Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management (MS)
Sustainability Management focuses on assuring an organization's enduring environmental, social, and financial health through comprehensive and balanced attention to its system of resources and stakeholders. A firm's chief sustainability officer (CSO)-and counterparts in the nonprofit and public sectors-links operations, financial planning, marketing, social responsibility, and other key functions to promote sustainability as strategy. The Sustainability Management specialization prepares leaders to guide their organizations toward a greener future across the entire spectrum of its activity. Coursework engages students in stakeholder communications, environmental studies, corporate social responsibility, finance, regulatory issues, historical and social policy perspectives, advocacy and social action, and specific technical specialties. Successful students-effective boundary spanners-shape this emerging field to address the intersecting challenges of global climate change, resource depletion, and innovative organization design. Students interested in this area of study should take Leadership for Sustainability Strategies or Leading for Social Impact. Students interested in management aspects of sustainability should also complete the course in Corporate Philanthropy and Social Responsibility, as well as one or more additional courses from the list below. Students interested in policy aspects of sustainability should also complete the course in Urban Environmental Policy, along with one or more additional courses from the list below.