From demographics to pay rates, this survey -- conducted by GreenBiz.com's John Davies among 536 members of the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel -- looks at the latest trends among sustainability professionals in 2011.
Among the findings of the report:
Dedication. More executives than ever have a job that is 100 percent dedicated to sustainability. Eighty-six percent of large companies now have at least one full-time person spending all of their time on sustainability, compared to 81 percent last year.
Strategy Is Job 1, but Energy Rises. Strategy development -- helping senior management develop a sustainability strategy that syncs with their company's overall strategy -- is the primary task for all sustainability executives. But not surprisingly in this economy, "energy efficiency and facilities management" jumped into the top three tasks for those at the vice president level. This year we also asked if companies have a full-time dedicated corporate energy manager and 48 percent of large companies have this role at their company.
Staffs and Budgets Are Getting (Somewhat) Bigger. This year we see both budgets and, to a lesser extent, teams grow when compared to 2010. While those with no budget or one under $100,000 dropped a combined 10 points in 2011 when compared to 2010, companies with budgets ranging from $100,000 to under $10 million saw a combined increase of 11 points compared to last year.