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Sustainable Horticulture (SH)

Business Technologies

Sustainable Horticulture (SH)

Business Technologies Division 513.569.1620 • Clifton Campus, Main Building, Room 330 • Program Chair: Mark Deacon

Employment Options

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Renovate existing landscapes to more sustainable landscapes.
  • Design, implement, and manage sustainable landscape technologies such as green roofs, green walls, storm water retention and rainwater harvesting
  • systems, and alternative energy products (such as solar lighting and water pumps) that are functional and aesthetically pleasing
  • Recognize plants that are invasive in the Cincinnati region and
    recommend control measures.
  • Identify and manage plants, both native and non-native, that are appropriate for sustainable landscapes

Representative Job Titles for Graduates

  • Grounds Specialist /Foreman
  • Horticulturist
  • Irrigation Specialist
  • Landscape Construction Specialist
  • Landscape Designer

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$28,000–$40,000 annually

Employment Outlook

The landscape industry has been gradually shifting toward more ecologically friendly and sustainable practices. Recent spikes in the price of raw materials, technological advances in the industry, and consumer interest in more environmentally responsible alternatives to standard landscapes have accelerated the growth of these practices. As Greater Cincinnati implements these new techniques, a qualified workforce will be in high demand, especially in the area of stormwater management because local municipalities are implementing a federal mandate to reduce stormwater overflows.

Education Options

Representative Co-op Employers

  • Brickman
  • Cincinnati Park Board
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Hamilton County Parks
  • Walt Disney World Resorts

Co-op Salary Projections

$9–$15/hour

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