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.









Sustainable Brands '14 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, September 4 - 5, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Brands that broaden their role within society and redesign the way they deliver value are recognizing the economic, environmental and social benefits that result. This newest community event in South America is yet another opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals. Website:


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VERGE Salon: Data Solutions in Cities & Real Estate

September 16, New York, NY

VERGE Salons are focused events that bring together sustainability and technology executives to address sustainability solutions across industries and sectors.  Using fast-paced presentations, facilitated discussions and focused networking, this one-day salon will offer a deep dive into how technologies can accelerate sustainability solutions using the massive amounts of data in cities and real estate.  For more information, visit VERGE Salon NYC.


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Climate Ride NYC-DC

September 20 - 24, New York City to Washington DC


Five days, 300 miles. The nation's only charitable ride dedicated to sustainability and climate change. You choose which organization to support from our extensive list of over 100 non-profit beneficiaries. Our expert staff will help you reach your fundraising goal. Nightly speakers series from sustainable leaders and climate change experts. Referred to as the green conference on wheels. Beautiful back roads, top-notch amenities, a must-do, fully supported ride covering the 4 states and the U.S. Capitol. All in one spectacular week for the cause. Learn more at


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Global Business Sustainability Conference

September 23 – 26, University Center, MI


This international conference that is jointly sponsored by the College of Business and Management at Saginaw Valley State ‌University, USA and Shri Ram College of Commerce-University of Delhi, India. The conference provides a forum for both academicians and industry practitioners worldwide to meet and exchange ideas and insights about effective strategies and policies associated with global business sustainability.


The conference program will consist of:


  • Presentations of the latest research on effective strategies and policies on global business sustainability

  • Panel discussions with industry leaders on practical aspects to enhance global business sustainability


For more information, please visit

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New Metrics '14

September 24 - 26, Boston, MA

Leading businesses are creating and valuing entirely new forms of positive environmental AND social impact as well as quantifying previously ignored costs and risks. This 3-day Sustainable Brands event in partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management showcases new approaches to valuing risk and impact, explores new frontiers in setting company goals and shares new solutions in ICT and data management. The evolution of business metrics continues with vigor within the Sustainable Brands community. Define your success in the new economy with expanded methods for measuring risk and identifying new forms of value. Website:


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October 6 – 8, Austin, TX

SXSW Eco attracts a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. A uniquely inclusive platform for professionals, SXSW Eco examines the critical challenges of our times through a kaleidoscopic lens of design innovation, policy tipping points, technological breakthroughs, conservation practice, entrepreneurial spirit and a culture of creativity to transform inspiration into action. For more information, visit


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Growing Sustainable Communities - 7th Annual Conference

7th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference

October 7 – 8, Dubuque, IA

The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is an opportunity for leaders from local government, businesses, schools and non-profits to learn from experts and colleagues who will share the latest research and best practices for successfully implementing  sustainability projects across a broad spectrum of community disciplines, including healthcare, energy, resource management, environmental services, and urban planning and design.  Whether you're a public official trying to develop a green local economy, a college or hospital administrator working to reduce your institution's carbon footprint, or a business owner just hoping to lower your monthly utility bill, it's almost certain you'll be more successful by joining with like-minded people to brainstorm ideas and develop solutions that benefit everyone.  Register and learn more at


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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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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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