Friday, December 16, 2011

The University of Arizona is pleased to announce the initiation of an extraordinary degree opportunity for students interested in entering the new green economy. The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona has received university approval for the new Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments degree (BSSBE). The BSSBE is a 4-year, 120 credit, interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that educates students in the comprehensive understanding of environmental design, planning, and management challenges; the forces affecting the built environment (ecological, engineering, political,social, economic); and the formulation of plausible, creative solutions. The BSSBE will be the first degree of its kind offered in the Western United States.

"Nationally as well as statewide, employment related to sustainability or "green collar" jobs is growing significantly," reports Janice Cervelli, dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. "BSSBE will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in a wide range of green industries, professions, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations involved in environmental management and the promotion of sustainability. The BSSBE degree serves an important purpose in the state of Arizona by helping to meet current and future demand for a skilled, environmentally-related workforce."

BSSBE graduates will find a wide range of employment opportunities from small businesses to government agencies to global corporations in such fields as construction, property development and management, environmental law, lobbying, product development and manufacturing, mass transit, management consultation, banks and mortgage companies, strategic and sustainability planning, environmental protection, waste reduction, remediation products and services, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. The degree also provides students with accelerated entry into the college's master's programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Planning. The College is now accepting applications.

The Brookings Institution reports that the cleaneconomy outperformed the nation during the recession. The American Council of Economic Advisors predicted that jobs in energy and the environment would grow at an astonishing rate of 52% between 2000 and 2016. According to a new study by McGraw-Hill Construction, green jobs are now an established part of the design and constructionworkforce and are expected to rise over the next three years, with 45 percent of all design and construction jobs projected to be green by 2014. The green building market represented 25percent of all new U.S. construction activity in 2010 and a third of all new nonresidential construction is green, a figure that is expected to triple by 2015. According to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the number of green jobs in Arizona is expected to grow eight times more than other jobs this year. The Arizona Department of Administration reports private and public green employment in 2010 totaled an estimated 31,649 jobs in 1,711 establishments with the biggest employers being in waste management and treatment, conservation, recycling, energy efficient building products and materials, environmental research and consulting services, and solar PV and thermal energy.

For more information, please visit bssbe.arizona.edu.