Sustainability Specialists

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • CEO/LEED Ap, O & M, Director of Sustainability (Chief Environmental Officer/Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Applications, Operations and Management, Director of Sustainability)
  • Champion of Sustainable Design
  • Chief Specialist, LEED (Chief Specialist, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Lead Sustainability Specialist
  • Renewable Energy Consultant
  • Senior Sustainability Advisor
  • Senior Sustainability Consultant
  • Sustainability Analyst
  • Sustainability Coach
  • Sustainability Consultant
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What They Do

  • Create or maintain plans or other documents related to sustainability projects.
  • Develop sustainability project goals, objectives, initiatives, or strategies in collaboration with other sustainability professionals.
  • Assess or propose sustainability initiatives, considering factors such as cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and acceptance.
  • Provide technical or administrative support for sustainability programs or issues.
  • Monitor or track sustainability indicators, such as energy usage, natural resource usage, waste generation, and recycling.
  • Research or review regulatory, technical, or market issues related to sustainability.
  • Review and revise sustainability proposals or policies.
  • Collect information about waste stream management or green building practices to inform decision-makers.
  • Develop reports or presentations to communicate the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives.
  • Identify or procure needed resources to implement sustainability programs or projects.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EIA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Investigative and Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Ohio was $71,190 with most people making between $37,670 and $110,050

Outlook

0.73%
avg. annual growth

During 2016, this occupation employed approximately 34,130 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 36,630 employed in 2026.

This occupation will have about 250 openings due to growth and about 3,150 replacement openings for approximately 3,400 total annual openings.