Two Industry Pioneers To Join ISSP’s Sustainability Hall of Fame

--Newest Inductees To Be Officially Recognized December 9-12 at Organization’s 2019 Global Congress in Chicago--

PORTLAND, OR, Oct. 3 - The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) today announced that two industry pioneers will join their Sustainability Hall of Fame™, which was established in 2011 to formally recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the field and to the professionals who serve it.  


ISSP’s nomination process commenced in March of this year and the organization opened up the campaign to the public for the first time. Names were submitted and, after a thorough review, the latest cohort was selected by Committee. The 2019 inductees include:

  • Janine Benyus, co-founder of Biomimicry Institute and Biomimicry 3.8. She is an American biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.” Since the book's 1997 release, Janine's work as a global thought leader has evolved the practice of biomimicry from a meme to a movement, inspiring clients and innovators to look to nature to solve society’s most pressing problems.  

  • Vandana Shiva, Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, and anti-globalization author. She has authored more than 20 books and was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as an “Alternative Nobel Prize.”  

An Awards Dinner at the inaugural Global Congress for Climate Change & Sustainability Professionals, which ISSP is convening with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) this December in Chicago, will honor Benyus and Shiva, both of whom will be attending the Congress. Ray Anderson, Alan AtKisson, Susan Burns, John Elkington, Gil Friend, Hazel Henderson, Jeffrey Hollender, Amory Lovins, Hunter Lovins, Joel Makower, Karl Henrik Robert, Mathis Wackernagel, and Bob Willard are among the Sustainability Hall of Fame’s™ past inductees. 

The sustainability sector has more than enough conferences; this Congress fills an industry need for interactive dialogue, shared problem-solving, and community-sourced insights. As such, it offers ISSP a unique opportunity to identify the requisite skills for the rapidly evolving sustainability field and to further hone ISSP’s industry-leading body of knowledge. 

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About ISSP
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world’s leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven organization, committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward by building strong networks and communities of practice and by defining professional excellence with internationally-recognized credentials for sustainability professionals. Webinars, online courses, regional networking meetings and chapters, a sustainability professional body of knowledge, special reports, and resource directories are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts over 1,000 members from every region of the world.