Sustainability increasingly drives global business, organizations, and politics. Our world is in transition, and we now face challenges that workers in every sector will have to address, including climate change, reliance on traditional energy sources, water issues, and the growing demand for socially and environmentally responsible products and services. The Sustainability double degree program introduces students to these real-world problems and fosters the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to address them.

Potential Career Options in the field of Sustainability:

Note that some occupations listed below may require further education/licensure.

Conservation Manager
Development Director
Director of Sustainability
Energy Analyst
Energy Manager
Environmental Analyst
Environmental Compliance
Environmental Specialty
Environmental Technician
Evaluation Consultant
Facilities Manager
Health & Safety Consultant
Land Use Planner
Marketing Strategist
Operations Manager
Parks Planner
Program Coordinator
Program Lead
Project Manager
Quality Assurance Analyst
Recycling Representative
Strategic Sourcing Specialist
Supply Chain Specialist
Sustainability Analyst
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Data Analyst
Sustainability Specialist
Territory Manager
Transportation Manager

Where are OSU Sustainability alumni working?

(Data obtained from LinkedIn)

Environment & Development Planner, North Central Texas Council of Governments
Sustainability, Energy, and Climate Change Consultant, WSP USA
Policy Analyst, Oregon Housing & Community Services
Residential & Schools Recycling Coordinator, City of Gresham
Energy Projects Analyst, Safeway
Environmental Scientist, Clear Fork Consulting Services
Project Specialist, KEEN, Inc
Senior Project Manager, Sustainable World Coalition
LEED AP Project Manager, Interface Engineering
Planning Analyst, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Solid Waste District Program Manager, Lincoln County
Sustainability Manager, Lewis & Clark College
Consumer Products Coordinator, DreamWorks Animation
Sustainability Project Engineer, FedEx Ground
Member Services Manager, Northwest Natural Resource Group
Project Manager, US Environmental Protection Agency

Where have OSU-Cascades students participated in experiential learning (internships/research/etc.)?

Deschutes Brewery
Food Policy Council
OSU Extension
Discover Your Forest
City of Bend
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
Bend Fire Department
Clear Path Renewables
Pacific Power
Cascade Energy

Job Search:

In addition to our general job, internship, and volunteer search resources, below are some industry specific resources to help you search for opportunities in Sustainability. Don't forget the important process of researching employers and networking with professionals in companies/organizations that you are interested in.

Research Resources:

Graduate School:

In addition to our general Graduate/Professional School resources, utilize the following resources for researching advanced degrees in Sustainability.

Professional Associations:

Involvement in professional associations can expand your network, keep you up to date on current trends in the field, and give you access to additional job and internship opportunities. This is a sampling of professional associations that you could get involved in.

Additional Resources:

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