McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

Open Enrollment

Business of Sustainability Certificate

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When: May 4-7, 2023
Tuition: $3,800 (Includes reading materials, light refreshments during class breaks)
Early Application Deadline: April 7, 2023*
Final Application Deadline: April 28, 2023

*Apply by early application deadline and receive a $500 discount.

Upcoming Info Session

Making the Business Case for ESG

Virtual Session
Friday, March 31
12 – 1 pm EST

Sustainability encompasses all aspects of business, and anyone — regardless of which function you hold within an organization or the industry in which you work — has the ability to lead with a sustainability mindset. 

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is now offering a four-day Certificate in the Business of Sustainability, building upon its successful graduate degree offerings and world-renowned research and expertise in this area. You will learn how to incorporate sustainability into your decision-making and how to develop a sustainability strategy for your organization.  

Through cases and examples from a variety of industries, you will explore several sustainability challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, ranging from the business case for sustainability, developing a sustainability strategy, how to set goals, supply chain sustainability, and more. Additionally, the material will dive into such topics as renewable energy, waste, climate change, net-zero and carbon negative strategies, circular economy, and energy efficiency. 

Upon completion, you will have the tools and frameworks needed to create value for your organization through sustainable operations and supply chains, better communication about your sustainability goals and progress, and utilizing business model innovation to enhance both environmental and economic performance of your organization. 

Certificate Schedule

Thursday, May 4 2023Session 1: The Business Case for Sustainability
Friday, May 5, 2023Sessions 2-3: Sustainable Management of Resources and the Role of Science

Session 4: Setting the Sustainability Strategy and Goals

Session 5: Evaluating and Choosing Between Sustainability Projects
Saturday, May 6, 2023Session 6: Carbon Neutrality, Net-Zero, Carbon Offsets, and Greenwashing

Session 7: Sustainable Supply Chains

Session 8: Sourcing of Renewable Energy

Session 9: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Adoption of Sustainability Strategies
Sunday, May 7, 2023Session 10: Business Model Innovation for Sustainability

Session 11: Concluding Session


Certificate Faculty

Vishal Agrawal

Henry J. Blommer Family Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business, Professor of Operations and Information Management, Academic Director, Business of Sustainability Initiative

Safak Yucel

Associate Professor

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