Climate Innovation in Corporations

A four-week online course exploring and applying the concepts of corporate climate innovation and design thinking to drive new corporate sustainability solutions.

The course starts Mar 11, 2024. Enrollments close Mar 10, 2024.

Live sessions: Thursdays from 9-10:30am PT/12-1:30pm ET

Course level: Introductory

About this course

A growing number of corporations are making climate commitments; however, there remains a sizable innovation gap for them to achieve those commitments. This course will review the role of climate innovation within corporate sustainability and explore how to create the conditions that foster the development of climate solutions in a company. You’ll learn the key levers of climate innovation available both within and external to a company such as innovation labs and industry collaborations. You’ll explore how to identify new climate solutions using design-thinking principles and how to advance new ideas within a company through business cases.

You’ll walk away from the course with an understanding of how businesses can create an ecosystem that generates new solutions to reach climate goals and how to champion those ideas as an employee, consultant, or leader.

Who is this program for?

Sustainability managers

Leverage your company’s existing resources to develop innovative solutions for your sustainability goals

Environmental consultants

Develop climate solutions for your clients that build on their strengths and have a clear business rationale

Senior leadership

Expand your climate “squad” by empowering all your staff to drive climate action

Employees in sustainability ERG groups

Identify opportunities for climate innovation and build the business case

What climate skills you'll learn

Catalyze climate innovation in corporate settings

Gain insights into the climate innovation landscape and the levers that corporations use to drive innovation

Practice design-thinking on climate

Find people-centered solutions using a systematic process that works in corporate settings

Build the business case for climate innovation

Understand how to build and communicate the business case for new climate solutions within a corporation

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How companies signal the market for climate innovation

Join Daniel Hill, Director of Business and Innovation at EDF and Creator of #OpenDoorClimate, as he discusses the different ways that companies send demand signals to innovators to find missing climate solutions.

The Terra.do difference

Live lab groups

You will meet weekly with the instructor and fellow learners to share perspectives

Skills-based learning

You will engage in individual real-world assignments to immediately apply the skills you’ve learned

Personalized attention

Meet with the instructor 1-on-1 and get individualized feedback on your assignments

Asynchronous and synchronous learning

Flexible learning options to fit your learning style

Meet the course creator

Daniel Hill

Director of Business and Innovation, Environmental Defense Fund, Creator of #OpenDoorClimate

Daniel Hill is the Director of Business and Innovation at Environmental Defense Fund, where he works to accelerate climate innovation within companies, and he oversees EDF’s internal innovation incubator. Daniel also leads initiatives to help others pursue a climate career, including being the creator of the #OpenDoorClimate movement and hosting the Degrees Podcast mini-series The Year of the Climate Job. Previously, Daniel cofounded and led Green Impact Campaign, an environmental nonprofit that empowered students to help local businesses save energy through energy audits. He has five years of experience as an energy and corporate sustainability consultant and is a former Echoing Green Climate fellow, Clean Energy Leadership Institute fellow, and recipient of Alliance to Save Energy’s Rising Star of Energy Efficiency.

Course schedule

Week One: The climate innovation landscape and its role in achieving net zero
  • Readings/viewing: The Next Generation of Climate Innovation – report (BCG), Climate Innovation Imperative – report (EDF)
  • Readings/viewing: 2023 Climate Tech Investment Report (Sightline Climate), Guiding principles to foster environmental innovation – article (EDF)
  • Assignment: Identify a “hotspot” for a new solution for a company that has made a public climate commitment
  • Readings/viewings: Design Thinking Basics – video (IDEO), Move New Ideas Forward in Your Organization – article (IDEO U)
  • Readings/viewings: Review other fellows’ final projects
  • Assignment: Draft a business case for a novel climate solution for a company that has made a public climate commitment

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Sagal Abshir

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Environment Security Unit Head at UN Environment Programme (Kenya)
Valiullah Hashmi

“When you choose to enroll for a program with Terra.Do, you are taking the first steps towards creating and living in your new home. The people, the culture, the knowledge, all of it is instrumental in shaping your transformation into a planet centric human being.”

Lead Designer at BFA Global (India)

Frequently asked questions

The course is four weeks long and will be offered from Mar 11 to Apr 5, 2024. Live sessions will run on Thursdays from 9am-10:30am PT and are structured with 60 minutes of content delivery and 30 minutes of discussion. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but recordings will also be made available.

People that are interested in working in or advancing their career in the corporate sustainability space, and are looking to understand the role that innovation can play to accelerate climate action. Individuals who are looking to build out their corporate sustainability skills and knowledge will benefit from understanding how to identify and build a business case for new climate solutions and the levers available to see company action.

Yes. There are no prerequisites required for this course, and we welcome participants from all backgrounds and regions of the world to participate.

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. Terra.do 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.

We expect to run more cohorts given ongoing demand for this course.

Financial aid is not available for this course.

If you have a question about this course that isn’t covered in the FAQ, please email us at climateinnovation@terra.do.

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