Sustainability has many facets that go well beyond environmental activism: it embodies, incorporates, and engenders everything from intellectual growth and social responsibility, to emotional maturity and physical wellbeing. And, while “going green,” as it’s often called, involves some effort, it also can also translate into better food options at the dining hall, nicer dorms, and more meaningful ways of engaging with other members of the college community.
As we face an expanding population, climate change, and polluted air, water and food, there is growing consensus that we need to change the way we do things in all sectors of our society if we are to provide for today’s needs without sacrificing the well-being of future generations. Of course, we don’t have all the answers yet, which creates enormous opportunities for college students to make a difference and create a meaningful lifestyle — even career — in the process. Luckily, innovative solutions — the seeds of our sustainable future — are sprouting on college and university campuses around the country. The ideas and resources here highlight ways students can become environmental leaders and campuses can cultivate a greener, happier and healthier world.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many businesses and organizations today are implementing sustainability measures for a number of reasons, including making a positive impact on their communities, as well as improving profits and reputations, and retaining employees. As a result, there is growing opportunity for students to pursue a college degree in fields such as environmental protection, renewable energy, waste reduction, green architecture, and other sustainability-related disciplines. Find out what green degree options are available and the types careers graduates can pursue in the world of sustainability.
Bureau of Labor: Green Jobs
Career One Stop: Explore Green Careers
Let's Go Solar: Green Campuses and Green Careers
O-Net Resource Center: The Green Economy