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    Irvine Valley College
    Feb 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog: September 2022 Edition 
2022-2023 Catalog: September 2022 Edition

Sustainability and Resource Management

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Dean: Traci Fahimi, EdD
Faculty Coordinator: Jodi Titus


Sustainability and resource management is among the largest and most rapidly growing industries in America. As more cities and businesses develop sustainability and zero waste policies, the need increases for personnel who can properly manage resource use and recycling. Utilizing resources efficiently can enable businesses to increase their economic bottom line, improve community relations, and contribute to environmental health.

The sustainability and resource management curriculum emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, exploring recycling and resource management from a variety of perspectives and in a variety of settings. Core curriculum will provide students with an in-depth study of waste and resource management, emphasizing cultural, community, and business applications. Courses cover governmental and organizational policies, practices, and procedures in waste resource management, including best management practices and successful community and educational programs.  

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the sustainability and resource management program, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive perspective on the role that recycling and waste diversion plays in solving economic and environmental issues.
  • Identify employment resources across multiple industry sectors related to recycling and resource management.
  • Successfully integrate recycling and resource management strategies.
  • Understand that global culture, economics and sustainability are part of managing resources.
  • Promote programs through community-based social marketing.
  • Apply social marketing and resource management strategies in business and community plans.
  • Write zero waste business and community plans from goals to implementation.
  • Have the environmental and science background to initiate these new directions.

Potential Careers

Sustainability and resource management jobs can be found in a growing number of sectors, including government agencies, manufacturing firms, nonprofit organizations, recycling companies, hauling companies, re-use businesses, grocery store chains, colleges and universities, healthcare industries, property management, consulting agencies, marketing firms, and restaurants. Examples of careers in sustainability and resource management include the following:

  • Green Procurement Specialist
  • Marketing and Sales Associate
  • Materials Handler
  • Recycling Coordinator
  • Waste Auditor
  • Sustainability Events Coordinator
  • Sustainability Specialist


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