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27 March 2023

Becoming a Sustainability Project Manager

A Sustainability Project Manager is responsible for coordinating an organization's sustainability initiatives through collaboration with internal departments and community partners, as well as creating promotional campaigns. This role typically involves full-time work in an office environment, with occasional travel required to meet with clients, vendors, or community partners. Sustainability Project Managers are typically employed by corporations or government agencies, such as municipal governments.

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What is a Sustainabilty Project Manager’s role ?

You role as a sustainability project manager will vary based on the type of organization you work for. However, your general duties will include managing programs that aim to reduce waster ans enhance energy efficiency, overseeing the creation and dissemination of the organization’s annual sustainability report, and ensuring compliance with all relevant environmental regulations.

You’ll be responsible for crafting messages that are tailored to the organization’s objectives and target audience, and determining the most effective channels for distributing the messages. Additionally, you’ll play a key role in promoting change by encouraging both internal and external stakeholders to adopt environmentally sustainable practices.

If you work for a municipal government agency, you may also be responsible for administering agency contracts. As a sustainability manager, your goal is to promote sustainable practices that contribute to healthier environment and a better future.


What qualities and skills should a Sustainability Project Manager have ?

  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) are essential for sustainability project managers, as they work to etablish relationships with key personnel and enhance an organization’s sustainability efforts.
  • Strong analytical abilities are crucial for collecting date on areas such as waste reduction and sustainable transportation and analyzing the results.
  • Effective collaboration skills are necessary for sustainability project managers, as they act as a liaison between internal employees, vendors, and community partners.
  • Relevant program management experience is a must for sustainability project managers, as it enables them to create, implement, and monitor sustainability projects and oversee personnel.


What is the typical salary of a Sustainability Project Manager ?

The salary of a Sustainability Project Manager will vary depending on the experience and the country in which the manager will work. The average salary for a sustainability project manager is around €35 000 per year for a junior. With the experience, you can expect to earn till €60 000 per year.


Which qualification do you need to become a Sustainability Project Manager ?

Train to become a Sustainability Project Manager with the Esdes Master of Science Sustainable Tourism and Event Management in France.

This one-year specialization is available after a BBA or BSC in Tourism or event management or a Master 1 (equivalent to 240 ECTS) in France or abroad. The MSc Sustainable Tourism and Event Management is 100% taught in English. The program has been created under the careful guidance of professionals from both the International Tourism and Events sectors who have a first-hand understanding of the competencies and knowledge required to succeed in these industries. This program is devised using novel teaching approaches with hands-on fieldtrips, research and practitioner led teaching.

Get ready for green growth and join Esdes, the school of the responsible natives.

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