Sustainable Business

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Drive value through sustainability.

Organizations that employ sustainable business practices are creating competitive advantage, lifting revenues, and growing their customer base. Yet, 90% of the world’s companies will need to reinvent their core businesses if we are to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Put your values into practice.

Certificate Duration 13 weeks

Start Dates September, January, May

Online Format Self-paced & live webinar sessions

Program Cost $2,500

Learning Highlights

  • Learn about sustainability from the environmental, social, and business perspectives.
  • Build an action plan to develop a sustainable strategy for your product, project, or organization.
  • Learn from real-world case studies, featuring Oracle, Tesla, Nike, BlackRock, BMW, LUSH cosmetics, PwC, Qantas.
  • Hear from some of the world’s most prominent business leaders on how they have incorporated sustainable strategy into their businesses.


Understand the fundamental challenges and business opportunities arising from the global sustainability crisis

Develop frameworks for assessing the effects of strategic decision-making on an organization’s economic, social, and environment bottom lines

Draft actionable strategies for improving organizational sustainability in any industry

Learn tools for calculating environmental footprint and projecting impact of sustainable initiatives

Know best practices for improving product design and system efficiency

McIntire’s Sustainable Business Certificate has opened doors and provided new focus for me in my professional field. I studied sustainability and business separately in college, but this certification marries the skills of both disciplines and allowed me to make tangible change in my organization. I am equipped to identify sustainability challenges in business, evaluate opportunities for improvement and implement new processes and solutions that both work towards a sustainable future and support the bottom line.

Katie White, Account Supervisor, The Martin Agency


UVA takes an integrated view of creating and managing sustainable businesses. Gain perspective from environmental science, business, and architecture as you advance the journey to sustainability while creating business value. Learn to:

Identify Sustainable Business Challenges

Explore the key environmental challenges in areas, including:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate and energy
  • Water and oceans
  • Forests
  • Land and food

Understand ways firms can mitigate, adapt, and innovate to better protect and conserve these resources.

Evaluate Alternative Business Solutions

Investigate how to create a more sustainable business by aligning:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Strategy

Analyze business sustainability cases from leading firms to distill best practices and processes.

Implement Change in Organizations

Use design thinking to identify opportunities to:

  • Increase revenue
  • Decrease operating costs
  • Do more with less
  • Reduce risk

Use life cycle analysis (LCA) to assess the environmental impact in the circular economy.

Mark White

Associate Professor of Commerce; Director, McIntire Business Institute

Kerrie Carfagno

Assistant Professor of Communication, General Faculty; Director, Management Communication Programs

Phoebe Crisman

Professor of Architecture; Director, Global Environments and Sustainability Major

Howie Epstein

Professor of Environmental Science

Lisa Colosi-Peterson

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director of Graduate Studies

Designed for professionals, executives & students looking build a more sustainable organization.

Consultants and advisors to businesses, nonprofits or government agencies will also benefit.

Industries showcased in the program include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Professional services
  • Retail
  • Financial services
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture
  • Energy

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Certificate in Sustainable Business

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