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Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership

Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership

Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership

Join our network of successful thought leaders – Our next cohort starts August 2020

Find the tools you need for the results you want

The Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership was designed with specific input from hundreds of sustainability executives and advocates from corporations, NGOs, communities and governments.

The innovative curriculum, created in partnership with academic and industry leaders, encourages the use of hands-on projects from your own workplace as practical case studies and builds to a final capstone project that will apply directly and immediately to your organization’s sustainability plans and challenges.

During the program, you will be armed with practical, actionable tools to become a leader who can embed sustainability throughout your organization, through four specific themes: global context, strategy, communication and leadership.

Existing Curriculum (in process of redesigning)

Global Context

  • EMS 502 Global Context I—Translating Global Context into Organizational Realities
  • EMS 506 Global Context II—From Risk Avoidance and Compliance to Innovation and Thought Leadership
  • EMS 511 Global Context III—Addressing Sustainability Beyond Organizational Boundaries: Melding Global Context and Organizational Leadership


  • EMS 503 Strategic Sustainability I—Foundations of Strategic Sustainability: Sustainability as a Strategic Lens
  • EMS 507 Strategic Sustainability II—Reframing Strategy in a Sustainability Context: Weaving Success and Sustainability into Strategy
  • EMS 512 Strategic Sustainability III—Sustainable Integration in Developed and Emerging Markets: Building for Global Success


  • EMS 504 Communications and Sustainability I—Foundations for Professional Communications: Creating Chief Sustainability Storytellers
  • EMS 509 Communications and Sustainability II—Communicating Sustainability: How and Where to Tell Your Stories of Sustainability
  • EMS 513 Communications and Sustainability III—Engaging Stakeholders and Global Communications: How to Own ANY Room: Boardroom, Team Room, Break Room, Chat Room and Living Room


  • EMS 505 Sustainability Leadership I—Emerging Sustainability Leadership
  • EMS 510 Sustainability Leadership II—Sustainability as a Core Leadership Platform
  • EMS 514 Sustainability Leadership III—Transformational Leadership for Global Success


The faculty for the Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership program is made up of leading practitioners who will provide students with a perfect balance of perspectives between seasoned academics and proven and respected application in real world settings.

George Basile
Professor of Practice
Bruno Sarda
Professor of Practice
Alycia de Mesa
Lisa Estrada

Guest Speakers

Featured speakers

  • , Director of Sustainability, VF Jeanswear
  • , Senior Director, Corporate Membership at Sustainable Brands
  • , Documentary film director/producer and Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability & Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University
  • , President/ CEO Strategy man LLC
  • , Director of Global Environmental Sustainability at Cummins Inc. EMSL Class of 2016
  • , co‐CEO at GlobeScan
  • , Author of The Storytelling Animal
  • , Distinguished Writer in Residence for the Consortium Science, Policy & Outcomes and Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University
  • , Senior Program Director, Public Policy at Ceres
  • , Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility, Flextronics
  • , Founding Partner, WeSpire
  • , Professor of Science & Society and Co-director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University
  • , Partner/Principal at Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY
  • , Director of Philosophy, Patagonia
  • , Sustainability Strategy Leader North America Consumer Tissue, Kimberly – Clark

Meet our EMSL Graduates

“I know that I’ve got experts in all sorts of industries and businesses throughout the country that I can call on if I’m ever in their area, if I ever have a question about something related to their business, and they can always help me. It’s those relationships that surprisingly are a huge takeaway for me.”
Tim Trefzer, Sustainability Manager, Georgia World Congress Center Authority

Getting started

More information coming in late Fall 2019

For questions, contact:

Jennifer Griffin
Assistant Director, Online Programs, School of Sustainability

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