Sustainability Specialists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.9% (as fast as the average)


What Sustainability Specialists Do

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

Other Job Titles Sustainability Specialists May Have

Campus Energy Coordinator, Energy and Sustainability Strategic Advisor, Sustainability Advisor, Sustainability Champion, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Specialist, Sustainable Design Champion, Sustainable Design Consultant, Sustainable Design Coordinator

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

President & Founder ,

Three Squares, Inc.

Busy! Heading to LAX to catch a flight to a client meeting - or taking my dog Luna to the office to get ready for the first of 6 conference calls with various clients talking through the details of their projects - or heading to work on-site at a conference training venue staff on sustainability / waste diversion.

Consultant ,

The beauty of my job is that I don't have a typical work day. My life and my work are atypical. In one week, I can be working with an Australian startup trying to open in California. The next, I am helping a Brazilian NGO share climate change experiences with Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (right now). Hope this helps.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Develop sustainability project goals, objectives, initiatives, or strategies in collaboration with other sustainability professionals.
  • Monitor or track sustainability indicators, such as energy usage, natural resource usage, waste generation, and recycling.
  • 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.
  • Review and revise sustainability proposals or policies.

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