Sustainable Business


Developed in partnership with environmental nonprofit GreenBlue, a leader in the field of sustainable packaging, UVA’s certificate program integrates traditional business skills with world-changing thinking, helping you become an advocate and a leader for the greater good. 


At least one year of college completed and a current resume

Deadline to Apply

Not accepting applications at this time

Duration & Format

13 weeks online

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Drive value through sustainability.

Organizations that employ sustainable business practices are creating competitive advantage, lifting revenues, and growing their customer base. Yet, according to Bain Capital, 90% of the world's companies will need to reinvent their core businesses if we are to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. This program will help put your values into practice. You will: 

  • Understand the fundamental challenges and business opportunities arising from the global sustainability crisis
  • Develop frameworks for assessing the effects of strategic decision making on an organization’s economic, social, and environment bottom lines
  • Draft actionable strategies for improving organizational sustainability in any industry
  • Learn tools for calculating the environmental footprint and projecting the impact of sustainable initiatives
  • Learn best practices for improving product design and system efficiency
Program Highlights


  • Learn about sustainability from the environmental, social, and business perspectives.

  • Build an action plan to develop a sustainable strategy for your product, project, or organization.

  • Learn from real-world case studies featuring companies such as Oracle, Tesla, Nike, BlackRock, BMW, LUSH cosmetics, PwC, and Qantas.

  • Hear from some of the world’s most prominent business leaders on how they have incorporated sustainable strategy into their businesses.


McIntire’s Sustainable Business Certificate has opened doors and provided new focus for me in my professional field. I studied sustainability and business separately in college, but this certification marries the skills of both disciplines and allowed me to make tangible change in my organization. I am equipped to identify sustainability challenges in business, evaluate opportunities for improvement, and implement new processes and solutions that both work towards a sustainable future and support the bottom line.

Katie White

The Martin Agency, Account Supervisor


We take an integrated view of creating and managing sustainable businesses. You'll gain perspective from environmental science, business, and architecture lenses as you advance the journey to sustainability while creating business value.

Identify Sustainable Business Challenges

Explore the key environmental challenges in areas, including:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate and energy
  • Water and oceans
  • Forests
  • Land and food

Understand ways firms can mitigate, adapt, and innovate to better protect and conserve these resources.

Evaluate Alternative Business Solutions

Investigate how to create a more sustainable business by aligning:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Strategy

Analyze business sustainability cases from leading firms to distill best practices and processes.

Implement Change in Organizations

Use design thinking to identify opportunities to:

  • Increase revenue
  • Decrease operating costs
  • Do more with less
  • Reduce risk

Use life cycle analysis (LCA) to assess the environmental impact in the circular economy.

Program Faculty

Mark A. White
Mark A. White
Associate Professor of Commerce
Director, McIntire Business Institute
Kerrie Aman Carfagno
Kerrie Aman Carfagno
Associate Professor
General Faculty
Director, Management Communication Programs
Lisa Colosi-Peterson
Lisa Colosi-Peterson
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies
Phoebe Crisman
Phoebe Crisman
Professor of Architecture
Director, Global Environments and Sustainability Major
Howie Epstein
Howie Epstein
Professor of Environmental Science