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Offered in Midland, Michigan
Offered in Midland, Michigan

A successful student for this program will have a genuine interest in business management with an eye to the future. This program will also appeal to students who have an interest in science and technology and want to apply these concepts in a business environment.

Today’s employers are seeking leaders who understand the relationship between our global ecology and economic progress, who are passionate about sustainability ideas and solutions and who are motivated to make a lasting impact in this values-driven field.

Help develop innovative and strategic business practices that benefit the environment and the bottom line through Northwood University’s Sustainability Management program.

The Sustainability Management program prepares you to:

  • Describe the human impact on, and resulting changes to, global environmental systems resulting from enterprise activities.
  • Develop, implement and assess business solutions that balance the bottom line with the needs of the environment and our local and global communities.
  • Manage organizations, and facilitate internal and external changes in sustainability practices, to meet current and future evolutions of the environment and the marketplace.
  • Understand the impact sustainability will have on brand recognition, risk disclosure, innovation, regulatory compliance and fiscal responsibility.

A Robust Industry

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (2011), sustainability positions have been labeled as having a “Bright Occupation” outlook. According to Inside Jobs (Nov. 2011), the average salary for sustainability specialties is now $62,000.

The number of positions in sustainability management are expanding in all enterprise areas including:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Forestry
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Not-for-profits
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Tourism
  • Transportation

Education in Action

  • Start classes in your major day one. Over the course of your studies, your classes will cover such topics as ecological principles, current topics in environmental science, sustainable enterprise strategies, environmental regulations and public policy, economics of business sustainability, resource management, finance for sustainability, sustainable urban design and construction and international commerce and sustainability. You will be well positioned to find employment opportunities in various industries.
  • Timely and robust curriculum. Our esteemed faculty draw research and content from the real world of sustainability management, ranging from successful companies who employ sustainability practices to sustainability experts and leading sustainability associations. This timely and future-focused education prepares students for both domestic and international opportunities in sustainability management.
  • Our close relationships with successful alumni, as well as other entrepreneurs and industry leaders, not only enhance your education but also improve your chances for employment and/or mentoring after graduation.
  • Getting you in the door. You will take field trips that expose you to the “real workings” of various companies and their sustainability practices.
  • Experiential learning builds your résumé. Employers constantly stress the need for employee candidates who demonstrate experiences, attitudes and leadership abilities beyond those provided in the classroom. Here are a few experiential learning opportunities that can help put your résumé at the top of the pile:
    • Student/alumni networking events
    • Local, regional, and national sustainability competitions
    • Industry events and networking mixers
    • Guest lecturers and industry leaders
  • Join a business or social club. You will find clubs dedicated to promoting and enhancing your business acumen and leadership skills. You will enjoy field trips and group discussions and attend special events to further expose you to experiences within the sustainability management.

Northwood students “get it” as they put sustainability into action:

What Next?

Graduates of our Sustainability Management program will be prepared for admission into strong graduate schools or to begin their career in the professional world. Here’s what you can do to get started on your path to success today:

What do the experts say?

A 2011 report from the global accounting firm Ernst & Young states, “Sustainability issues and financial performance have begun to intertwine.”

In a 2010 McKinsey & Company report, one of the five global forces that will drive business strategy over the next five years will be “the increasing tension between rapidly rising resource consumption and sustainability.”

In a July 2010 article in BusinessGreen, “Sustainability will have a direct effect on the following business activities: brand recognition, risk disclosure, innovation, regulatory compliance, and fiscal responsibility.”