Yale School of Management


Companies that see sustainability as a strategic imperative and opportunity will thrive in coming decades. To lead in your organization and make sustainability not a question of corporate responsibility but one of corporate success, you need to combine in-depth understanding of markets and organizations with a grasp of major trends and a facility with frameworks for driving transformative innovation.

Sustainability at Yale SOM

  • Yale Center for Business and the Environment

  • Executive MBA: Sustainability

  • The Natural Capital Course


Yale University created the first joint management-environment degree in 1982, recognizing the importance of integrating the two disciplines. The joint-degree program is intended to prepare business leaders and environmental managers with the tools to address the complex relationship between markets and the environment. The joint-degree program offers an MBA in combination with either a master of environmental management (MEM) or a master of forestry (MF).

Yale MBA for Executives: Sustainability

The Yale EMBA program features the same powerful combination of integrated curriculum, leadership development, raw cases, team projects, and deep expertise in global business as the full-time MBA program. Additionally, it draws on expertise from across Yale and beyond to provide students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in one of three focus areas: asset management, healthcare, or sustainability.

Yale Center for Business and the Environment

Yale CBEYThe Yale Center for Business and the Environment convenes diverse resources and skill sets from the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The center provides a platform for generating, incubating, and launching innovative action at the intersection of business and the environment. Its work is necessarily global, spanning five continents and the gamut of business sectors, from increasing supply chain sustainability to greening the financial sector.

Student Profiles

  • I co-founded a sustainability-focused asset management firm in 2016. I needed an executive MBA program where I could learn everything new...

    Decio Nascimento ’20
  • I needed a business school that would help me pivot into a new career. I have always been very passionate about environmental justice,...

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  • I wanted a business school where I could explore public-private partnerships and the relationship between companies and government. One...

    Gabriel Pinto
  • After college, I worked as an electrical engineer in the Chicago area for a German company. After two years, I moved back to Nigeria and...

    Edirin Aghoghovbia ’19
  • The retail industry is playing a significant part in the environmental crisis. From plastic bottles and bags to massive carbon emissions,...

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  • SOM has given me a tool set that helps me understand problems in ways I never expected. It’s exactly what I hoped to gain from business school.

    Jessica Renny

Opportunities for Students

The Energy Club aims to keep students up to date on trends, policy, and regulation changes, and other major issues relevant to the energy industry. The club brings in speakers to share their expertise in regular “Energy 101” lectures and also offers networking opportunities.

The Responsible Investing Group provides students with the information and skills they need to carve a space in the emerging sustainability and responsible investing career sectors. The club also hosts the Low-Carbon Case Competition and the Responsible Investing Conference.

The Responsible Investing Conference, a student-run conference led by the Responsible Investing Group, convenes scholars and industry experts at Yale SOM to discuss how capital can drive social innovation and change.

The Low-Carbon Case Competition, part of the Responsible Investing Conference, challenges teams of students from top U.S. business schools to consider ways to address climate change while meeting investors’ expectations.

The Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit (YESS) engages university alumni, faculty, staff and students—as well as outside experts, practitioners, and scholars—to tackle these topics about sustainability.


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