Mission Zero Partners with CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business

Mission Zero to fund a new climate course, “Climate Action for Business” 

Mission Zero is proud to announce a newly funded program with the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Leeds is committed to educating principled, innovative leaders who drive value. The Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility (CESR) at Leeds is proud to play an integral role in delivering on this commitment.

The Mission Zero Fund at CU Boulder will support the development of a new executive education course, Climate Action for Business, by Pete Dignan (Principal of Ever Better, PBC and Leeds Adjunct Instructor for the certificate in corporate social responsibility), Jeff York (Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business), and Kathryn Wendell (Executive Director, CESR). 

“The Mission Zero Fund at CU Boulder is thrilled to be supporting the development of the Climate Action for Business course. It lines up perfectly with our mission of supporting students with opportunities to work on climate action,” says Scott King, Executive Director at Mission Zero. “The goal of Mission Zero is to make climate education a core part of the curriculum that every student at the University of Colorado experiences. This course is another example of CU’s leadership in climate education and action.”

“We are excited to launch a new CESR-supported executive education program with funding from Mission Zero,” says Wendell, of CESR. “This online course will be able to impact businesses worldwide and give them tools to help mitigate their own climate impact.”

Businesses of all sizes are seeing demand to take rapid, meaningful action to mitigate climate change and to transparently share their climate risks and adaptation plans. While many of the largest publicly traded companies now report their emissions (and emissions reduction commitments) through platforms like CDP and TCFD, most companies have not taken meaningful action. 

The benefits of this new program include:

  • Develop meaningful climate action strategies for businesses.
  • Help companies account for their carbon emissions.
  • Give companies a roadmap for reducing their emissions.

The main takeaway from this course, planned for Fall 2022, will be a template for a climate action plan that connects with the six modules of the class.

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The Mission Zero Fund at CU Boulder sponsors various programs that allow CU faculty and students to work on climate action. These programs engage students in all of the colleges at the University of Colorado Boulder.