Sustainability and Resource Management

Social & Behavioral Sciences

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 provides 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. 

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The sustainability and resource management certificate programs are designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain employment or advancement in a sustainable resource management or a zero waste-related field. Course requirements are designed to provide students with a holistic perspective on the relationship of recycling and zero waste to a changing global economy and climate.

Program Length

Two to Four semesters.

Transfer Options

The core courses in this program are CSU and UC transferable. 

Program Specific Support

Students can seek support through the Student Success Center. Students can also join the Green Team Alliance, the Bees Garden, and the Environmental Leadership Task Force. 

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Your success is our priority! Whether you are just starting, in the middle of, or completing your time at IVC, we have a team of people in your corner to help keep you on-track to reach your goals at IVC and beyond! 

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
SRM 85Society and Sustainability3
ENV 6 or GEOG 20Environmental and Resource Economics or Global Envirormental Problems3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
SRM 90Resource Management and Zero Waste for Communities3
SRM 95Business Case for Sustainability3
SRM 168Cooperative Work Experience: Sustainability and Resource Management1-3
Summer 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
SRM 80Introduction to Recycling and Resource Management3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
SRM 85Culture and Zero Waste3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
SRM 90Resource Management and Zero Waste for Communities3
SRM 95Business Case for Sustainability3
Summer 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
SRM 80Introduction to Recycling and Resource Management3
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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Soil and Water Conservationists

Median Salary

$55,447

Job Growth

+4%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 5%
  • Some College
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 67%
  • Master's Degree
  • 10%
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Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

Median Salary

$79,665

Job Growth

+1%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 42%
  • Certificate
  • 25%
  • Some College
  • 21%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 13%
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Water Resource Specialists

Median Salary

$162,212

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 50%
  • Master's Degree
  • 50%
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Brownfield Redevelopment Specialists and Site Managers

Median Salary

$90,891

Job Growth

+5%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 8%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 80%
  • Master's Degree
  • 12%
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Chief Sustainability Officers

Median Salary

$185,975

Job Growth

-5%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 62%
  • Master's Degree
  • 35%
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Climate Change Analysts

Median Salary

$93,390

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 11%
  • Master's Degree
  • 82%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 7%
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Energy Auditors

Median Salary

$76,661

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 23%
  • Certificate
  • 27%
  • Some College
  • 9%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 36%
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Energy Brokers

Median Salary

$58,811

Job Growth

-13%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 4%
  • Certificate
  • 4%
  • Some College
  • 9%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 10%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 74%
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Environmental Compliance Inspectors

Median Salary

$81,261

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 95%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
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Environmental Economists

Median Salary

$128,911

Job Growth

+29%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 11%
  • Master's Degree
  • 41%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 48%
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Environmental Restoration Planners

Median Salary

$93,390

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 43%
  • Master's Degree
  • 57%
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Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

Median Salary

$46,342

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 64%
  • Master's Degree
  • 14%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 5%
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Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Median Salary

$93,390

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 70%
  • Master's Degree
  • 28%
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Forest and Conservation Workers

Median Salary

$30,975

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 14%
  • Certificate
  • 2%
  • Some College
  • 12%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 58%
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Industrial Ecologists

Median Salary

$93,390

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 21%
  • Master's Degree
  • 54%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 25%
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Park Naturalists

Median Salary

$55,447

Job Growth

+4%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 95%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
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Recycling Coordinators

Median Salary

$52,263

Job Growth

+14%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 47%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 23%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 30%
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Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Median Salary

$47,262

Job Growth

+34%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 68%
  • Certificate
  • 14%
  • Some College
  • 2%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 16%
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Solar Sales Representatives and Assessors

Median Salary

$90,571

Job Growth

-36%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 6%
  • Certificate
  • 5%
  • Some College
  • 38%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 9%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 41%
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Sustainability Specialists

Median Salary

$76,661

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Some College
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 57%
  • Master's Degree
  • 39%
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