Business Management

Sustainability Manager

Sustainability managers develop, implement and monitor organisational environmental strategies and performance.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Sustainability Manager do?

Sustainability managers develop, implement and monitor organisational environmental strategies and performance.

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Work activities

As a sustainability manager, you would:

  • measure and improve the sustainability performance of the company in which you work
  • use environmental impact assessments to measure things such as carbon footprint, energy performance, air quality, or noise pollution
  • plan and recommend ways to minimise that impact
  • develop solutions that take into account the often conflicting needs of people, the environment, development and successful business
  • collect and analyse data, write reports and making recommendations
  • provide advice on meeting regulations laid out in environmental law
  • explain the most cost-effective and beneficial routes to sustainability, such as switching to alternative energy sources, smarter water usage, or reducing waste.
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Key skills and interests

To become a sustainability manager, you would need:

  • a strong interest in the environment
  • excellent verbal communication and influencing skills
  • creative thinking and problem-solving skills
  • excellent numeracy and literacy skills 
  • knowledge of relevant environmental legislation, policy and guidlines
  • project management and budgeting skills
  • a strong awareness of health and safety.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Most sustainability managers work full time. Some work as consultants so may need to work hours that suit their clients.

Conditions

You would usually work in an office, but may need to travel to work sites, such as construction sites, or to other offices within a company to undertake assessments and deliver presentations and workshops.

You could work in many industries, but most roles are in the construction and engineering sectors. You may also work in companies involved in residential development, energy and water utilities and waste management, government agencies and departments, specialist sustainability consultancies or large employers such as universities and major corporations.

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How to become an Sustainability Manager?

Entry Level Education

To become a sustainability manager you usually have to complete a specialist degree in sustainability, or a degree in a related area such as civil engineering, construction management, environmental science, geography or urban planning. To get into these degrees, you usually have to complete your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. 

As this is a relatively new area, sustainability managers come from many backgrounds; however, most have a degree.

Postgraduate courses around energy, sustainability and environment management can also lead to this career. 

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Job outlook

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