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BLENDED PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE:

Chief Sustainability Officer

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BLENDED PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE:

Chief Sustainability Officer

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DEADLINE EXTENDED

First weeks are orientation module only, not affecting the full Blended Methodology.

DURATION
HOURS OF EFFORT
MIT CEU’s
LANGUAGE
FORMAT
PRICE
APPLICATION FEE

Why is a CSO integral to the quality of your organization?

The role and importance of Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) may be relatively new, but it is rapidly becoming more and more essential in organizations, as concerns about sustainability and effects of climate change increasingly dominate the global agenda. Organizations must do their part to assist in this international responsibility.

A CSO drives the sustainability strategy of an organization, serves as the primary advocate, and monitors its efforts. This integral position is now a fixture in the C-suite.

The inherent benefits of putting sustainability at the center of a corporate strategy are diverse both for the success of the organization and in ethical terms. The benefits reaped from a CSO include increasing profits, improving the company’s reputation, making the organization more likely to attract and retain talent, increasing customer relations, and creating a culture of positive sustainable change within the company.

228%

Demand for CSOs has grown by roughly 228% over the last decade.

Source: Weinreb Group

20%

Executive who received leadership training improved their performance by 20%.

Source: Research Gate 2021

54%

In 2021, the percentage of women in CSO roles has almost doubled, now accounting for more than half (54%) of CSO positions.

Source: Business Chief

Blended Professional Certificate: Chief Sustainability Officer

The full scope of ‘sustainability’ covers a wide range of topics from our global and regional environments, green industries, and infrastructure to complex geopolitical dynamics. All are inextricably interconnected. Understanding the limitations and the progress of our systems at every step is a critical step in understanding how we can begin to envision a better way forward.

Realizing our current state of sustainability is essential to accelerating it. From here we must highlight how to evolve, enhance, and implement our systems in the present for the future.

MIT Professional Education’s Blended Professional Certificate in Chief Sustainability Officer is aimed at professionals with seniority in their organizations who want to better execute sustainable practices as Chief Sustainability Officers.

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The Learning Journey

In this 12-month program, participants will explore these five courses that will equip you with the tools and frameworks to lead the Sustainability strategy.

1. Leadership and Innovation

With this program, participants will learn to lead by coming to know themselves better, harnessing their own creativity, and building teams and organizations through the culture of innovation.

2. Sustainability: Strategy and Opportunities for Industry

The time to act is upon us, and increased focus on sustainability provides businesses with significant benefits, from reductions in waste and costs to additional opportunities for investment as consumer behavior evolves.

3. Life Cycle Assessment: Quantifying Environmental Impacts

This course will provide a foundation for conducting and interpreting LCAs, following the approach defined in international standards. The steps include goal and scope definition, life cycle inventory, life cycle impact assessment, and interpretation.

4. Sustainable Infrastructure: Planning and Operations

You will explore systems theory as the basis for analysis, development, and engineering of sustainable, adaptable technological systems. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop modern sustainable infrastructure, from public policy and planning to operations management and data collection.

5. Circular Economy: Transition for Future Sustainability

This course provides a fundamental understanding of the meaning and evolution of a circular economy and the roles of material science, economic and institutional. Explore innovation and evolution with a focus on circular economies at the corporate level, through specific examples like water, metals and waste recycling, and others.

6. Impact project

The Impact Project is a transversal project that will be carried out throughout the Blended Professional Certificate. Participants will work in teams on a series of assignments that will culminate in a final presentation on the MIT Campus.

Participants will be given a choice of two tracks for this project:

1. Work on a project with an industry challenge provided by the learning facilitator.
2. Work on a project (industry challenge) chosen by the group and approved by the learning facilitator.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop individual reflections on the theoretical and practical concepts covered throughout the certificate courses
2. Apply knowledge acquired in courses to real-life industry cases
3. Integrate and connect ideas from each course, resulting in transversal knowledge acquisition
4. Build a community of practice in small groups, proposing concrete solutions to complex industry problems

Premium Access to the MIT Professional Education Ecosystem

You will have exclusive access to networking events, live online sessions with guest speakers, company visits, and the international MIT Alumni network.

Career Development

You will participate in sessions with a career advancement coach who will guide you toward your goals and prepare you for new and exciting challenges.

Digital Pathway Access

You will have access to a gallery of webinars in multiple languages on a wide variety of relevant topics. Additionally, you will be invited to attend upcoming live webinars.

Application Process

To be considered as an eligible candidate, please proceed with the following steps: 

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Complete the application form and pay the non-refundable fee
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Receive a call for an interview with our admissions team
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Our Admission Advisors will inform the final decision. (2 business days max)
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Your place in the course will be confirmed, and you will receive a welcome email with the next steps

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What is included in the fee?

  • The program fee includes teaching fees, access to online coursework, and transportation to the different activities taking place during the face-to-face events.
  • The program fee does not include accommodations for the in-campus weeks, travel expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, and more), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fees.

Key Takeaways

Throughout this professional program, you will:

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Understand what is sustainability, its root causes and how to measure it through different techniques.

2.

Formulate cogent and rigorous positions and arguments in order to make sustainability decisions within your organization.

3.

Being able to elaborate pragmatic strategies that can be employed across different sectors to bolster sustainability.

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Learn how to implement life-cycle sustainability assessments (LCSAs) to identify and develop new methods for boosting sustainability.

5.

Understand the meaning and evolution of a circular economy and the roles of material science, economic and institutional structures, and technology.

6.

Acquire the required leadership skills to drive and implement the sustainability agenda in your company.

In addition, you will receive a Certificate of Completion

All the participants who successfully complete Chief Sustainability Officer will recieve a Certificate of Completion from MIT Professional Education. Furthermore, the participants who complete the program recieve Continuing Education Units (CEUs)*.

To obtain CEUs, complete the accreditation confirmation, which is available at the end of the course. CEUs are calculated for each course based on the number of learning hours.

* The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as 10 contact hours of ongoing learning to indicate the amount of time they have devoted to a non-credit/non-degree professional development program.

To understand whether or not these CEUs may be applied toward professional certification, licensing requirements, or other required training or continuing education hours, please consult your training department or licensing authority directly.

This Blended Professional Certificate:Chief Sustainability Officer is designed for

  • Directors and VP responsible to setting and running the Sustainability agenda and strategy in their companies.
  • Current and aspiring C-suite executives responsible for strategy.
  • Senior consultants and entrepreneurs focused on sustainability.
  • Policy makers and development markers that need a deep understanding about Sustainability and how to manage it.

Participants are required to have:

  • A minimum of ten years of experience working in a managerial position
  • At least 3 years of experience managing projects related to technology, innovation, or business development
  • International experience is appreciated

Meet the instructors of this program

Listed in alphabetical order 
PROFESSOR OF BUILDING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND DIRECTOR OF MIT ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS INITIATIVE

Prof. John E. Fernández

“To succeed in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, one should use the most powerful tool for amplifying the benefits of each investment: technology innovation.”

Professor Fernández is first and foremost a practicing architect who has designed more than 2.5 million square feet of new construction in major cities around the world including New York City, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

His work in sustainability began with research regarding materials for high performance buildings, low energy residence, and urbanization.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MIT CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY CONSORTIUM

Dr. Jeremy Gregory

“We have people who have specialized in materials science, engineering and in economics and environment. My specific background is about trying to tie those things together, particularly engineering, economics and environmental issues.”

He studies the economic and environmental implications of engineering and system design decisions, particularly in materials production and recovery systems.

Gregory’s research topics include product and firm environmental foot-printing, manufacturing and life-cycle cost analysis, and characterization of sustainable material systems. He has applied these methods, often with industry partners, to a range of products and industries, including cement, buildings, automobiles, electronics, consumer goods, and waste treatment and recovery. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Montana State University, and an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Faculty David Niño
SENIOR LECTURER IN THE DANIEL J. RICCIO GRADUATE ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AT MIT

Dr. David Niño

"Leaders learn to find important problems but define them in such a way that allows a team to come together to solve them".

David Niño is a senior lecturer on the Daniel J. Riccio Graduate Engineering Leadership Program at MIT. Previously, he was a professor in the practice of engineering leadership at Rice University. During this tenure, he led the creation of the first four-year certificate in engineering leadership and was director of Leadership Rice, the university’s leadership development program.

A former professor of management, Dr. Niño has published works on leadership, ethics, corporate culture, and the development of professional management skills. He has conducted research in cutting-edge technology environments and is currently interested in researching how leadership develops among engineers and in engineering organizations. Dr. Niño has taught leadership since 1998 at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and executive/professional levels.

He is currently a founding officer of the Leadership Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and advises professionals and executives on leadership and development issues.

He holds a PhD in management from the University of Texas, Austin, where he also studied for his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Master of Arts.

ASSOCIATE DEAN OF ENGINEERING, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AT MIT, AND CO-DIRECTOR OF MIT CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY CONSORTIUM

Prof. Elsa Olivetti

“In the circular economy, waste is minimized through reuse, reducing resource consumption by regeneratively cycling economic, natural, and social capital.”

Her research centers on improving the environmental and economic sustainability of materials in the context of growing global demand.

Olivetti’s interests span three levels of materials production: operational-level, industrial network-level and market-level strategies. She is focused on two areas with the potential for significant environmental benefits: improving the sustainability of materials through increased use of recycled and renewable materials, recycling-friendly material design, and intelligent waste disposition; and understanding the implications of substitution, dematerialization, and waste mining on materials markets.

Olivetti earned a BS in engineering science from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from MIT.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MIT AND ADJUNCT LECTURER IN PUBLIC POLICY, HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL

Dr. Afreen Siddiqi

“As we optimize resource extraction and energy production and use, we need to shift our focus to understanding the interconnectedness of our finite resources.”

Siddiqi’s research develops systems-theoretic methods, with data-driven analysis, for novel insights to inform design, decisions, and policy for engineered systems. The methods combine simulation, optimization, and decision analysis. Her recent work has focused on new hydropower, desalination, waste-to-energy, and agriculture systems, and on understanding the systemic interconnections between water, energy, and food security. Siddiqi has co-authored one book and over 90 publications in some of the world’s foremost technical and scientific journals.
PROFESSOR OF AERONAUTICS, ASTRONAUTICS AND ENGINEERING SYSTEMS, MIT

Prof. Olivier de Weck

"The design of platforms and product families is aimed at achieving long-term success and survival of companies".

De Weck is a leader in systems engineering research. His focus is on how complex human-made systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, printers, and critical infrastructures are designed and how they evolve over time. His main emphasis is on strategic properties that have the potential to maximize lifecycle value and minimize planned obsolescence.

Since 2001, de Weck’s group has developed original quantitative methods and tools that explicitly consider manufacturability, flexibility, commonality, and sustainability, among other characteristics. De Weck’s teaching emphasizes excellence, innovation, and the irrefutable bridge between theory and practice.

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