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Health and SustainabilityAn Introduction$
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Tee L. Guidotti

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199325337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325337.001.0001

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The Professionalization of Sustainability

The Professionalization of Sustainability

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(p.430) 13 The Professionalization of Sustainability
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Health and Sustainability
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Tee L. Guidotti

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325337.003.0013

As sustainability matures and the field expands, there are more and more full-time career opportunities. Private-sector interest has created a market for managers educated in the principles of sustainability and have experience implementing sustainable operations in large organizations. Because of the increased demand for expertise relevant to sustainability there has been growing interest in setting standards, creating career pathways, and identifying core competencies required to do higher-level work in implementing sustainability measures. Professionalization of sustainability has the positive effect of institutionalizing favorable environmental and health practices in business and society. The strict definition of a “profession” requires autonomy, standards of practice, and codes of ethics; sustainability practitioners and consultants have not reached that point. Many attractive and relevant health-related careers are overlooked when students search for opportunities in sustainability and environmental protection.

Keywords:   sustainability, professionalism, careers, public health, management, ethics, environmental studies, environmental sciences, health professions, risk science

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