The Sustainability Opportunity

Earn a Professional Certificate in Sustainability Strategy from ASU’s School of Sustainability and W. P. Carey School of Business.

Future program dates to be announced. Contact sustainabilityskills@asu.edu for more information.

The Sustainability Opportunity is an intensive online certificate seminar that combines the power of the consistently top ranked W. P. Carey School of Business with the pioneering first-in-the-nation School of Sustainability.

This dynamic online program is designed for mid-career professionals who want to build a sustainability network and create a decided advantage in the marketplace by reorienting their professional and organizational abilities toward sustainability and resiliency, with a focus on leveraging the opportunities presented by both. The program will focus on how to effectively communicate about sustainability initiatives, build a strong business case, be more strategic, and understand how the broader global context translates to organizational practice.

Most people today are experiencing the concept of sustainability in a doom-and-gloom context of seemingly insurmountable global challenges like plastic pollution in the ocean, and climate change. This seminar will focus on the business and organizational opportunities that accompany our global challenges. Today, sustainability strategies are smart business. They reduce cost through efficiency, increase revenue, and help organizations come out on top in the talent war.

Sessions will enable participants to leave with tangible, applied tools that can be used in their workplace and personal lives.

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    It was an excellent program, and I’m really glad that I took the time to be a part of it. I can’t believe how much we covered in such a short time. The program has given me a lot to think about. I’m hoping that this pushes my business into some new directions.

    Alisa Bonsignore, Director, Clarifying Complex Ideas

    My experience at the ASU Sustainability Opportunity over the last three days has been amazing. Really it has brought me back to a systems thinking approach and thinking holistically about where we want to go as a company around sustainability. Not just the things we need to do, but really what are our targets.

    Bryce Carnehl Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Hunter Industries

    I would absolutely recommend this program to my colleagues. I think that it’s important not only people who work in sustainability but beyond to understand some of the fundamental basics around why this is important for an organization and for an individual.

    Brittany Price Director of Sustainable Operations, MGM Resorts International

    It was awesome! We are excited to share the knowledge we learned with our team.

    Kate Logan Supervising Manager, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens

    All of the information has been so valuable. I am really happy I attended!

    Andrea Bolyard Group Leader, Public Relations, Bader Rutter

    It is a great networking opportunity! It’s also a good way to bounce ideas off of other professionals that are maybe dealing with similar issues … and to learn new ways to approach sustainability and involve your different departments.

    Anne Reichman, Director, Sustainable Cities Network

    The Sustainability Opportunity has been one of the most promising and enjoyable experiences of my career. I was blown away by every class and presenter.

    Sara Boyle Merchandise Planning Manager, Backcountry

    I think the class helped assure me I was headed in the right direction and remind me that I am personally equipped to lead this endeavor. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and appreciated the efforts of the entire staff and faculty in making it happen. It was just the boost of confidence I needed at just the right time.

    Crystal Adams Assistant Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Crowe

    Great time leading this first of it’s kind in the Zoom era! I would definitely recommend to a friend; thanks staff and faculty! Great job.

    Matt Buzzell Western Regional Sales Manager, Stäubli Corporation

    Who should attend?

    This seminar is designed for mid-career professionals representing a diversity of roles, ranks, company sizes and industries. This includes managers, directors, senior directors, vice presidents and senior vice presidents — all those with strategic oversight of sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR) or the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG), as well as operational managers who aspire to such a role. Although many of the examples used in the course will feature the private sector, professionals from the government, nonprofit and education sectors will be able to apply virtually all of the lessons from the course.