Corporate Sustainability Systems Specialization

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Addressing sustainable environmental management solutions

Corporate sustainability systems prepares you to address the environmental impact of a business or organization by:

  • Recognizing sustainable business opportunities that generate value associated with a firm's products and manufacturing processes
  • Identifying opportunities to improve current and future environmental impacts to both the firm and society

Learn how environmental life cycle assessment, corporate environmental strategy, and environmental regulatory compliance can add value to a company's bottom line. Topics you'll focus on include:

  • Analytical tools
  • The business, legal, regulatory, and ethical framework in which industrial firms operate
  • Techniques used to reduce and improve the environmental impacts of industrial activity
  • Physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms to manage industrial waste emissions
  • Effective risk communication


Minors and certificate

  • Minors that complement corporate sustainability systems would be management, sustainability studies, applied economics, or economics
  • Consider the Technical Communication Certificate

Research opportunities with our faculty

We have an active research faculty, and some may have opportunities for you to work on a project.

As a student with a specialization in corporate sustainability systems, you may want to consider the following research area within our department:

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Admission and degree

You can apply for admission to the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

You will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Systems Management with a specialization in corporate sustainability systems, which will appear on your official transcript.


Learn more about careers in corporate sustainability systems and see a sample list of employers.

Contact us

If you have questions, would like to meet faculty, or tour our labs, please e-mail [email protected] or contact our SSM major coordinators:

Tim Smith
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Omar Espinoza
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