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The Sustainability Opportunity

Started Aug 30, 2021

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Full course description


August 30, 2021


6 weeks






This is a special joint program from ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business and School of Sustainability.


Standard rate

Our best price! (June 1-July 14) $1,995
Save $300 (July 15-Aug 1) $2,195
Early bird (Aug 2-16) $2,295
Standard rate (Aug 16-30) $2,495

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What you'll learn:

The learning program – including faculty and small team interactions – will require 3-4 hours of your time per week for six consecutive weeks. This program will leverage ASU’s decade of experience as a global leader and innovator in online education to create a truly unique online professional development opportunity. This proven workshop will not be a theoretical or doom-and-gloom treatment of sustainability, but instead will explore several core areas of opportunity. Participants will leave with a certificate from ASU and a professional cohort of peers that will form their new sustainability network. The program also includes follow-up activities after the initial six weeks.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Reconsider current organizational practices through the strategic lens of sustainability and systems thinking.
  2. Apply the context of global sustainability challenges and opportunities to your organization’s goals.
  3. Identify and promote the business case for sustainability, resilience, and innovation return on investment for your organization.
  4. Utilize storytelling communication principles to advance sustainability with organizational leaders and other stakeholders.
  5. Analyze sustainability leadership principles for increased presence and effectiveness at your organization.


Who this course is designed for:

This seminar is designed for mid-career professionals representing a diversity of roles, ranks, company sizes and industries. This includes managers, directors, senior directors, vice presidents and senior vice presidents — all those with strategic oversight of sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR) or the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG), as well as operational managers who aspire to such a role. Although many of the examples used in the course will feature the private sector, professionals from the government, nonprofit and education sectors will be able to apply virtually all of the lessons from the course.



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Meet the instructors

Dr. Shirley-Ann Augustin-Behravesh

Dr. Shirley-Ann Behravesh is a senior sustainability scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation. Behravesh holds degrees in management, finance, manufacturing engineering and sustainability. She has extensive project management experiences, including sustainable technologies, transportation, construction, food and businesses. Her research focuses on understanding sustainable organizational culture, leadership and performance. Professor Behravesh works with non-profit organizations in the field of sustainable procurement, including the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and the American Sustainable Business Council.

Bruno Sarda

Named one of the “most influential sustainability voices in America” by The Guardian, Bruno Sarda was also chosen by Environmental Leader as one of the top 50 sustainability leaders in the US for 2017. As NRG’s head of sustainability, he leads the development and execution of company-wide sustainability initiatives as well as helps drive application of sustainability opportunities and solutions for new and existing customers. Sarda, an experienced commercial advisor, helps NRG Business Solutions create multi-faceted solutions for their customers as they seek to balance their economic, environmental, and social responsibilities. Sarda joined NRG from Dell, Inc. where, as director of sustainability and social responsibility since 2010, he partnered with Dell’s sales organization and key corporate customers to drive collaboration and deepen business relationships, and also worked closely with Dell’s supply chain organization to bridge its sustainability efforts and global sourcing priorities and practices. Sarda is associated with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University as an adjunct professor and senior sustainability scholar.

Dr. George Basile

Dr. Basile is an internationally recognized creative thinker and practitioner in the field of sustainability working to reframe sustainability as a “decision challenge”. Basile started out on a traditional academic career path, with a BS in Physics from University of California-Irvine followed by a PhD in Biophysics from University of California-Berkeley and a post-doc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has held teaching positions at Berkeley and Stanford, and helped develop undergraduate and graduate sustainability programs in the United States and EU. He currently serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations and new ventures, and advises Fortune 500 clients and startups on sustainable strategies, operations, tools and actions. He served as the R&D head of The Natural Step, an accelerator of global sustainability and the Executive Director of the Decision Theater at ASU. Dr. Basile is widely published and is a sought after speaker focusing on creating strategic alignment between business drivers and emerging market needs.

Dr. Kevin J. Dooley

Dr. Dooley is a Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. As Chief Scientist of The Sustainability Consortium, Dooley leads a global research team that works with over 100 of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers to develop tools that measure and track progress on critical product sustainability issues. He has published more than 100 research articles and co-authored an award-winning book Organizational Change and Innovation Processes. Dr. Dooley has provided training or consultation for over 200 companies in the areas of sustainability, supply chain management, quality, and technology and innovation. He obtained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois.

Alycia de Mesa

Alycia de Mesa is professor of Communications for the ASU School of Sustainability graduate programs in Sustainability Leadership and an adjunct professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Benedictine University. Over her 25 year career as a national and international brand and digital marketing advisor, she has worked with businesses from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Alycia is a writer for various business news publications and the author of the books such as Before The Brand: Creating the Unique DNA of an Enduring Brand Identity Hill and Brand Avatar: Translating Virtual World Branding into Real World Success. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from ASU.