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Sustainability Specialist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Addresses organizational sustainability issues, such as waste stream management, green building practices, and green procurement plans.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Operations Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Develops sustainability project goals, objectives, initiatives, or strategies in collaboration with other sustainability professionals.
  • Creates or maintains plans or other documents related to sustainability projects.
  • Assesses or proposes sustainability initiatives, considering factors such as cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and acceptance.
  • Provides technical or administrative support for sustainability programs or issues.
  • Monitors or tracks sustainability indicators, such as energy usage, natural resource usage, waste generation, and recycling.
  • Researches or reviews regulatory, technical, or market issues related to sustainability.
  • Reviews and revises sustainability proposals or policies.
  • Collects information about waste stream management or green building practices to inform decision-makers.
  • Develops reports or presentations to communicate the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives.
  • Identifies or procures needed resources to implement sustainability programs or projects.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Champion of Sustainable Design --
  • Chief Specialist, LEED (Chief Specialist, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) --
  • Lead Sustainability Specialist --
  • Senior Sustainability Advisor --
  • Senior Sustainability Consultant --
  • Sustainability Consultant --
  • Sustainability Coordinator --
  • Sustainable Design Consultant --
  • Sustainable Design Coordinator --