Can you see a difference between environmental and sustainability management?

I have a question: what is the point of difference, if there is one, between an environmental professional/consultant and a sustainability professional/consultant? The reason I am asking is because the terms seem to be used interchangeably. Even government departments have changed back and forth between ‘environment’ and ‘sustainable’ in their titles.

Wikipedia defines sustainability  as the long-term maintenance of responsibility, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use. This definition implies that environmental management is a subset of sustainability management. But is this the common view?

Is it the case that all environmental actions are also sustainability actions, or are certain environmental actions s perhaps more  sustainability oriented than others. For example are “project EIA-types actions being “less” sustainability oriented as opposed to “environmental strategy” type actions.

Please use the poll button to vote or leave a comment. I am interested to hear the different views.

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