The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them. —Paul Hawken
Environmental Studies graduates go on to a wide variety of careers in business, NGO's, Municipalities, and trade and professional organizations. The GVSU Environmental Studies program prepares students to apply their knowledge through class projects, individual assignments, internship positions, and hands-on field work.
In a 2012 survey of employers in the West Michigan region, 93% indicated that they have an interest in promoting sustainability within their organization.
The skill sets these employers identified as most desirable include:
Sustainability as a Profession
Many employers and other organizations are coming to recognize the need for expert guidance as they implement sustainability measures. This has led to an emerging career path for Sustainability Coordinators and Sustainability Officers, whether as a full-time position or combined with other job responsibilities. The International Society of Sustainability Professionals supports and connects people working in this new field. In Fall 2016 ISSP introduced the first globally recognized certification for sustainability professionals.
Want to know more?
See our more detailed overview of "Green Jobs Projections to 2020" for the U.S., Michigan, and the greater Grand Rapids area, and see the recent USDA report "Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in Food, Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources, and the Environment 2015-2020."
Consider reading "Pursuing a Degree in Environmental Studies: Where Will It Lead?" by Carol Ruhl via environmentalprograms.net
The following sites provide much more information on green jobs:
Green Corps was launched by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group in 1992. The mission of Green Corps is to train organizers, provide field support for today's critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament, and commitment to fight and win tomorrow's environmental battles.
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