A sustainability coordinator often helps a company to establish practices that will minimize harm to the environment. In this way, the company being worked for can project a better image of itself onto the public. This is also sometimes a government or non-profit organization position.
The sustainability coordinator will usually have an office, but it is often necessary to make field visits to understand environmental impacts and assess changes that can be made. It is important to be able to analyze data and to be able to carry out research effectively. That way, environmental impacts of certain aspects can be understood, and methods to combat negative impacts can be employed adequately. The coordinator will also monitor initiatives and carry out performance metrics.
Problem solving skills will often have to be employed. Often, the sustainability coordinator will work on a team. The coordinator may also oversee staff members, so supervisory skills can come in handy. The sustainability coordinator should aim to implement environmental initiatives that are cost effective and that will help the environment substantially. Often, a budget will be given to the coordinator, which should be managed and distributed in a careful manner. The sustainability coordinator may carry out educational programs that can be administered to various parts of an organization or to the general public. A bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or a similar field is often a requirement.
Sustainability Coordinator Tasks
Design campaigns to promote sustainability and perform outreach activities to get people involved.
Propose plans for reducing waste of resources and asses the feasibility of implementation.
Manage the implementation of sustainability plans and evaluate program performance.
Measure and track the resource and energy use of a business, organization, or industry.