Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning Major

Resources, Strengths, Career Paths, Skills

“Green” jobs are typically found in some of the fastest growing fields in the 21st century economy. Government and corporate funding for retrofitting buildings, reconfiguring mass transit and planning sustainable communities reaches new highs every year. Many organizations have begun revising operations and creating departments to develop environmentally friendly products and institute green business practices. Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning majors are in a unique position to take advantage of the many new job opportunities every year in industries which, according to the Federal Government, are expected to grow 52% between 2000 and 2016.

Transferable Skills: Students of Environmental Design, Policy and Planning develop these general skills:

  • Thinking critically and analytically
  • Conducting research and presenting findings
  • Working in groups

And hone their professional expertise with these:

  • Understanding Planning practices and processes
  • Articulating advanced environmental science concepts in lay speak
  • Proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer Aided Design

Career Paths: The major in Environmental Design, Policy and Planning prepares students to enter a variety of fields. Their interdisciplinary background provides a strong foundation for careers in:

  • Urban and regional planning
  • Education
  • Research and development
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Government and the non-profit sector
  • Green business management and consulting

Resources & Professional Associations of Interest: There are many excellent professional organizations and other resources from with a student of Environmental Design, Policy and Planning will benefit. Below are some websites to help you start your research:

Consider joining on-campus clubs related to environmental conservation and advocacy. On-campus student organizations are a great way to meet people with similar interests who may be able to connect you with professionals in your intended field. Visit the Stony Brook University Student Activities site for more information.

Sample Job Titles: The environmental challenges of our times have increased the demand for environmental design professionals, including:

  • Design associates
  • Land-use planners
  • Sustainability coordinators
  • Recycling and waste reduction analysts
  • Natural resource managers
  • Environmental planning consultants
  • Preservation & stewardship managers
  • Zoning code enforcement specialists
  • Energy management auditors
  • Environmental compliance officers
  • Green marketing representatives
  • Environmental educators

Note: Some of these jobs may require an advanced degree

Information: For more information on Stony Brook’s Sustainability Studies Program with five majors, and three minors, please visit their website at: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/sustainability