ISSP Annual Conference 2014

Other Sustainability Events and Trainings Around the World

ISSP is pleased to make our members aware of these other sustainability events happening around the world. Listing here is not an endorsement per se but an attempt to share opportunities of interest. In some cases these events have extended a discount to ISSP members.

Events are listed in chronological order.  Click on the event name or scroll down to read more.





2014 EcoChallenge

October 15 - 29, 2014, Various Locations

The NW Earth Institute invites you to change your life for good by participating in the 2014 EcoChallenge. For two weeks this October, challenge yourself to change one habit that benefits both you and the planet. It’s a win-win designed to inspire a lifetime of positive change. For inspiration and to sign up, visit


 Last year, over 2,000 EcoChallengers proved that a community of people taking action in their own lives adds up to real change. The NW Earth Institute invites you to join the EcoChallenge on your own, or start a team and make an even bigger difference. The EcoChallenge runs from October 15-29 and during the two week challenge you’ll connect with other EcoChallengers, earn points for accomplishing your challenge, and have a chance to win fun prizes.


 If you’re looking to live more sustainably and make a difference, the NW Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge is a fun step toward a lower impact lifestyle. Register today and join thousands of people who are taking action on behalf of the Earth!


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Local Renewables Conference 2014 

October 22 - 24, Freiburg and Lörrach, Germany

How to shape regional development through energy transition will be the focus of Local Renewables 2014. The event will explore regional development through energy transition and practical guidance on efficiently utilising renewable energy resources. Topics to be covered include the collaboration with local stakeholders, the value of technological innovations and how to identify sources of financing local action. This is a valuable opportunity for policy-makers, representatives from European institutions, energy service providers and experts to share views and knowledge.

For more information please visit the conference website:


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PLANET's Green Industry Conference (GIC)

October 22 - 24, Louisville, KY

For the last 25 years, attendees of the Green Industry Conference (GIC) have been inspired, learned about industry trends, formulated strategies, and built new relationships. Come and celebrate our silver anniversary with highly relevant educational sessions, plenty of networking opportunities, a trade show hosting over 750 exhibitors, and a few special celebratory events. This is THE premier landscape industry event of the year. More details, including educational offerings, schedule of events, and registration can be found at or by contacting PLANET at 800-395-2522 or


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AASHE Annual Conference & Expo

October 26 - 29, Portland, OR

With nearly 2,000 participants, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)'s annual conference is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America. In one of the most innovative sustainable cities in North America, attendees from around the world will come together at AASHE 2014 to network and share new innovations, activities, frameworks, learning outcomes, tools, strategies, research, theory and leadership initiatives that are changing the face of sustainability on their campus and surrounding communities.  Register and learn more here.


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VERGE: Where Tech Meets Sustainability

October 27 - 30, San Francisco, CA

VERGE San Francisco brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading public officials to explore the opportunities for radical efficiencies created through technology advancements in energy, buildings and transportation.  Cutting-edge green business speakers include entrepreneurs, journalists, and business leaders.  For more information, visit VERGE San Francisco.


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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit 2014: Delivering Meaningful Impact

October 29 - 30, Toronto, Canada

Join hundreds of professionals and practitioners in corporate social responsibility, corporate sustainability, community relations and volunteerism to share ideas, exchange next and best practices, and explore practical business solutions to the challenges you and other CSR leaders face.  CSR Summit 2014 will provide the information and insights you need to improve your programs, deliver meaningful impact to communities, and enhance the triple bottom line.  For more information, visit CSR Summit 2014.


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Sustainable Brands '14 London

November 3 - 5, London, UK

A thriving global economy is upon us and global brand leaders see regenerative business models as successful steps toward this delightful future. The international SB community follows up in London this fall to reimagine what's possible and look for opportunities to redesign every aspect of their business. Website:


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2014 NetImpact Conference

November 6 – 8, Minneapolis, MN

Net Impact is a community of more than 40,000 student and professional leaders creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world. Net Impact is thrilled to bring its annual conference to the Twin Cities for the first time in its 22 year history, and to be able to collaborate with local chapters in creating an inspiring and cutting-edge event for over 2,500 attendees. For more information about Net Impact conferences, visit


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25th Annual SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing


November 9 -11, Colorado Springs, CO


The SRI Conference is the oldest and largest annual conference for sustainable and responsible investors, SRI industry practitioners, and related organizations in North America. This event is designed to inform, inspire, and serve the needs of investment professionals, as well as institutional and high net worth investors. A professional conference, The SRI Conference is a gathering place for people and organizations directing investment capital in positive, healthy, and transformative ways. The conference offers attendees many opportunities to meet and learn from passionate, creative, socially conscious people from all corners of the responsible investment industry in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit


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Yosemite Sustainable Conference

December 8-10, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Village, CA

Be a part of the first annual Yosemite Sustainable Conference in Beautiful Yosemite National Park. Join the celebration of 150 years since President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, establishing Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove as the first protected wild land for all time. This event connects sustainability professionals to ideas and each other. Learn how to save your business money with water, energy and waste management. Be on the leading front of this sustainability effort. Rub shoulders with professionals and learn from peers and speakers that will be sharing their expert knowledge of sustainable solutions. It’s better for Yosemite, better for you, better for business. For more info, visit


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Society for Organizational Learning: Foundations for Leadership Program

December 9-11, 2014 & March 25-27, 2015, DoubleTree Hotel, Bedford, MA

Deepen your capacity to lead effectively in this intensive three-day program, based on the leadership development process described in The Fifth Disciplineby Peter Sengeidentified as a seminal management book by Harvard Business Review. Participants in Foundations for Leadership will explore what it takes to create an environment where leadership is a shared responsibility, naturally embedded in the fabric of an organization and community.

Participants will leave with a new set of skills, tools and understanding of how they can facilitate meaningful change, both within their organizations and in their personal lives. The special contribution of this leadership course emerges as participants make the profound connections between personal mastery and systems thinking, seeing that deep change in systems and in oneself are inseparable from each other.

This course is intended for everyone committed to deepening their capacity for effective leadership; teams are encouraged to attend to further develop their collective leadership.



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Global Sustainability Institute Research Conference 2015: The Interface Between Sustainability Research and Policy


January 26-17, 2015, Cambridge, UK


The 2015 Global Sustainability Institute Conference will bring together leaders from academia, business, government, NGOs and beyond, to discuss the interface between sustainability research and public policy and practice.  Today's researchers are judged not only on the academic quality of their work but upon the 'impact' of their research on the real world. Carbon emissions, biodiversity, economic systems, behaviours and practices are being modelled, mapped, observed and studied in an attempt to both understand and influence the real world. But how successful has it been in driving change?

For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit


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14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference


January 29-31, 2015, Baltimore, MD


New Partners is the nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability conference. It attracts participants from urban, suburban, and rural communities from across the country and hundreds of speakers from multiple disciplines.  By bringing together so many different thinkers, practitioners, activists, community leaders and elected officials from an ever-evolving and expanding spectrum of disciplines and innovative perspectives, New Partners has guided a strong and diverse movement grounded in the values of sustainable communities for over a decade.  The theme for 2015 is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities”.

For more information, including session proposals and registration, continue reading here.


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Society for Organizational Learning: Leadership for Sustainability Workshop

June 2015, Exact Dates & Location To Be Determined


Join Peter Senge and Darcy Winslow for this 3-day leadership workshop and learn how to successfully and collaboratively make sustainability a core value in your organization, supply chain and community. The overall focus of this workshop is joint capacity building in service of developing new capabilities for generative partnerships and collaboration for systemic change.

Leadership for Sustainability offers less lecture time, and more time for hands-on development of your leadership skills.  You will strengthen your systems thinking skills so you can switch from reactive problem solving to initiating and creating new futures.



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Society for Organizational Learning: Executive Champions' Workshop

August 18-21, 2015, Stowe, VT

The Executive Champions' Workshop (ECW) is a special setting for nurturing new thinking and relationships among executive leaders in today's rapidly changing economic and social landscape. 

The ECW has thrived over the years because of a growing desire amongst senior leaders from diverse organizations around the world to engage in deeper dialogue with peers who share their aspirations and face similar challenges. With its distinguished participants, this program has consistently created a distinctive space for deep reflection and conversation around questions that matter.

Deep Conversation around Questions That Matter

The ECW is not a training session. Nor is it a typical conference. It is both personal and substantive in the way that only deep conversation among peers can be. In focusing on this year's theme: "Building Personal and Collective Leadership Capacity for Systems Change and Innovation,” we will explore questions such as:



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