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Dr. Cort works at the intersection of sustainability and investor value. Over the course of 20 years, in consulting and academia, he has applied a scientific and economic lens to corporate social and environmental responsibility (or sustainability) in order to identify the tools, mechanisms, metrics and indicators that create the greatest value for investors, businesses and society. Todd has worked extensively with companies and investors across industrial sectors. His experience ranges from ‘on the ground’ implementation of sustainability programs to corporate level communication and investor strategy development.  He has also worked extensively on integrated programs to meet regulatory requirements while promoting awareness and understanding of sustainability priorities through communications and engagement with communities, regulators, policy makers and internal stakeholders.   
Todd has a courtesy appointment at the Yale School of the Environment. He serves as Faculty Co-Director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) and the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF).  He serves on a variety of advisory boards including the JUST Capital Scientific Advisory Board and the PRIME Coalition Academic Advisory Committee and Merck Sustainability Advisory Committee. He is also currently Board Chair for Save the Sound, a regional environmental non-profit serving communities around Long Island Sound.


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

Selected Works


Values at Work: The State of ESG Investing 
Esty, D. and Cort, T.
Palgrave MacMillan

A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future
Cort, T.
Making Companies Work for Society: Harnessing Global Financial Markets for Sustainability, Daniel C. Esty Ed., Yale University Press

ESG Standards: Looming Challenges and Pathways Forward 
Cort, T. and Esty, D.C.
Organization & Environment, 33(4), 491-510

Incentivizing the Direction of Multi-Capital Toward Inclusive Capitalism 
Cort, T.
Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investing, (8)3 203-212.

Sustainable Innovation and Impact
Krosinsky, C. and Cort, T.

Data-Driven Green Bond Ratings: The Key to Climate Finance
Reed, P., Yonavjak, L. and Cort, T.
The Journal of Investing,  28(2), 66-76

Corporate sustainability metrics: what investors need but don’t get
Esty, D. and Cort, T.
Journal of Environmental Investing, (8)1


  • F.K. Weyerhauser Memorial Fund Grant for Interdisciplinary Research in Business and the Environment to study Data-Driven Green Bond Standards, 2017
    California Professional Civil Engineer, 2005
    Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner, 2012