Want to save the planet while you work? The business world is looking for more and more people like you for a growing part of the profession known as environmental accounting. Environmental accountants help businesses become eco-friendly and profitable. Here’s a taste of what you can do as an earth-loving CPA:
Environmental Staff Accountant. In this job at a large corporation, you’d take a look at all the ways the company could save money by implementing different environmentally-friendly changes. You’d use your findings to convince management that putting in pollution controls or making “greener” products is a good business decision. Environmental accountants help the environment and a company’s bottom line.
Environmental Compliance Analyst. These days, companies, organizations and cities have to deal with a lot of regulations when it comes to their impact on the environment. As the environmental compliance analyst, it’d be your job to make sure your company is obeying all the rules. Is it monitoring its impact on wetlands nearby? Is it paying its taxes on air pollution? You’d help conduct investigations and prepare reports to show that your business is staying green.
Environmental National Accountant. Someone has to keep an eye on our nation’s natural resources (trees, mineral deposits, etc.), since they have a value in our economy. Organizations that do this, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hire environmental accountants to keep track of natural resources used and the resulting economic impact. The information provided by environmental accountants helps the government create better environmental policies and protect our resources.
Know this: Large companies often have environmental accountants on staff, as do accounting firms, government agencies and nonprofits. There aren’t any specific environmental accounting courses in college—but you can double major in environmental science.