Join us for an online webinar to learn more about the Sustainability Area, careers, student opportunities and how to apply to new experiential learning courses.

Oct 2nd from Noon to 1:30 PM

1. SUST 6151 Innovating Sustainable Impact (In Costa Rica)

Attention MBA students and MMgt students, are you looking to:

  • Internationalize your degree?
  • Travel to Costa Rica and York University’s Las Nubes EcoCampus?
  • Complete an elective towards the Sustainability Specialization or Diploma in Business and the Environment?
  • Complete an international alternative to required course MSTM 6000? (MMgt Students)

Then this course may be for you!

SUST 6151 explores how social innovation can be used to build more sustainable and impactful solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges. Despite the incredible progress in the overall level of human development over the past century, a number of significant global challenges persist in both developed and developing countries, including generational poverty, discrimination, corruption, and climate change. This is primarily a project-based course with a focus on working directly with disadvantaged populations in Costa Rica to collectively identify innovative business models that are capable of providing meaningful work to such individuals.


  • Two in-person sessions will take place March 20th and March 27th, 2024, from 2:30-5:30 PM
  • Field experience takes place in Costa April 19th – 27th, 2024.


  • All in-country Costa-Rica costs associated with the course (e.g., lodging, food, transportation) will be covered by the program.
  • Students are responsible for all travel related costs and bookings (including insurance, visas and air transport as well as any expenses related to additional time in Costa Rica).

Who may participate?

  • This is course is open to MBA, MES and MMGT students. Approximately 20 – 25 students will be taking part.
  • MBA student can apply to take this course as a Winter or Summer elective.
  • MMgt student may enrol in Summer 2024.


SUST 6152 Scaling Climate Innovations (with the MaRS Discovery District) – *subject to Faculty approval

Attention MBA, MMgt and BBA students, are you looking to:

  • Add some experiential learning to your degree?
  • Be exposed to the MaRS Discovery District.
  • Gain knowledge about Net- Zero opportunities in areas such as sustainable mining, carbon management, and public procurement.
  • Complete an elective towards the MBA Sustainability or BBA Responsible Business Specialization or MBA Diploma in Business and the Environment?

Then this course may be for you!

SUST 6152 explores how new technologies and practices intended to tackle climate change can be adapted and scaled. This is primarily a project based-course course focused on learning how to map out existing socio-technical systems and landscapes for a given technological niche (e.g., key players, processes, practices), identify multi-level barriers to the adoption of niche climate innovations, and formulate a strategy for overcoming such barriers (grounded within primary data collection within Canada, but also incorporating best practices and case studies globally). Furthermore, it is an experiential education opportunity in partnership with the MaRS Discovery District’s Net Zero Mission ( in which a select number of students will be engaged as ‘Climate Fellows’ at MaRS throughout the duration of the course. As a result, admission into the course will occur through a competitive application process.


  • Winter term 2024

How do I apply?

Attend a virtual information session on Oct 2nd from Noon to 1:30 PM and find out all about the opportunities and how to apply.  Click on the following link to register

  • Applications will open:  October 2, 2023
  • Applications are due: October 16, 2023 at noon.
  • Selection decisions: will be made by October 27, 2023

Students must apply individually and are selected on the basis of academic excellence, work ethic, and group skills. Preference may be given to students pursuing the Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment or the Sustainability Specialization. The faculty leader will form groups.