The acquisition and analysis of research data is central to managing systems for long term sustainability. Students in all sustainability programs complete a year-long capstone research project (some example products are on the Campus and Community portal) and include awards in international student research.
Research often aids the identification and implementation of best practices - optimal routines that improve efficiency and long-term production. Measuring and analyzing sustainability performance requires skills in many potential career fields (examples include carbon accounting, renewable energy engineering, endangered species extinctions, sustainable building design, geographic information systems, government operations, etc.).
Companies, non-profits, academia, and government employers seek sustainability professionals to research and refine systems management to improve long-term resilience. Examples of such jobs are in Sustainability FAQs.