Course description

To inspire and enable people to lead effective change towards environmental sustainability we have created a course to enhance individual change agency skills as applied to a variety of organizational contexts (education business government nonprofit church community). The course explores what change leadership for sustainability is and guides students to advance their related capabilities competencies and strategies. The personal interpersonal organizational and technical dimensions of change leadership for sustainability are addressed. A variety of specific case studies and examples of sustainability in practice including everything from green building design and renewable energy to environmental purchasing are explored. Interdependencies between finance politics relationships capacity building technology and more are discussed. Students leave with an experiential knowledge of change management because they are required to complete a project involving a real life change leadership project of their choice. Students typically find this project to be both deeply rewarding and central to the development of their knowledge and confidence as change managers.


  • Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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