Sustainable Development Policy Analyst

Evaluate whether policies promote conservation of resources.
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$40,000 – $96,000

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What do Sustainable Development Policy Analysts do?

A Sustainable Development Policy Analyst is an advocate of the philosophy behind sustainability, and it’s their job to promote it to Policymakers by advising them on laws and regulations that help or hinder the sustainability of individuals, communities, companies, and governments.

What, exactly, is that philosophy? Say you’re stuck in the woods for a week without credit cards, grocery stores, or any other means of finding and buying supplies. What you’ve got is what you’ve got.

If you want to survive, therefore, you’ll need to develop a well-thought-out plan for maintaining your supply of food, water, and firewood. If you don’t, you’ll run out, ending up hungry, cold, and tired. That’s the basic premise behind sustainability: You’ve got to conserve your resources today so that you still have some tomorrow.

As a Sustainable Development Policy Analyst, you’re concerned with all types of sustainability — social (that is, equity, diversity, and quality of life), economic (that is, capital, efficiency, and profit), and environmental (that is, resource management, energy efficiency, and waste reduction). You’re paid by Legislators, government agencies, lobbying firms, and nonprofit organizations to analyze proposed legislation through a sustainability lens. On a daily basis, you read bills, policies, and initiatives, then analyze their impact through a combination of research and fieldwork. Ultimately, you share your critiques, commendations, and recommendations via written reports and oral presentations.

Because your ultimate goal as a Sustainable Development Policy Analyst is producing knowledge that educates Lawmakers about sustainable policies — and creating arguments that persuade them to actually propose and pass such policies — you’re basically a walking, talking “wake-up” call for the modern world, charged with making sure future generations have thriving communities, healthy economies, and abundant resources.

Should I be a Sustainable Development Policy Analyst?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.

  • Also known as: Community Planning and Development Representative, Economic Developer, Housing Development Specialist See More

    How to Become a
    Sustainable Development Policy Analyst

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