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Green Occupation:
13-1199.05 - Sustainability Specialists

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.

Sustainability specialists 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:

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