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Green Occupation:
11-1011.03 - Chief Sustainability Officers

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.

Chief sustainability officers work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Governmental and Regulatory Administration — This sector covers activities by public and private organizations associated with conservation and pollution prevention, regulation enforcement, and policy analysis and advocacy.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Conduct sustainability- or environment-related risk assessments.
  • Create and maintain sustainability program documents, such as schedules and budgets.
  • Develop methodologies to assess the viability or success of sustainability initiatives.
  • Develop or execute strategies to address issues such as energy use, resource conservation, recycling, pollution reduction, waste elimination, transportation, education, and building design.
  • Develop sustainability reports, presentations, or proposals for supplier, employee, academia, media, government, public interest, or other groups.
  • Develop, or oversee the development of, marketing or outreach media for sustainability projects or events.
  • Develop, or oversee the development of, sustainability evaluation or monitoring systems.
  • Direct sustainability program operations to ensure compliance with environmental or governmental regulations.
  • Evaluate and approve proposals for sustainability projects, considering factors such as cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and integration with other initiatives.
  • Formulate or implement sustainability campaign or marketing strategies.
  • Identify and evaluate pilot projects or programs to enhance the sustainability research agenda.
  • Identify educational, training, or other development opportunities for sustainability employees or volunteers.
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of sustainability programs.
  • Research environmental sustainability issues, concerns, or stakeholder interests.
  • Review sustainability program objectives, progress, or status to ensure compliance with policies, standards, regulations, or laws.
  • Supervise employees or volunteers working on sustainability projects.
  • Write and distribute financial or environmental impact reports.
  • Write project proposals, grant applications, or other documents to pursue funding for environmental initiatives.