Urban centers need Sustainability Practitioners

Jay Owen Sustainability News

Atlanta one of many urban centers needing Sustainability Practitioners

The Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience accepts climate science.  Atlanta hired a new sustainability director in late 2016.  Coca-cola, Delta, Rubbermaid, Home Depot and UPS, all based in Atlanta, have strong statements on sustainability and put out Sustainability Reports.

The number of studies in sustainability doubles every 8 years.  The green chemistry industry is set to grow to $100 billion by 2020.  Over 43% of executives expect their companies to align sustainability goals with their corporate image.

The field of sustainability is growing! And so are career opportunities.

In-demand jobs include sustainability consultant, campus directors and managers, CSR professionals, green building professionals and investment advisors.  Chief sustainability executives average over $165,000 in annual salaries.  Even entry-level managers earn over $40,000 with a median salary for managers of $72,000.

Sustainability professionals can fit anywhere in the system.  In the most recent Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program led by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE), professionals in Human Resources, HSE, real estate, NGOs, manufacturing, apparel, food and beverage and environmental consulting attended.

Improving credentials can lead to a pay boost, facilitate upward mobility, ensure job security, and increase an employee’s value to their company.  And, whether water or food, waste or energy, human rights, employee satisfaction, livability or prosperity, corporations need sustainability practitioners trained to develop sustainable supply chains and avoid the pitfalls of greenwashing.

Sustainability skills can come from an expensive degree or “on the job” (with inevitable mistakes and time-consuming trial and error).  CSE is offering an in-person Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program in Atlanta, March 8-9, 2018.   Other locations for 2018 include Toronto and New York.