The Refinishing Touch has always had a strong commitment to education – from working with colleges and education facilities across North America to supporting these organizations in how they share, teach and implement sustainable practices. With Campus Sustainability Day approaching on October 22, it seems perfect timing that a number of colleges and universities have added new sustainability programs to their higher education offerings. These include the University of Arizona which has added an Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership. The program is offered by the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives in conjunction with the School of Sustainability. Over in New York, Columbia University is offering a new Masters of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy.
These new programs reinforce the importance of having all future leaders that are well-versed in sustainability and apply them into their day to day business practices. What is taught in these classes combined with hands on experience, culminate in a project that features a real-world solution to a sustainability challenge.
For example, when talking about the demands for sustainable education, Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University said: “When a company hires a professional with a higher education in sustainability, they’re hiring someone who is up to date on relevant topics and best practices, and will have the leadership and communication tools needed to make a business case for sustainability and help to embed sustainability into their organization’s overall strategy.”
And it’s a need that isn’t being driven by the colleges – it’s market demand as green jobs require green skills. The National Career Development Association wrote about this last year and not only shared some interesting insights, including this amazing list of job resources and organizations for those green students.
In our upcoming blog posts we hope to speak to some of the education organizations that are looking to shape our green future – so watch this space!