From the President's Desk
You Get What You Give:
An Open Invitation to Participate
By Jeff Yorzyk,
Director of Sustainability, Green Chef, Boulder, Colorado
One of the great things about volunteering with ISSP is the opportunity to interact with the high caliber individuals we attract. I deeply appreciated the leadership of the Board members who have filled the president's role before me, and have been honored with their trust in me as President this operating year. This newsletter marks the inauguration of an incredible set of
new Board members
that reinforce my faith in the future of this organization. I have continued to be impressed as additional committee-level volunteers have joined us as well. I cannot think of a more powerful and effortless way to have built my network within this amazing community of professionals then engaging in a common effort. I once heard a great speaker say, "you get what you give." Let this be my invitation to anyone reading this to take the next step in your career by
volunteering with ISSP
! We have many levels of involvement to support your quest for networking and learning at whatever stage you are in your career.
Ranks of ISSP-SAs Grow as Test Season Continues
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We are proud to welcome more than 40 newly certified ISSP Sustainability Associates (ISSP-SAs) to our growing list of nearly 300
ISSP certified professionals
! These new credential holders - who have demonstrated their knowledge, skills, and abilities with regard to core sustainability concepts - add to an already diverse group by representing a range of countries, including Mexico, the UK, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong.
This continued engagement from the sustainability community comes as we gear up for the launch of the ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP) credential exam in early April, which will be accompanied by its own Study Guide. Only individuals who have already passed the ISSP-SA exam will be eligible to apply for the ISSP-CSP credential. See the
for more information.
You can join our new credential holders by
registering for the ISSP-SA exam
today! Registration will remain open through April 8th, and test takers will be able to schedule their exams through April 22nd. Check out the
we offer to assist candidates in preparing for the ISSP-SA exam and see the list of
ISSP Education Partners
if you are interested in taking an exam prep course.
For more information, check out our FAQ and Candidate Handbook. With further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
ISSP Announces Partnership with ACCO
ISSP is pleased to announce that we are teaming up with the
Association of Climate Change Officers
(ACCO) to offer joint membership benefits for those working in the sustainability and climate change fields. ACCO, which offers its own set of
or leaders in climate change strategy implementation, shares ISSP's goal of improving the knowledge, skills, and professional growth of sustainability and professionals around the world.
Becoming a member of both ISSP and ACCO yields $50 discounts on membership rates across the board, plus additional discounts on the credentials and training offered by each organization! Learn more about these joint benefits and how to take advantage of them.
ISSP Members Well Represented
In Latest List of CR Superstars
CR Magazine recently honored
a select group of people who demonstrate a superior dedication to Corporate Responsibility that is evident in every aspect of their daily lives. According to the staff of CR Magazine, a CR Superstar is someone who lives and breathes sustainability and encourages everyone around them to participate in creating a better business environment.
Several members of the ISSP community have been
recognized as CR Superstars for 2017. Congratulations to each of them!
Marilyn Johnson, ISSP-CSP, Head of Sustainability, IHS Markit, and ISSP Board of Directors Past President
ISSP-SA, Vice President,
Social & Environmental Responsibility at Flex Ltd.
Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz and Member of ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame
For more information about the CR Superstar Awards, please click here.
Carbon Accounting - Calculate, Reduce, Offset, and Disclose
Your CO2 Emissions
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT
Carbon Accounting is a vital tool in enabling organizations to measure and report on their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As the need to respond to the causes and impacts of climate change becomes increasingly urgent, emissions calculations and inventories are a vital first step towards mastering climatic risk.
Join Professor Arnaud Brohé for an accessible and comprehensive overview of carbon accounting. Arnaud will discuss the various methods and instruments used by countries, cities, and companies to calculate, reduce and internalize the cost of carbon - including a comparison of production vs. consumption GHG inventories and a discussion on carbon taxation, carbon markets and voluntary offsetting. Learn how these methodologies and instruments stem not simply from the aim of reducing emissions for the lowest cost, but more as a compromise between divergent interests and individual world views.
Webinars are free for ISSP members.
Stakeholder Engagement Strategies 2017: Supply Chain Engagement
||Robb Dods, Region of Waterloo
Begins Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Sustainability is likely to be THE defining
business issue of the 21st century. Every purchase of goods or services commits a portion of your organization to operate on either a sustainable or an unsustainable basis. All procurements include financial responsibility considerations; and many incorporate environmental responsibility, but few include any social responsibility considerations. In this module, we will comprehensively cover the importance of sustainable procurement and supply chain engagement and how to maximize your efforts to green your supply chain.
Free ISSP Webinar:
Looking Into the Future with Sustainability's Big 3: Interface, Patagonia, and Unilever
April 6, 2017 at 11:00am PT-US
Three leading companies-Interface, Patagonia, and Unilever-are making sustainability the cornerstone of their brands and are shaping the way that sustainable business is conducted all over the world. In their unique industries, these three companies have overcome old ways of thinking and a "business as usual" mindset. They have each made lasting commitments to creating positive impacts on the world, our environment and our communities while generating revenue, reimagining their brands, and emerging as leaders in the commercial sphere.
In this free webinar, sustainability leaders from the "Big 3" in sustainability will discuss the obstacles they have faced in making sustainability the norm and the innovative, exciting solutions that have helped them to not only succeed, but to triumph - driving a spirit of optimism even in these uncertain times. The session will cover strategies for success, best practices, and an in-depth conversation on sustainability in the next decade.
Free for all registrants!
Upcoming Events from ISSP Chapters
The ISSP Indonesia Chapter will be meeting on March 7th to discuss how sustainability professionals can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. More than 30 sustainability professionals are expected to attend. Anyone interested in learning more should contact Maria Dian Nurani at email@example.com.
As professionals, sustainability practitioners tend to engage mostly in office and urban environments. This year, however, the
ISSP DC Chapter
is planning events to connect sustainability professionals directly with sustainability issues and innovation in order to deepen the learning, generate practical takeaways, and create more meaningful connections with other professionals. We want to combine the value of expert panels and presentations with the inspiring and tangible benefits of natural surroundings.
Our first event
, on May 20 at the
Alice Ferguson Foundation
, gives professionals the opportunity to learn about the
Living Building Challenge
(LBC) inside of one of the few completed LBC projects in the world! We will also learn about the impact of pollution on the Potomac with a hands-on exercise and attendees can explore the historic and picturesque grounds. In the future, we plan to hold similar events at local working farms, recycling facilities, and other places where we can engage all of our senses in learning about sustainability challenges and solutions.
Welcome to the Newest Members
of the ISSP Board of Directors
ISSP is excited to announce that eight new members of the Board of Directors have been elected to help further ISSP's mission of making sustainability standard practice across the globe. These sustainability experts, who will guide ISSP's long-term vision and help implement the group's policies and initiatives, boast experience ranging from project planning and consulting to academia and municipal government. Our newest board members are:
Sarah Beyea, Sustainability Toolkit Project Manager, Tavares Group Consulting Inc., London, Canada. Sarah assists organizations in integrating sustainability and managing their environmental, social and economic impacts.
Drew Bryck, Environmental Program Manager for the City of Avondale, Arizona. Drew is responsible for implementing the city's comprehensive Municipal Sustainability Plan, adopted by City Council in 2014, which covers energy and water conservation, and social equity projects.
Neil Drobny, Senior Lecturer and Program Director, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Neil teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in sustainable business practices and co-leads a new campus-wide major in sustainability.
Jacqueline Drumheller, Sustainability Manager at Alaska Airlines, Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines in 1997, she worked in both the environmental consulting industry as well as the hazardous waste management industry.
Beth Knight, Strategy and Operations Leader for EY's Beacon Institute, London, United Kingdom. Beth has more than ten years' experience as a sustainability leader and management consultant in areas related to purpose-led transformation.
Doug Melnick, AICP, CNUA, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. Doug leads the Office of Sustainability, as well as the City's sustainability efforts and policies in the areas of sustainable transportation, municipal sustainability, and energy management.
Ronald Morrison, MES, RPP, MCIP is a registered professional planner and founder of Sustainability North Inc., in Calgary, Canada, which provides advisory services in planning for sustainability. With more than thirty years of experience, Ron's work has addressed principles of sustainability in many different project areas.
- Fabian Sack, PhD, Director at Sustainably Pty Ltd in Sydney, Australia. Fabian has held senior private and public sector roles in the water, infrastructure and energy sectors. His company Sustainably now works collaboratively with governments, NGOs, higher education and businesses.
Sustainability Events Around the World
- Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture, March 13-15, Jakarta, Indonesia
- GoGreen Seattle, March 16, Seattle, WA
- Responsible Business Summit NY, March 27-28, Brooklyn, NY
- Environmental Leader Conference, June 5 - 7, Denver, CO
- Companies vs Climate Change: Europe, October 4 - 6, Brussels, Belgium
- AASHE Conference & Expo, October 15 - 18, San Antonio, TX