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International Society of Sustainability Professionals Welcomes Maureen Hart As New Executive Director

Leadership Team Bolstered Further as ISSP's Long-Time Education and Marketing Managers Move Into Director Roles

February 2014 - Maureen Hart has been chosen by the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) as the group's new Executive Director. Hart replaces Marsha Willard, who has served as ISSP's Executive Director since 2008. Marsha will remain active with the group as a board member and Executive Director Emeritus of the group she helped to establish in 2007.

With more than 20 years in the field, Hart brings a wealth of experience and sustainability knowledge to her new position. She is an expert in sustainability indicators and author of the Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators. As founder and owner of Sustainable Measures, a private consulting firm based in West Hartford, Connecticut, she has assisted a wide variety of large and small for-profit and not-for-profit organizations understand and develop more sustainable practices.


“A large pool of strong candidates applied for the executive director job,” said Dorothy Atwood, president of the ISSP Board of Directors. “Maureen rose to the top of that process. We are confident that she will provide the inspiration and drive that we want at the helm to take ISSP to the next level.


“I would also like to thank Marsha Willard for her inspired leadership of ISSP, from its conception under the wings of Zero Waste Alliance to where we are today, as the premier membership organization for sustainability professionals,” Atwood continued. “She has guided us to a great spot for a new executive director to pick up the reins and take us into our next phase of development.”


Commenting on her selection as ISSP's new Executive Director, Hart said, “Marsha will be a hard act to follow but I am thrilled to have been selected to take her place and lead the organization through its next stage of development. 2014 will be a very exciting year for ISSP. More local chapters are being formed, the sustainability professional certification process is underway, new on-line and in person educational opportunities are being planned, and the ISSP Conference 2014 in Denver this November will be ISSP's largest face-to-face gathering to date. I look forward to partnering with ISSP members and other members of the sustainability community as, together, we work to take sustainability to the next level and make it standard practice in all organizations.”


In addition to Hart assuming the Executive Director role, the ISSP Leadership Team has been enhanced with the appointments of Christy Nordstrom and Ray Berardinelli to the positions of Education Program Director and Marketing Director respectively. Nordstrom has been serving in the role of ISSP's Education Program Manager since 2010

and Berardinelli has been ISSP's Marketing Manager since 2011. Their appointments to Director level positions reflect their contributions to the development of ISSP into the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals.


About ISSP


The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven association committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward through building strong networks and communities of practice. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts more than 700 members from every continent in the world. Members share resources and best practices, and develop themselves professionally. Webinars, webchats, on-line courses, special reports, resource directories, salary surveys, and professional competency studies are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. ISSP Conference 2014 will provide an opportunity to network with more than 300 sustainability professionals from around the world Nov 12-14, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. For more information about ISSP and its offerings, please visit


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New Officers Elected As Strategic Planning Process for 2014 Gets Underway

July 2013 - The Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) recently restructured and has elected a slate of officers that will take a much more active role in leading the organization. Congratulations to the newly elected leaders of ISSP.


  • Dorothy Atwood, Board President
  • Julian Crawford, Board Vice President

  • Laurel Sukup, Board Secretary

  • Rick Woodward, Board Treasurer

  • Stephan Levitsky, Board Development Director

The restructuring will allow ISSP to more fully leverage the talents of its board members with an eye toward creating even more value for sustainability professionals worldwide. To read more, click here.


Sustainability Leaders to Gather in Chicago May 8-10 for ISSP Conference 2013

April 2013 - Here's a summary of keynote speakers, new Sustainability Hall of Fame inductees and sponsors in a preview of ISSP Conference 2013. Professional certification, integrated reporting, and corporate responses to climate adaptation and ecosystem services were just a few of the topics to be discussed by conference participants. Download a full copy of the news release below.


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Four Sustainability Leaders Selected By Peers to Join International Society of Sustainability Professionals Sustainability Hall of Fame ™

February 2013 – ISSP announced the newest members of the ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame to be inducted in May 2013 at ISSP Conference 2013 in Chicago They are:

  • Alan AtKisson, President and CEO of AtKisson Group.
  • John Elkington, Founding Partner & Executive Chairman of Volans
  • Hazel Henderson, Founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC
  • L Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions

The ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame was established in 2011 to formally recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of sustainability and to the professionals who serve it. To read a full copy of the news release announcing the newest inductees, download a copy here.


ISSP Board Member Ira Feldman Participates in EPA Listening Session on Sustainability

March 2012 - Last year a National Academy of Sciences panel issued a report to US EPA with recommendations about incorporating sustainability across all of the Agency's programs and activities.  EPA is now conducting a number of "listening sessions" with invited experts and stakeholders in order to develop a response to the recommendations. On Thursday, March 15,  ISSP management team and board member Ira Feldman will participate in an EPA listening session on disclosure, information and sustainability reporting.  Others invited to this session include Mike Wallace of GRI, Curtis Ravenel of Bloomberg and Jeff Burke of the National P2 Roundtable.

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ISSP Establishes Sustainability Hall of Fame (tm)

July 2011 - The International Society of Sustainability Professionals has established the ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame (tm) as a way to formally recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of sustainability and to the professionals that serve it. Read about the founding members here.


Finalists Announced for ISSP Pinnacle Award

May 2011 —Five industry leaders have been selected as finalists for the first ISSP Pinnacle Award, which recognizes significant contributions to the sustainability profession . Read more here


ISSP Executive Director, Marsha Willard, interviewed by Triple Pundit

February 2011 —Sustainability blog Triple Pundit asked Marsha Willard to talk about how organizations are addressing sustainability.  See the interview here.

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