Strategies for Sustainability Program

Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

  • Professional Program
  • Fee:
    Fee may apply



As employees, customers and communities demand more transparency, organizations are increasingly being evaluated for the impact they have on society and the environment. Taking a proactive approach to sustainability can help organizations gain a competitive advantage while improving the world we live in.

Stanford’s two-part program, Strategies for Sustainability, unpacks the core mindsets, knowledge and skills you need to promote sustainability and resilience in today’s complex environment, under the guidance of faculty experts and sustainability leaders from Silicon Valley.

In the self-paced XSFS110 online course, we’ll explore frameworks and tools needed to promote sustainability. In the 3-day course, XSFS002 course we'll share how you can become a change agent through transformative leadership and design thinking. Either way, you’ll learn to identify opportunities, overcome barriers and influence positive change for your organization and the greater world.

You Will 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.
  • Which decision-making frameworks and tools are most effective in furthering social, financial and environmental sustainability.
  • How to use systems and design thinking concepts to stimulate positive change throughout your organization.

Who Should Enroll

  • The XSFS110 online 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.
  • The on-campus XSFS002 course is designed for middle and senior-level managers who have the responsibility and authority to drive change within their organization.

Earning the Certificate

You can choose to take the online course only, or you can complete both courses together in order to earn a Strategies for Sustainability Certificate.


XSFS110 Online Only

  • $295 per online course

Group Pricing

Learning with colleagues from across your organization can lead to better communication, increased collaboration, and real change. We encourage you to enroll in these courses as a group. Contact us at and we’ll help find the right pricing package for your group.

XSFS002 On Campus

Time to Complete Certificate

The online course is self-paced and available on-demand for 60 days after the date of enrollment. The course takes roughly 8 hours to complete depending on your familiarity with the topic and experience with online learning. 

The 3-day XSFS002 course -- Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 we have made the difficult decision to cancel the forthcoming course.


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