Recycling 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 recycling 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.

Career Opportunities:

Students will prepare for entry-level positions in recycling and resource management or job advancement within that field. Courses will focus on presenting skills and knowledge needed to prepare students for a wide range of work opportunities in the industry. Recycling 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 recycling and resource management include the following: Green Procurement Specialist, Marketing and Sales Associate, Materials Handler, Recycling Coordinator, Waste Auditor, Zero Waste Events Coordinator, Zero Waste Specialist

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon Completion of Certificate requirements, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive perspective on the role that recycling and waste diversion plays in solving economic and environmental issues.
  • Successfully integrate recycling and resource management strategies.
  • Apply social marketing and resource management strategies in business and community plans.
  • Write zero waste business and community plans from goals to implementation.