The Growth of Green School Sustainability Officers
CollegeSustainability Officers are similar to the Chief Sustainability Officer(CSO) in the corporate world. Other appellations for CSO include:
Director of Sustainability
Environmental Policy Manager
Director of Environment, Energy, & Safety
Director of Social & Environmental Responsibility
Chief Officer of Environment
Social & Environmental Sustainability Manager
Chief of EHS
Chief Green Officer (CGO)
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
A CSO is an executive position within a corporation that is in charge ofthe corporation’s "environmental" programs. Several companies havecreated such positions in the 21st century to formalize their commitment to the environment. As sustainability initiatives have expanded, so has the importance of the position to what is now a C-level executive role.
Examples of CSOs include Charlene Lake at AT&T, Paul Gilman at CovantaEnergy, Linda Fischer at Dupont, Robyn Beavers at Google, Dr. Peter Graf at SAP, Barbara Kux at Siemens, Mike Kelly at YRC Worldwide and IanHill at Openreach. In September 2010, General Mills appointed JerryLynch as their new CSO, and AECOM named Gary Lawrence as the firm’s Vice President and CSO.
As of 2005, nearly all of the 150 largest companies in the world had a sustainability officer with the rank of vice president or higher, and numerous MBA programs had incorporated sustainability training.
According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, there are now 88 permanent sustainable positions in colleges anduniversities in North America and this number is growing each year.
Richard Matthews is a consultant, sustainable investor, writer and owner of The Green Market Oracle, a leading sustainable business blog that covers the convergence of sustainable capitalism and the global environment.The Green Market is one of the most comprehensive resources for information and tools on sustainability. Follow The Green Market's twitter feed and see the Facebook Fan Page. Richard is a contributor to more than 50 publications. Find him on Facebook and Linkedin.
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