Essentials for Business: Put theory into practice


Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

  • Fee:
    Fee may apply



(This is the online course in the Strategies for Sustainability program.)

In this course, you’ll learn how a commitment to sustainability can contribute to your organization’s financial well-being while helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, including the depletion of natural resources, social injustice, and climate change.  You’ll become versed in the language of sustainability and learn practical tools and strategies to increase the impact and performance of your organization.

What you will learn

  • How to tackle both the challenges and opportunities facing organizations in today’s complex world
  • How employees, customers, and communities are increasingly influencing business strategy and outcomes
  • What decision-making frameworks and tools are most effective in furthering social, financial and environmental sustainability


Industry guest presenters:
Kate Brandt, Sustainability Officer at Google 
Adam Lowry, Co-Founder of Method Products and Ripple Foods


Who Should Enroll

This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn to make sustainability an important part of their organization’s operations – no prior background or experience in sustainability needed.

Program Partners

Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences 
Stanford Change Leadership for Sustainability Program

More Information


008 Open for Enrollment Online

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Delivery Option:
Online Course $295.00


Course Access
60-day access to the online course starts upon payment.

Course Materials
Course materials are available for download from the "Course Homepage" page. All materials are available for printing and review upon enrollment.

Final Exam
Online participants are asked to complete a final exam at the end of each course to maintain the integrity of the program. A score of 85% must be achieved to successfully pass the exam. A digital record of completion from Stanford University will be emailed to participants when they pass the exam.

Course Evaluation
It is required that participants complete the course evaluation once they have passed the final exam to receive their digital record of completion. 

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.