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Sustainability Management


Sustainability Management is a career which involves maintaining a balance of the resources in such a manner that they can be preserved for future generations and can be used by current generations as well with managerial skills. This particular career aims at thriving the economy by balanced use of the resources so that the resources can be preserved for future generations by limiting resource depletion. It is found to working in various domains such as environment, business, agriculture, society etc. with the main aim of reducing resource exhaustion. The job role of sustainable managers involves forming an intersection between the environment, society, economy, culture etc. by creating various equipment which are ecofriendly, educating stakeholders about the practices which are causing harm to the environment and help managers formulate programs that would cause least harm to the environment. Students pursuing sustainability management will study about green economy, sustainable innovation, green marketing, green production etc. All those individuals who would want to do something for the environment and make a change by being involved in the various organizations, this is a career for you.

Career Opportunities in Sustainability Management

  • Agricultural Organizations
    A career in sustainability management will open doors to opportunity in agricultural organizations wherein individuals will have to create equipment and products which do not cause harm to the environment such as ecofriendly fertilizers, or innovating ways to save water for irrigation.
  • Healthcare
    Healthcare is also one of the fields where innovative ideas are brought about for the protection of the resources e.g.- coming up with new and innovative ideas for less paper use when giving prescriptions and bills etc.
  • Trusts & Foundations
    Various Trusts & Foundations such as Tata trust, Reliance foundation etc. hire people who have done sustainability management.
  • Manufacturing
    Another domain where sustainable managers can be employed are in organizations which deals in manufacturing of goods. The job role in this area would involve evaluating the programs and policies and modifying them with the aim of resource conservation.
  • Academics
    Sustainability management is the most looked after courses taking into consideration the current scenario of the environment. Therefore, after studying sustainability management the education sector jobs such as teachers at school, colleges etc. open up. The main role of teachers is to impart knowledge and give it out to the students so that they can lead the path to better future.
  • Research
    Research can be carried out in various domains of sustainable development with the help of mentors, scientists etc. in areas of culture, society, economy etc. with the aim of discovering new ways to preserve the resources for future generations. Research in this area will help you to do something better for the environment with a lot of innovation and creativity.
  • Government Sector
    Job opportunities in the field of sustainability management also open up in the government sector which are majorly involved in the projects of government such as the Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management (SLEM) program. The job opportunities can be available in the department of forestry and various other departments related to policy making to come up with new plans to preserve the resources for future generations. Students can also enter into the field of Civil Services to bring about a change by cracking UPSC examination.

How to Pursue a Career in Sustainability Management

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Class XII with science stream Pursue B. Tech in any related field.Pursue MBA in Sustainability ManagementPursue Ph.D. in Sustainability Management
Path 2
Class XII with any streamPursue Bachelors of Business Administration Pursue MBA in Sustainability Management Pursue Ph.D. in Sustainability Management
Path 3
Class XII with any streamPursue Bachelor’s degree in any stream Pursue MBA in Sustainability Management OR Pursue Master’s degree in Environmental StudiesPursue Ph.D. in Sustainability Management

Important Facts

  • Must have passed class 12th or Senior Secondary Examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • To go for MBA, one must crack CAT, MAT or XAT.

Leading Institutes

Top Sustainability Management Institutes in India
College Location Website
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur www.iitk.ac.in
Indian Institute of technology Delhi www.iitd.ac.in
Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai www.admissions.tiss.edu
University of Delhi (multiple colleges) Delhi www.du.ac.in/du
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur www.iitkgp.ac.in
Banaras Hindu University Varanasi www.bhu.ac.in
Xavier University Bhubaneswar www.xub.edu.in
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow www.iiml.ac.in
Teri University Delhi www.teriuniversity.ac.in
Bundelkhand University Jhansi www.bujhansi.ac.in
Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai www.iitb.ac.in
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad www.iima.ac.in/web/iima/?p_id=iima
Banaras Hindu University Varanasi www.bhu.ac.in
MIT school of management Pune www.mitsom.edu.in
Top Sustainability Management Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Sustainability Management School Switzerland www.sumas.ch
University of Dundee United Kingdom www.dundee.ac.uk/study/pg/sustainability
University of Derby United Kingdom www.derby.ac.uk/online/course/sustainability-environmental-management-msc-masters
University of Edinburgh United Kingdom www.ed.ac.uk
University of Edinburgh United Kingdom www.ed.ac.uk
University of Western Ontario Canada www.uwo.ca/enviro
University of Saskatchewan Canada www.grad.usask.ca/programs/sustainable-environmental-management.php
Lipscomb University United States www.lipscomb.edu/sustainability/graduate-programs
University of Florida United States www.mdp.africa.ufl.edu
The University of Melbourne Australia www.unimelb.edu.au

Work Description

  • Job of sustainable managers is to come up with new and innovative ideas to for their organization to reduce resource depletion.
  • Research program in sustainability management can be carried out in various domains which involve research on new equipments, policies and cultural influence on environment with the aim of better future.
  • A career in sustainability management involves analysis of the various policies, programs, understand the waste and come up with solutions that how it can be reduced.
  • Sustainability Management in academics, may work as college faculties, teaching classes and performing research in a wide range of areas.
  • Sustainable managers are also responsible for marketing the new and innovative ideas to internal and external stakeholders.

Pros & Cons of a Career in Sustainability Management

  • A sense of internal satisfaction as this career involves doing something for the environment through one’s own creative and innovative ideas.
  • A person with strong agenda and knowledge about environment with good managerial skills will have an edge in this domain.
  • Research in this field would allow to come up with new and creative ideas to save the environment through conservation of resources and bring about a collective impact on the world.
  • Becoming a sustainable manager requires years of training and experience in order to gain knowledge.
  • Professionals might have to work long hours and according to the deadlines.
  • A lot of effort is required in understanding the environmental needs and accommodating them with the existing policies, which might turn out to be time consuming.
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