As the global human population climbs toward 11 billion this century and consumption demands increase, we must find ways to meet the needs of people in ways that do not forgo possibilities for future generations. The sustainability challenges we face today are marked by extreme complexity, urgency, conflicting demands, and often a paucity of resources or political will to address them. Transforming these challenges into powerful opportunities requires a new kind of leader – one who understands complex systems, creates conditions for innovation, and cultivates practices and partnerships essential to building that future.
The Change Leadership for Sustainability Program prepares students and professionals to advance sustainability by transforming current systems, aligning them with the goal of intergenerational well-being. Our coterminal master’s program and executive education programs integrate theoretical and conceptual knowledge with practical skills and tools, enabling students and professionals to develop mindsets, knowledge and competencies in three critical areas:
- Understanding Complex Social-Environmental Systems
- Understanding Decision Making and Strategies for Leading Change
- Designing Innovations with Impact at Scale
The coterminal master’s degree in Sustainability Science and Practice is available to eligible Stanford undergraduates as a Master of Science or Master of Arts, depending on the chosen set of courses. Executive education is offered through online courses, open-enrollment programs hosted on campus, and custom programs designed for individual clients.