“Shared Well-Being on a Healthy Planet” — Specifically, sustainable actions improve people's quality of life while protecting and restoring the natural ecosystems and resources on which human well-being depends.
The next four decades - your working life - will be the most important in human history. World population will increase by 25%, to, eventually, 10 billion people. Today, half of humankind is barely getting by, and we are already fighting over water, oil, topsoil, forests, fish and biodiversity, while the planet gets hotter every year.
To lead the way to a prosperous and sustainable future, you will need to work as educators, policy change-agents, and business leaders to maintain relentless focus - rewiring the world with clean energy, redesigning every city on the earth, reengineering production processes, reimagining the global food system, and reinventing our systems of finance.
We know how to solve these challenges, but we need collective willpower, effective leadership, and hard work to do so.
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A Look Towards the Future — While education, policy, and business overlap, the trichotomy is a useful way to organize the range of sustainability careers. All three of these categories are critical to building a sustainable future.
Which path fits you best? A successful sustainability career - whether in education, policy, or business - requires vision, leadership, and execution.
Vision means that you can see positive opportunities and solutions where other people see serious environmental or social costs. Once you have that vision, you need leadership skills to engage others. And finally, you need to master the core capabilities of educator, policy change agent, or business leader in order to execute your vision.
Sustainability has come a long way very quickly. In an era of transparent supply chains, IT-enabled local production, expanded entrepreneurial opportunities, megacity growth, climate change, water shortages, and millennial demands for more meaningful work, the need for sustainable practices is not going away. This is good news for those looking for a career that makes an impact - saving the planet is a growth field.
This guide will provide a useful starting point to build a meaningful career changing the future. The Guide was created with the support of the Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College, offering an innovative set of degree offerings that can provide the career foundation for you to Lead the Change.
Bard's MBA in Sustainability is one of a handful of programs around the world that fully integrates a focus on mission- driven business into every course they offer.
MBA in Sustainability: Based in New York City, Bard's MBA gathers one weekend a month for an on-campus experience; this weekend visit works alongside an online curriculum designed for working professionals and students who want to attend Bard from anywhere in the U.S.
Bard's Center for Environmental Policy offers masters programs designed to "change the rules" and to "change minds."
Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy: Courses delve simultaneously into curricular themes to provide students with a deep understanding of the issues from multiple perspectives and at the same time highlight linkages and divisions across disciplines. This holistic approach to learning illuminates integral connections between the social world and the physical sciences and encourages students to incorporate various perspectives and ideologies into their work.
Master’s of Science in Climate Science and Policy: Bard is one of the few programs in the world that supports students to gain master's-level understanding of climate science, along with economics, policy, and law. The climate degree covers the interplay between climate systems, ecosystems, and agricultural systems on one hand and solutions on the other, training future policy leaders to guide efforts in greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation.
Master’s of Science in Environmental Education: The Bard M.Ed. in Environmental Education program prepares educators to create an informed and engaged citizenry supporting progress towards a just, prosperous, and sustainable future. Through intensive academic training, real world professional experience, and career development opportunities, the program enable graduates to pursue successful, high-impact careers in private schools, NGO's, government and land management agencies, private land conservation organizations, museums, environmental education centers, and consulting firms.
As millennials continue to transition into advanced degrees and become a bigger component of the workforce, sustainable practices are no longer an option: Organizations that fail to integrate a focus on ethical practices are falling behind. In contrast, Bard is leading the change in the MBA industry by building a graduate business curriculum that bakes sustainability in from the ground up.
All of our graduates have one thing in common - a mindset of sustainability - which enables them to lead in the various business and organizations they work for to produce a future where humans cohabitate in peace with one another and the earth.