ISSP Releases 2010 Special Report:
What are the Core Competencies Sustainability Professionals Need to Have?
In response to a growing need to move the world towards sustainable development and
sustainable practices within government and industry, a whole new profession is emerging.
This research study was conducted to bring clarity, cohesion and credibility to this new area.
The study, conducted over a 9 month period, sought to answer the question, “What should a
sustainability professional know how to do?” A review of related studies and a backward
chaining approach to identifying starter skill sets led to a series of interviews with invited
experts in the field. This process culminated in a survey tool that was administered to nearly
400 professionals working in the field. This report summarizes the competencies identified
as being most critical to the successful performance of professionals working in the field of
Click the link below to download the full report.