You're smart, you're capable and you want to land a great gig after college.

Ivy growing on campus walkway To do that, you've got to make sure you're prepared to join an economy that's going green—one in which sustainability is a priority for consumers and companies.

Sustainable Business

In many industries, regardless of whether the goal of the business relates to environmental impact, sustainable practices and policies lead to increased profits and social value. Investors have been rushing to fund a huge range of new companies, featuring everything from solar energy to green building materials. Even corporations like Walmart, Google, and HP are greening their products and improving their environmental record in response to consumer demand.

Green Education

The bottom line is that no matter what you major in, an understanding of green issues will serve you well in your future career.

If you want to be equipped to join the emerging green economy, you want to attend a school with a demonstrated understanding of sustainable issues. Schools that scored well on our Green Rating and are featured in our Guide to Green Colleges offer courses that help you understand your way around renewable energy, organic agriculture, and the tools for developing smart, efficient products. As an example, the Piedmont Project at Emory University is an annual, cross-disciplinary workshop that has become a national model for teaching faculty how to incorporate sustainability into their curriculum. Additionally, schools like the Georgia Institute of Technology offer more than 100 courses with a sustainability focus, covering everything from the environmental policy to the unexpected, like anthropology and religion… and that's just the beginning!

Not only do green colleges provide great courses, but many also give undergrads the opportunity to be involved in top-notch research. Students at Washington State University get to participate in projects focused on the development of clean technologies; others explore how to shift agricultural processes from producing greenhouse gases to eliminating them. Undergrads across the country have taken the green lead by launching recycling, composting, and conservation programs on their campuses and pushing for more environmentally friendly school policies.

If you choose to attend a school with a good Green Rating, the academic, research and extracurricular opportunities available will put you a step ahead of the competition and help you get ready for the job you really want.