Sustainability

Overview of Sustainability

Sustainability is the responsible management of natural resources, such as energy, water, air, land, and biodiversity. 

Sustainability feature video
What's it like to be an environmental consultant?

Environmental Consultants work with clients to help solve issues or provide insight into environmental concerns. 

Careers in Sustainability

Check out these videos to learn about the typical workday and workplace for sustainability professionals in a variety of concentrations and get tips for success in this industry.

Mosaic tile
Energy Consultants
Mosaic tile
Ecologists
Mosaic tile
Solar Industry Professionals

Get Career Ready for Sustainability

Find out what it takes to land a career in sustainability

Career Readiness Equation
Mosaic tile

Earn a Degree

Earn Degree

To work in the sustainability field, it is recommended you have a strong background in science, policy, health or engineering. Check the Mason Catalog for degree requirements.

 

 

 

 

Mosaic tile

Gain Experiences

Gain Experiences

Employers expect at least six to twelve months of related experience to be competitive for full-time positions. Gain experience while you are a student at Mason.

 

Here are the types of experiences most valued by sustainability employers, and where to find them:

Internships/Jobs

Research and Field Experience

Volunteer Experience

Mosaic tile

Market Yourself

Market Yourself

It is important for you to be able to clearly communicate the knowledge, skills and experiences you have gained in and outside of the classroom.

 

 

Get ideas on how to showcase your qualifications to sustainability employers from the resume samples below:

Resume

Mosaic tile

Career Ready

CareerReadyEquation-20.png

 

 

Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for sustainability employers, such as:

 

AECOM 

Booz Allen Hamiliton 

Environmental Protection Agency 

Fairfax County Public Schools 

Fairfax County Park Authority 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) 

National Park Service 

Smithsonian Institute 

U.S. Geological Survey 

Mosaic tile

Join the sustainability community

Get involved with academic and professional sustainability societies to grow your network while you're still a student. Your industry advisor can help you decide where to start.