From the President's Desk
ISSP Helps You Find Your People
In The Rocky Mountains and Beyond
By Jeff Yorzyk,
Director of Sustainability, Green Chef, Boulder, Colorado
Last fall, ISSP piloted a retreat event in Colorado called "Beyond Sustainability." We will hold it again this year August 27-31! The event astounded all of us at the power of bringing experienced professionals together for workshops of value to our companies, our careers, and ourselves. The limited registration created an intimate, deep networking environment where everyone left with a strong feeling of connection and community - which we all know can be incredibly hard to come by in the sustainability profession. We see an important future for ISSP "unconference" events like this, which we can supplement through partnering at many of the large conferences already in existence. An example of this is our partnership with the Environmental Leader Conference, to be held June 5-7 in Denver, Colorado, where ISSP members will greet visitors at the ISSP exhibition booth and host an ISSP meet-up during the conference. Creating community among sustainability professionals is a key aspect of how ISSP supports our members. I encourage everyone to consider events like this as opportunities to "find your people."
ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP
Now Available Year-Round!
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Last month marked a milestone for ISSP's Sustainability Professional Certification program, as both the ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) and ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP) credential exams were made available on a year-round, rolling basis. Due to the success of the pilot period, candidates for either credential
may now register
and schedule exams at their convenience.
The ISSP credentials are a great way to earn recognition for your sustainability knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as grow your personal brand.
Learn more about the benefits of getting certified
- both as an individual professional and for the field as a whole.
Help Reshape and Revitalize
ISSP's Repository of Resources!
The goal of ISSP's
Research and Resources Committee
is to empower sustainability professionals to succeed through providing
. To do this, we need to understand what those terms mean for professionals around the globe!
By taking just
to complete our survey, you can help us reshape and revitalize ISSP's repository of resources so they fit your needs.
As Chair of this committee, Lucinda Brown will personally field all questions directed to
, so feel free to email if you have questions or comments that don't fit within the confines of the survey.
We hope you will help us improve ISSP's performance as we continue to serve sustainability professionals worldwide.
The ISSP Big 3 Conversation:
Climate Take Back @ Interface
As a follow-up to our ISSP Big 3 Webinar on April 6 with sustainable business leaders Interface, Patagonia, and Unilever, we're hosting a blog series from guest authors and ISSP leaders. The series will explore unanswered audience questions from the webinar and dive deeper into the panelists' respective work, how they drive sustainability and get buy-in at their companies, and what's next for sustainability within their businesses.
You can view the first blog, hosted by Interface, which centers on that company's new mission, Climate Take Back; how they drive participation at all levels; and how they are navigating the challenges of establishing a program around this aggressive and bold vision of creating a climate fit for life. This will be followed by additional blogs which will explore factors such as leadership, gaining internal buy-in, and how others can apply these lessons within their organizations. Join us in the conversation!
Profile: Catherine Hurley, ISSP-CSP
Here's the latest installment in our occasional series
of articles profiling ISSP members who have achieved ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional designations. Featured this month is Catherine Hurley, ISSP-CSP.
||Catherine Hurley, ISSP-CSP
You can read Catherine's full profile and learn about other ISSP Certified Sustainability Professionals by visiting our new
ISSP Member Profiles page
Title: Sustainability Program Manager
Organization: Argonne National Laboratory
Location: Lemont, Illinois
Why I joined ISSP: When I needed best practices outside of my sector, I found ISSP to be the best place to connect with the wider sustainability movement.
Course: Life Cycle Assessment 101
||Tom Gloria, Harvard University
Begins May 5th
Gain an understanding of the scope, challenges, and possibilities in applying life cycle assessment to decision-making processes.
ISSP's introductory LCA course, taught by Harvard University's Tom Gloria, will be held May 5th-26th.
Learn more here.
Paris, Climate Action, and Developments in Global Renewable Energy Markets
Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT
Join renewable energy experts James Lewis and Amy Haddon for an overview of the global RE market. James and Amy will discuss the drivers behind growing opportunities in Mexico, southeast Asia, and Europe, the types of products available in these markets, and how these products can help companies meet their own goals and the goals of their supply chain.
The Greater New York City Chapter (ISSP-NYC) presented Laurent Claquin, Head of Kering Americas, on April 19th in its Leaders In Sustainability keynote series. Read more
Join the ISSP DC Chapter for a tour of one of only 12 structures in the world that have met the Living Building Challenge (LBC). Learn more
Participants in the ISSP Portland Chapter meeting on May 17 will explore the application of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals then share the results of their conversation live with the ISSP Indonesia Chapter who will be having a simultaneous meeting in Jakarta. Register now
Want to see if there's a chapter near you? Check out our
Calling all ISSP Members:
How can ISSP help you?
ISSP's members are extraordinary sustainability professionals. They not only work across all industries and geographic boundaries to make sustainability standard practice, but they also understand the value of being connected to other sustainability professionals - sharing best practices and helping to advance the sustainability profession.
We want to know what ISSP can do to help you in your efforts. At the beginning of the year, Maureen Hart, ISSP's Executive Director, held a series of online meetings with individuals who has been a ISSP member for more than a year, to get their thoughts and ideas about how ISSP can help members improve skills, expand their networks, and generally move the needle on sustainable best practices. The meetings were specifically kept small - no more than 8 members at a time - to give members a chance to get to know other members around the world as well, so they were fun networking events as well.
So, if you have been a member for more than one year and want to join the conversation, check your inbox for your invitation to these meetings and join us! If you didn't get an invite, send Maureen a message at
Note that these meetings are specifically for those who have been ISSP members for more than a year. If you are a new member, be sure to sign up for one of our monthly Member Orientation meetings listed on the
ISSP Calendar of Events
Sustainability Events Around the World
- Sustainable Brands'17 Madrid, May 7 - 9, Madrid, Spain
- Sustainable Brands'17 Detroit, May 22 - 25, Detroit, Michigan
- Environmental Leader Conference, June 5 - 7, Denver, Colorado
- Sustainable Brands'17 Buenos Aires, September 21, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Sustainable Brands'17 Cape Town, October 2 - 4, Cape Town, South Africa
- Companies Vs Climate Change: Europe, October 4 - 6, Brussels, Belgium
- Sustainable Brands'17 Kuala Lumpur, October 10 - 11, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- AASHE Conference & Expo, October 15 - 18, San Antonio, TX
- Kingdom Renewable Energy Summit 2017, October 18 - 19, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Sustainable Brands'17 Copenhagen, October 30 - November 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Sustainable Brands New Metrics'17, November 13 - 15, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Companies Vs Climate Change: USA, November 29 - December 1, Miami, Florida
- Sustainable Brands'17 Bangkok, November 29 - 30, Bankkok, Thailand