Connecting sustainability professionals around the world!
ISSP members are forming chapters across the globe in order to meet and network with other sustainability professionals, either face-to-face in local, place-based chapters or virtually in 'affinity group' chapters to talk about specific areas of interest. See below for our current list of established chapters and chapters in process.
Current Chapter Locations
- Indonesia - Contact Maria Dian Nurani
- United Arab Emirates - Contact Aglaia Ntili
- AR-MS-TN Region - Contact Mary Singer
- Colorado - Contact Caitlin Rood or Jeff Yorzyk
- Maryland/Virginia/D.C. - Contact Mark Frieden or Aurora Reinke
- Minnesota - Contact Jennifer Kruse and Shannon Pinc
- Greater New York City Region - Contact Mark Wolf or Trisha Bauman
- Portland, OR - Contact Marsha Willard
- Greater St. Louis Region - Contact Marcia Lochmann or Kyle Crawford
Chapters in Process
- Seattle - Contact Chapters@sustainabilityprofessionals.org
- Australia - Contact Julian Crawford
- New Zealand - Contact Lesley Stone
- Sustainable Film/Entertainment Industry - Contact Micheline Birkhead
Want to form a local chapter in your area?
Note: ONLY Current ISSP Members may form ISSP Chapters. If you are not already a member, we invite you to join and get to know other sustainability professionals in your area before talking about starting a chapter.
We recognize the work involved in forming local chapters of a professional association. To make it easy and to allow local groups to ease into this commitment, there is a path for members to follow in creating a local chapter
- The first step is to find out who else in your area is an ISSP member. Use the Member Search feature to find other ISSP members local to you (You must be an ISSP member and logged into your account to use the Member Search feature). Generally there needs to be at least 10 ISSP members who are committed to being involved in organizing activities and attending events.
- Once you have identified the individuals who will work with you, have an initial gathering to find out what people are interested in doing for meetings and activities.
- Once you have enough local support from other ISSP members, see the material below about Informal and Formal chapters to see the specific next steps.
If there are not yet enough ISSP members in your area, consider becoming an ISSP Ambassador. The Ambassador program is a 'welcome' committee of ISSP members who reach out to new members to welcome them, answer questions, and facilitate virtual regional meetings occasionally of all ISSP members in regions where there are no current chapters currently. If you are a member of ISSP and interested in becoming an ISSP Ambassador, send an email to execdir (at) sustainabilityprofessional (dot) org for more information. Note: Only current ISSP members can be ISSP Ambassadors.
Types of Chapters
Informal chapters allow local organizers to hold events, such as meetings in Chicago, workshops in Australia, and member meet-ups in D.C., while benefiting from ISSP's experience and logistical support. In addition to the use of our name and logo, we will assist you with planning, event organizing and promotion, and registration and fee management. Informal chapter agreements are for specific, term-limited events, and are a great opportunity for you to build local energy and support. An informal chapter is the first step in establishing a formal chapter. Here is a sample of what a local chapter event agreement looks like.
Formal chapters are local legal entities operating as part of the broader ISSP organization. In addition to accessing ISSP expertise and logistical support, formal chapters benefit from enhanced stability, institutional memory, and financial tools from development of a customized charter and establishment as a 501(c)(3) organization. Once you have a strong local or regional organization and have sufficient membership, the next step will be to create a formal chapter.
Ready to get started?