School of Mines, 2001
  • Advisory Council member, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board , 2012


  • ArcelorMittal
  • BP
  • Bechtel
  • ExxonMobil
  • Chevron
  • Newfield Exploration
  • General Motors
  • Pioneer Natural Resources
  • TNT
  • Marathon Oil
  • Tokyo Electric Power
  • Shell
  • Total
  • Huawei
  • Samsung
  • Posco
  • LG Electronics
  • Symantec
  • Juniper Networks
  • Atlantic
  • Global Reporting Initiative
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Prologis
  • Scottish Power
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Alfred McAlpine
  • First Group
  • Stora Enso
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Safety-Kleen
  • Global Reporting Initiative