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Pathways in Business and the Environment

These resources provide a set of possible roadmaps for students to consider as they seek to launch careers in the private sector that focus on doing good for communities, ecosystems, and the planet.

Pathways in Business and the Environment

About the program

Private corporations have increasingly stepped forward as leaders in the realm of social and environmental sustainability. By re-thinking their operations and products, companies are actively driving change and making a positive impact. Students across Yale are eager to join this movement, as they seek to launch careers in the private sector that focus on doing good for communities, ecosystems, and the planet.

The Pathways in Business and the Environment series invites sustainability-oriented professionals to discuss the work they do and the journeys they have taken in their careers. By sharing their stories, speakers provide a set of possible roadmaps for students to follow (or avoid). From the outside, roles at the intersection of business and the environment can be difficult to navigate. Events in the series are engaging interactive, with a focus on practical career guidance.

In addition to bringing professionals to engage in discussion, the Pathways program is building a series of guides that offer insights and resources about key industries, such as corporate sustainability and clean energy.

Pathways is supported by CBEY as well as the Career Development Offices at both the School of Management and the School of the Environment.

Small group discussions

In an effort to create opportunities for students to engage in more intimate dialogue with alumni and people in the field, in the Spring semester, we organize a series of small group chats as part of the Pathways in Business and the Environment program. 

These are meant to provide an informal, small-group environment for students to learn and get advice from business leaders and practitioners about crafting a sustainability/environment-focused career in the private sector. These conversations will center around pathways taken to current careers, what the current day-to-day entails, perspectives on broader trends in the field, and practical advice as students think about entering a particular field.  

No presentations! Just informal conversations with people actively engaged in their fields.

These are kicking off!  Join us for our first event:

Brendan Edgerton, Head of Sustainability (Americas) as Designit.

Monday, February 7th at 12:00 - sign up here!



As part of the resources offered to help students navigate their possible career pathways, we host events featuring alumni and others who share about what they do, their personal career journeys, as well as insights on industry trends. 

Checkout our playlist of recorded conversations:


Visual Guides to Career Pathways

Corporate Sustainability

Pathways in corporate Sustainability cover

Download the guide

Corporate sustainability can mean various different programs, jobs and skills to different people in the field of business and the environment.

This downloadable guide is meant to:

  • provide a guide for students to think about the many faces of corporate sustainability across sectors, companies and organizations

  • provide resources, courses, events and alumni examples to help students understand their career options 

Clean Energy

Career Pathways in Clean Energy cover graphic

Download the guide

Global renewable energy employment has seen staggering growth in recent years. The renewable energy industry now employs more than 10 million people around the world, nearly double the number employed just five years prior. 

This downloadable guide aims to:

  • provide a “pathway” for current students interested in a career in the clean energy sector

  • share a summary of where Yale energy alumni are today

  • help current students best position themselves during their limited time at Yale

Upcoming Events

Previous Events

People & Partners

Kelly Emery

MBA 2023
Master of Environmental Management 2023

Program Alumni

Rachel Gould

Beatriz Granziera

Sundara Bhandaram