Corporate Sustainability Leadership

6-week deep dive on sustainability strategies, implementation frameworks, organizational reporting and impact assessment.

Understand and implement high-impact corporate sustainability strategies

Articulate the business case for sustainability

Learn how to communicate the business case for sustainability. Understand how to examine risks/opportunities and use quantitative data to persuade decision makers. Build coalitions of internal and external stakeholders to champion your sustainability strategies.

Design & execute sustainability roadmap

Create a world-class corporate sustainability strategy and develop a roadmap to deliver on it. Understand proven sustainability strategies and implementation tactics. Learn to deploy comprehensive frameworks.

Tap into global network of sustainability experts

Leverage Terra’s network of business leaders, CSR professionals, suppliers, manufacturers, investors, and general climate experts. Be part of a global network that will be open to you forever and will keep growing with future cohorts.


World-class instructors and guest lecturers

Vance Merolla

Course Creator and Lead Instructor

Global Director of Global Sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive Company

As Worldwide Director of Global Sustainability for Colgate-Palmolive Company, a consumer products company based in New York City, Vance is responsible for leading Colgate’s worldwide sustainability strategy and programs around climate, energy efficiency, water stewardship, waste reduction, and sustainable buildings. Prior to his current 20+ years with Colgate, he was an environmental consulting group manager for the URS Corporation. Vance is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the states of New York, New Jersey and Washington, a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-Accredited Professional, and a Member of the USGBC NJ Chapter Board of Directors. Vance is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University in NYC, where he teaches a graduate course in Sustainable Operations.

Our Guest Speakers

Marina Haydn

Senior Sustainability Strategist, Quantis (USA)

Marina Haydn is a Senior Sustainability Strategist with Quantis working with clients and science experts to enable businesses to deeply improve its environmental impact. Quantis is a specialist environmental sustainability consultancy that guides top organisations in defining, shaping and implementing their strategies and solutions with a scientific approach.

Her environmental sustainability expertise covering strategy, development and implementation was built during her previous role of EVP Sustainability with The Economist Group, where she pioneered the organisation’s first sustainability strategy and embedded it across the organisation while completing studies with the Sustainability Management School Switzerland (SUMAS).

This follows a 20 year career in marketing and business management with The Economist Group. As EVP and Managing Director, Circulation she carried full P&L and operational responsibility for the readership business for The Economist, the largest revenue driver for the organisation. This included leadership of a global team covering marketing (subscription acquisition & retention, customer service), data and insight, retail, and operations.

Apoorv Garg

Director of Supply Chain at Prometheus Fuels and Angel Investor

Apoorv has multiple years of experience working on some of the most disruptive technologies across electric mobility, carbon capture, robotics, IOT, among others. He currently serves as an Independent Consultant to head the supply chain at Prometheus Fuels, a unicorn focused on producing net zero carbon fuels from carbon capture. He is leading Prometheus’s supply chain strategy as they ramp up to production. He also advises startups in India looking to make a transition to sustainable materials, processes and technologies.

Prior to this, he served as a Team leader within Tesla’s supply chain, launching multiple vehicles across global manufacturing plants for Tesla. Formerly, he engineered vehicles for Suzuki.

He has seen supply chain across different organisations and countries, and he understands the realities of supply chains as they exist. He loves sharing this experience and zeal for sustainability.

Rachel Stern

Worldwide Manager, Enterprise ESG Reporting & Disclosure, Johnson & Johnson

Rachel works at Johnson & Johnson as the Worldwide Manager of Enterprise ESG Reporting & Disclosure. In this role she leads the annual publication of the Health for Humanity Report, the Company’s primary channel for ESG disclosure. She also collaborates to advance ESG integration across Johnson & Johnson.
Prior to her work at J&J, Rachel has spent her career focusing on environmental sustainability, ESG reporting and economic research. She worked for the Port of San Diego implementing environmental projects in renewable energy, clean transportation, battery storage and energy efficiency. Rachel also worked at the World Bank structuring funds to promote private sector investment in climate finance. With additional experience conducting macroeconomic research at the Federal reserve Bank of Boston, creating ESG sector-based standards at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and now leading sustainability reporting and disclosure for Johnson & Johnson, she is excited to share her passion for sustainability with others interested in navigating this ever-evolving field.

Mathsy Kutty

Sr. Program Manager, The Climate Pledge

Mathsy works as a Sr. Program Manager for The Climate Pledge (TCP) at Amazon and leads the Climate Pledge outreach and collaboration program for Asia Pacific region. She will work closely with The Climate Pledge team, Global Optimism & the sustainability teams to engage with existing and potential signatories in the region. Mathsy comes with nearly 19 years of experience in sustainability and climate change and played a key role in crafting the climate change strategy for Infosys, the first Indian to be carbon neutral across all scopes. Prior to that, she worked as a UN approved auditor for carbon offset projects.

Austin Whitman

CEO and Co-founder, Climate Neutral

Austin Whitman is the CEO and a Co-Founder of Climate Neutral, a nonprofit that provides a trusted certification for carbon neutrality. Since its launch three years ago, Climate Neutral has worked with over 400 companies. The Climate Neutral Certified label is used on thousands of products and has quickly become the leading consumer climate label. Austin’s work in climate change began nearly 20 years ago and has spanned across roles in finance, policy, cleantech, consulting, energy, and nonprofits.

Isabella Todaro

Director of carbon measurement, Climate Neutral

Isabella Todaro is Climate Neutral’s director of carbon measurement. She works with hundreds of brands each year on emissions measurement, and led Climate Neutral’s certification process as we grew from zero to 300 certified brands. Bella joined the Climate Neutral team with experience in nonprofit and social enterprise work, focusing on sustainable development and off-grid energy in East Africa. She earned a degree in environmental policy from Georgetown University.


Learn with (and from!) peers and alumni

We take care to bring together an accomplished group of passionate individuals with deep desire to connect, which ensures that your learning goes beyond the classroom.

Course breakdown

Sign up to get a detailed syllabus in your inbox, or check out a week-by-week outline below. 

Week One

The Business Case for Sustainability

We will begin by defining sustainability through a business lens and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To understand which issues matter most, we will discuss the material assessment process as a way to evaluate risks & opportunities against key stakeholder expectations.

Understanding Your Value Chain Impacts

By examining end-to-end operational aspects of sustainability through the lens of greenhouse gases (GHGs), we will identify potential “hotspots” for reducing emissions across the value chain.

Internal Stakeholder Engagement

Building on our analysis of the value chain, we will next focus on how to embed sustainability into the organization by engaging internal stakeholders and integrating into existing systems and functions, aiming to make sustainability a normal part of day-to-day work.

Sustainability Ambitions, Strategy and Targets

As businesses work to define their sustainability ambitions and targets, they need to deploy comprehensive frameworks to help ensure robust future-proof outcomes. We will review examples of sustainability strategic models, public reporting, and setting of science-based targets.

Embedding Sustainability into Your Business

To bring sustainability to life within a business, it ultimately must be embedded into a company’s values, business strategy and functions. We will explore ways to embed sustainability as a growth strategy, as a functional overlay, and as an employee tactic to attract and retain talent.

Sustainability Communications and Storytelling

As a way to conclude, we will look at the importance of communicating sustainability to all stakeholders in an authentic and transparent manner. We will discuss meaningful, authentic and transparent brand messaging and storytelling.

Personalized and relevant instruction

Our world-class faculty are industry experts that are trained in online teaching and facilitation techniques. Think of them as your personal coaches as you navigate your own climate leadership journey in your company

Live Discussion Groups

Once a week, you will meet with your instructor in live, small-group sessions to:

Hands-on Projects

Through group and individual projects, you will:

Expert Guest Talks

Once a week, you will meet experts in interactive small-group sessions to:

Latest Material

We update our learning material to stay cutting-edge:

Pricing and expected commitment

US$ 999 / 6 weeks

or 6 installments of $166/mo.

Intensive Program

6 week duration, with 5 hours of time commitment per week.

Community Learning

Each class has fellows split into groups of 20-25 with extensive skills, background, and passion

Exclusive events

Guest lectures from experts, also available for later viewing.

Online Content

100% online, with instructors available via Zoom, Slack, and email.

Our fellows say it best...

Sai Araveti the best place for one to build a strong foundation on all things climate, learn from a diverse cohort (entrepreneurs, economists, journalists, policy analysts, investors) through different PoVs for each problem, leverage the value of a strong network of instructors, guest lecturers, mentors.

Yohei Nakajima

Marc and Sarah are genuine human beings who share a passion for creating and teaching others how to create the better, more livable world that we all need.

Sydney Schwindt

This class was so helpful in giving resources and examples of various climate design projects. It also was great for getting to know other like minded people in the community! Looking forward to further work through all of this!

Isobel Davis

Treasured community experience of faculty, mentors and fellows. Action focus here was very supportive of next goals. The program is interdisciplinary, equity focused, international, enriched & empowering for adapting my work for the climate space & for more impact with current projects.

Who is this program for?

Climate Change presents tremendous risks and opportunities for every business. This program is designed for purpose driven professionals who want to take climate action in their workplace and effectively manage the delivery of a sustainability strategy.

Purpose-driven Professional

You are a purpose driven business professional who wants to be a sustainability change agent within your organization.

Responsible for Sustainability Goals

You want to understand how to deliver on your team’s sustainability strategy and accelerate your organization's sustainability goals.

Learn from Industry Experts

You want to learn from an industry leader who has a 20-year track record of successfully implementing sustainability initiatives.

Time Commitment

You have sufficient time (5 hours/week) to dedicate to the program.

Not a Business Professional

You don’t consider yourself a business professional.

Too Busy

You don’t have the time to commit to a deep dive right now (you can always apply for later cohorts).

Frequently asked questions

This program is designed for business professionals concerned about climate change who aspire to be sustainability change agents in the workplace. This course will benefit those just starting out on their climate journey and those currently delivering on their company’s sustainability strategy. It will be relevant for business professionals and aspiring sustainability consultants.

If you’re less than 2 weeks into the program, we’ll refund you 100%. Our only request would be to give us feedback so we can improve the program.

The program is a combination of classes and live guest talks. We encourage a diverse global pool of participants from around the world, and we understand that live event times might not work for everyone. As such, all classes will be recorded for later viewing at your convenience. We will also have a Slack channel to facilitate asynchronous discussions for the global cohort. Our expectation is that everyone will take the course alongside cohort.

We want this program to work for learners of all stripes, regardless of individual or organizational ability to pay. Please apply—we will make every effort to accommodate the circumstances of qualified students.

Several organizations have learning or professional development budgets for their employees. We encourage you to enquire about and utilize this budget to attend the course. will help you get reimbursed for the course by providing an invoice, a certificate, and any other documentation you need. If you have approval from your company, we can also arrange for your company to pay directly.

This is our second cohort and we expect to run more cohorts given ongoing demand for this course.

We regularly review applications as they come in. It usually takes about five business days.

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