Classes on What Every Good Green Exec Should Know

Classes on What Every Good Green Exec Should Know

What's the key to making a company's sustainability strategy work from the ground up? What are the principles of sustainable investing, what are the risks and opportunities, and how do you build a sustainable portfolio? guest writers Robert B. Pojasek and Cary Krosinsky share their insights on the subjects in courses being offered this semester at Harvard and Columbia.

Pojasek's course, "Strategies for Sustainability Management," is now in its eighth edition at Harvard University Extension School. The class begins January 25 and registration is currently available for the course, which can be attended online as one of the school's open enrollment, distance-learning opportunities.

Last year, more than 120 students from 20 countries took the course, Pojasek said.

{related_content}The course is taught using a case method approach, and each year several plant managers participate. "We have presentations from people involved in the case that is used throughout the course," said Pojasek (pictured below).

"We try to make the course as real as possible," he said. "Graduate students write a paper on how they have applied the contents of the course to their own facility or to a local government or other organization activity."

Pojasek, the sustainability practice leader at Capaccio Environmental Engineering Inc., is an adjunct lecturer with the Harvard University School of Public Health and has taught at the Harvard Extension School for 10 years. 

He also is the chair of the Board of Governors of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and is an internationally recognized expert on the topic of business sustainability and process improvement.

Krosinsky's "Sustainable Investing" course is being offered by the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University's Earth Institute.

The class begins on January 25, and registration for the course and others in the CERC certificate program is still open. Streamlined registration is available for people interested in taking a single course without enrolling in the program.

Krosinsky's course is the second half of a two-part offering (pdf), though it's not required for participants to have taken the earlier class. This session will delve more deeply into the financial measurement of environmental factors using a model of a sustainable portfolio.

Krosinsky (pictured above) provides a look at the model constructed by the earlier class as well as highlights of that session in his recent post for, "Resolution for a New Decade: Sustainability and Investing."

Krosinsky is vice president for Trucost, which has built the world's most extensive time series database of more than 700 emissions and pollutants as are generated by more than 4,500 public companies around the world.

He is also co-editor of the recently released book "Sustainable Investing: The Art of Long Term Performance," with Nick Robins, HSBC's head of climate change.

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