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Chief Sustainability Officers

Also called: Corporate Sustainability Process Manager, Director of Sustainability, Director of Sustainable Design, Sustainability Director

What they do:
Communicate and coordinate with management, shareholders, customers, and employees to address sustainability issues. Enact or oversee a corporate sustainability strategy.
On the job, you would:
  • Develop or execute strategies to address issues such as energy use, resource conservation, recycling, pollution reduction, waste elimination, transportation, education, and building design.
  • Supervise employees or volunteers working on sustainability projects.
  • Research environmental sustainability issues, concerns, or stakeholder interests.


  • management
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • building and construction
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Great Plains software
  • SAP software Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Oracle software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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