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Corporate Water Risk and Strategy Workshop Series

Water issues have become a fundamental risk consideration for any company involved in manufacturing, with an extractive or agricultural supply chain, or operating in water-stressed regions. This workshop series provides students with a basic fluency in the terminology of water risk.

Corporate Water Risk and Strategy Workshop Series

Water issues have moved beyond the province of the beverage industry and water utilities. They are now an integral piece of the risk matrix for companies involved in manufacturing, those with an extractive or agricultural supply chain, and those operating in water-stressed regions.

The Corporate Water Risk and Strategy Workshop is a six-week, student-run course that provides a platform for groups of students from across Yale to collaborate and work with a client on a current water-related business or supply-chain question. In past years, the majority of students have been from the School of Management and the School of the Environment, leading to teams with a strong mix of business and sustainability knowledge; however, students from all schools across Yale are encouraged to participate. This workshop was created out of a need to better understand the complexity of water-related risk and to integrate water risk awareness into corporate and supply chain practices and decision-making. It has been student-run since 2015.

Over the 6-week course, students will strengthen their understanding of water risk and management through presentations from experts in the field and conversations with the client and stakeholders. Students will analyze the topics of water resource materiality and risk through a holistic lens, with the end goal of developing solutions that address the shared risk water challenges pose to a supply chain, from agricultural to corporate operations. The case study presented by the client will provide students with basic fluency in the terminology of water risk, as well as the relevant tools, ideas, and processes needed to improve stakeholder communication and water resource management. At the end of the course, student groups will present their findings and proposals to the client.

The 2022 Workshop series

Project Course Title: Corporate Water Risk and Strategy Workshop - YSE 1153-02

Interested in the commercially viable seaweed market and its impact on people and the environment?

This year’s client is Atlantic Sea Farms, a kelp aquaculture company based in Maine. Atlantic Sea Farms was founded in 2009 and was the first commercially viable seaweed farm in the United States, intending to diversify how US coastal waters are used and provide a domestic, fresh, healthy alternative to imported seaweed products. Atlantic Sea Farms is dedicated to finding new ways for lobster fishermen to work on the water while improving the health of our oceans.

Atlantic Sea Farms is interested in benchmarking the environmental benefits of kelp production compared to analogous produce and documenting other environmental and health benefits of kelp. This term, the project teams will investigate water usage from several different lenses to provide Atlantic Sea Farms with a comprehensive and actionable deliverable.

The workshop will be held over six Tuesday sessions from 4-7 pm, starting October 25th.

Questions? Reach out to Rob Rioux and Jessie Wainer.



The Workshop will be held over six Tuesday sessions, 4-7pm ET in the Fall-2, 2022 semester, beginning October 25th.

  • Session 1: Oct 25th - 4pm-7pm – Kickoff Meeting
  • Session 2: Nov 1st – 4pm-7pm
  • Session 3: Nov 8th - 4pm-7pm
  • Session 4: Nov 15th - 4pm-7pm
  • Session 5: Nov 29th - 4pm-7pm 
  • Session 6: Dec 6th - 4pm-7pm – Final Presentations

Registration info

The application is now closed. Thanks for the great response!

Enrollment in the workshop will be limited to approximately 20 students. This workshop is offered for 1.5 credits at YSE and 1 credit at SOM. Once you are accepted into the workshop, you will need to register for the project course by submitting the below add/drop form to YSE Registrar’s office by October 17, 2022. Add/Drop Form can be found here:


People & Partners

Todd Cort

Senior Lecturer in Sustainability at Yale School of Management
Faculty Co-Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment

Stuart DeCew

Executive Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
MBA 2011
Master of Environmental Management 2011

Program Alumni

Kristen Wraithwall

Jeamme Chia

Susannah Harris

Max Storto

Alli Chlapaty