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Sustainability Management

Improving our world by advancing and applying sustainability practices.

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Enter the world where the science of sustainability meets real world applications. With a bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Management, you can be a force of change in making a business, nonprofit organization, or government agency more sustainable. You will learn how to create socially and economically viable policies and practices while better understanding the interconnected nature of environmental issues.

Get to know the program

We invite you to participate in an informational webinar which will include a general overview of Sustainability Management including coursework, admissions requirements, and the application process. Staff and faculty from SUNY ESF Admissions and the Sustainability Management program will lead the event and conclude with a question & answer period.

Program Requirements and Pre-Requisites

Spring 2024 Webinar Registration

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Hear from a Sustainability
Management graduate

All of the faculty and staff in the program have been
amazingly supportive!

Twiggy Hamilton, Class of '22

Real world sustainability

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Our students explore current sustainability challenges and solutions.  The curriculum integrates discipline- and career-focused knowledge, skills, and perspectives based on the three pillars of sustainability: economics, society, and the environment.  Our students develop a skill set that includes sustainability focused methods of assessment, analysis, and communication that is needed in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.


Making a difference

Our alumni are making an impact and improving their world.  Our graduates are working in renewable energy management, solar energy policy, operations management, and economics and some have gone on for graduate degrees as well. These professionals are leading the transformation to a cleaner, greener, more sustainable future. 

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Flexible and all online

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In this program, you work on your schedule to engage in an interactive online learning experience. The courses are fully online and asynchronous, so you can make progress on your degree while working or caring for your family.



Growth in Field

2 Years

Time to Completion


Projected Job Openings '21-'31

Sustainability Management Degree Outcomes

The Sustainability Management curriculum focuses on the skills and knowledge wanted by forward thinking employers. Graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze the complex interactions among and between the three pillars of sustainability: the environment, the economy, and society with a focus on identifying areas of potential conflict / opportunity.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative skills appropriate to the sustainability field (e.g., energy modeling, budgeting, financial analysis, GIS, life cycle assessment, interviewing & surveying, environmental and risk communication).
  • Develop solutions that balance the priorities of sustainable development, social equity and human nature interaction.
  • Analyze data and develop reports and presentations relevant to sustainability and its implementation (e.g., scientific publications, policy documents, sustainability indicators, public audience presentations).
  • Work independently and collaboratively for effective and successful project and people management, communication, and to institutionalize sustainable practices.
  • Apply knowledge of principles and best practices to the analysis of real-world sustainability problems in public, private and non-profit contexts.

Career Options

  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Field Economist
  • Policy Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Energy and Sustainability Advisor
  • Sustainability Specialist

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