We are members of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the world’s leading professional association of sustainability practitioners. We connect, share, and learn.
The Greater New York City Chapter was founded to help professionals in our area to advance the sustainability practices in the organizations where they work / volunteer and to deepen understanding of these issues within the broader community. We are a network of professionals that share best practices, discuss regional issues, and use this as a forum for dialogue with other ISSP members across the country and globally. We look forward to face-to-face member interaction for peer knowledge sharing about the practical application of sustainability across industries as well as supporting emerging sustainability professionals. Additionally, we support regional public policy and other NGO programs through our resources and the influence of our membership.
5/16/18 Sustainability in Focus film screening: SEED: The Untold Story: Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Through beautiful cinematography, this film recounts how seed keepers are ensuring our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. With biotech chemical companies controlling the majority of our seeds, committed farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers are fighting a courageous battle to defend the future of our food. Following an expert panel discussion and Q&A, the evening closes with a festive networking reception.
4/11/18 Reduce Harmful Chemicals and Grow Your Business! For our latest Sustainability in Action event, we were excited to offer an informative cross-sector workshop, co-sponsored by ISSP-NYC and the NY Sustainable Business Council (NYSBC), in which panel experts discussed the importance of green procurement and how businesses can reduce harmful chemicals. Attendees learned about organizations, resources and tools available to help businesses to assess current chemical use, reduce toxic chemical footprints, and impact their company profiles. The discussion was followed by a networking reception.
4/25/18 The New York Sustainability Connector: ISSP-NYC co-hosted an exciting collaborative, networking event along with Be Social Change, Braceletote, Ecocult, Fair Trade Coalition, Impact Travel Alliance, and Slow Money NYC. Held at Prime Produce in Manhattan, participants were treated to delicious, sustainable snacks and beverages from socially-conscious sponsors. This unique event allowed organizations across the sustainability community to come together for idea sharing and learning. Through facilitated networking activities, it provided each organization’s members opportunities to build meaningful connections and expand their networks.
2/5/18 How the Broadway Green Alliance Is Helping Broadway Theaters Reduce Their Environmental Footprint: As our first Sustainability in Action event of 2018 , we were excited to feature a panel discussion and networking reception co-sponsored by ISSP-NYC and the Broadway Green Alliance (BGA). A panel of BGA leaders discussed how they work collaboratively with different Broadway theaters and theater professionals to implement more environmentally responsible practices and to reduce waste across all aspects of theater production, performances, and touring distribution. The panelists also touched upon the challenges that still lie ahead to green Broadway theaters and how this successful model can be replicated across other industries for improved sustainability achievement.
12/18/17 Sustainable Holiday Event: We enjoyed friendship and good conversation at our annual holiday networking event to celebrate our year of collective work in sustainability! Chapter members and guests gathered at PS Kitchen, a trendy new restaurant located in Hell's Kitchen. PS Kitchen serves delicious plant-based, sustainable food and serves the Sustainable Development Goals by donating 100% of all profits to local and global charities including Yunus, The Doe Fund, The Bowery Mission, and more.
10/18/17 Paul Bulteel: Waste Not: Our chapter held a unique Sustainability in Focus event at Anastasia Photo in partnership with Flanders House, with a cocktail reception honoring photographer Paul Bulteel and an opportunity to view his collection, Waste Not. Waste Not exhibits scenes from the extensive recycling systems working to restore materials for reuse. Since 2013, Bulteel has photographed 50 companies active in collecting, sorting, recycling and reclaiming waste across Western Europe. His work aims to document a variety of waste streams and make viewers aware of the enormous quantities of materials left behind. Waste Not illustrates and encourages efforts to recycle waste on an unprecedented scale.
We are delighted to bring together sustainability professionals to celebrate the beginning of summer. Join us at this rooftop networking event to connect with practicing and emerging sustainability professionals in the Greater New York area. We look forward to seeing you!
4/19/17 Leaders in Sustainability: Crafting Tomorrow's Luxury The Greater New York City Chapter (ISSP-NYC) presented Laurent Claquin, Head of Kering Americas, on April 19th in its Leaders In Sustainability keynote series. In partnership with the NYU Stern Center For Sustainable Business, the evening event was attended by a diverse group of established and emerging sustainability professionals as well as students, faculty and special guests of the Stern Business School. The director of the Stern Center For Sustainable Business, Tensie Whelan, was an ISSP-NYC Leaders In Sustainability keynote speaker earlier this year.
Photos: ©NYU Photo Bureau: Hollenshead
ISSP-NYC Chapter Co-Chair Trisha Bauman introduced Laurent Claquin, describing Claquin’s central role within the Kering Group’s industry leadership in the realm of social impact and environmental sustainability. Kering, the parent company of some of the most eminent global luxury, sports, and lifestyle brands, including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Puma, and Volcom, is the only luxury group to be included in the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), a place that it has held over the past three consecutive years.
Claquin presented several of the innovations enabling Kering to drive higher sustainability achievement across all of its brands. These include initiatives ranging from the development of an “Environmental Profit & Loss” accounting methodology (EP&L), which is integrated across all of the Group’s brands and supply chains, to linking CEO compensation to each brand’s sustainability performance.
The Kering EP&L is an open source accounting method that enables a company to measure in monetary value the costs and benefits of its environmental impact. This in turn allows a company to integrate its sustainability impact into its overall business strategy and financial planning. The Kering EP&L has shown the Group how environmental impacts made in one area of the business have far reaching consequences for another.
Kering’s programmatic innovations include its Clean by Design program, developed with the NRDC to improve water and energy efficiency across the Group’s textile mill suppliers, to the Kering’s Plug and Play - Fashion for Good accelerator, which aims to fast-track sustainable innovations such as developing new raw materials to reduce the apparel industry’s environmental impacts, alternative production methods to increase clothes’ longevity, and the development of new processes enabling closed-loop product lifecycles.The evening closed with a vigorous Q&A discussion, during which Claquin generously responded to questions from the NYU Stern community and the variety of sustainability professionals in the audience. The event marked the inaugural collaboration between ISSP-NYC and the NYU Stern Center For Sustainable Business.
4/3/17 Spring Networking Event at Bareburger in the West Village
NYC area sustainability professionals networked and tried the Impossible Burger, which provides an alternative for meat lovers without the associated carbon footprint.
We had a fabulous kick-off to our ISSP-NYC's Sustainability in Action series! Sustainability in Action focuses on initiatives advancing sustainability practices at the local and regional level. For this inaugural event, we were delighted to present Dani Glaser, Founder and CEO of Green Team Spirit LLC, who discussed the inspiring success story Westchester Green Business (WGB). WGB is a model program of local public/private partnership and green business engagement.
12/8/16 Holiday Networking Reception
We enjoyed fellowship and celebration of our chapter's inaugural year at our annual holiday networking party at the home of chapter founder and co-chair Mark Wolf.
10/20/16 Sustainability For Competitive Advantage: How Sustainability Delivers Short- and Long-Term Value. As part of our Leaders in Sustainability keynote series, we heard from Tensie Whelan, Director of the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business and Professor of Business and Society. Whelan shared her insights on how embedding sustainability into a company’s core business strategy is driving innovation, risk reduction, employee and supplier loyalty, positive societal impact and impressive financial results.
9/16/16 From Sustainability to Regenerative: What you can do to help humanity avoid total system collapse. As part of our Leaders in Sustainability keynote series, we featured Hunter Lovins, President of Natural Capitalism Solutions and a member of the ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame. Lovins shared her insights on our global crises, a positive view of progress made, and how each of us can craft a life of service, greater happiness and meaning by building a better world for all of humanity.
7/28/16 Sustainability In Focus Film: Ocean Frontiers II. The NYC chapter’s main summer event celebrated the launch of its film series on July 28th with an after-work screening of Green Fire Productions’ Ocean Frontiers II in Midtown Manhattan. Ocean Frontiers II is a deeply researched documentary that recounts solution-oriented stories of how New England communities are meeting the challenges of increased sea traffic, energy industry development and climate change confronting their coastal and ocean economies. Following the screening, an expert panel addressed the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan released in July. After the panel, the evening concluded with a networking reception overlooking Rockefeller Center.
6/23/16 Sustainability Certification: Is it Right For You? What Does it Mean for the Profession? with Maureen Hart, ISSP Executive Director. As part of our Leaders in Sustainability series, we were honored to have ISSP Executive Director, Maureen Hart, join us for a comprehensive session on the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification - what it is, how it works, what it will do for you, and what is required. With great audience participation, Maureen led a lively discussion on this unique certification in the broader context of the job market and this growing profession.
5/25/16 Scaling Carbon-Neutral Operations Across Global Restaurant & Retail Chains with Doug Satzman, CEO of Le Pain Quotidien, USA and Arnaud Brohé, PhD, Managing Director of CO2Logic, Inc. As part of our Leaders In Sustainability keynote series, the ISSP-Greater NYC Chapter offered a breakfast panel on May 25th, Scaling Carbon-Neutral Operations Across Global Restaurant & Retail Chains. Opened by chapter Founder and Co-Chair Mark Wolf, the event featured Doug Satzman, who was recently appointed CEO of Le Pain Quotidien, USA after a long tenure in Starbucks’ global leadership, and Arnaud Brohé, PhD, Managing Director of CO2Logic, Inc. Le Pain Quotidien, the Belgian bakery and restaurant company known best for its simple, rustic menu and focus on organic, sustainably sourced ingredients, is currently scaling carbon neutral operations across its extensive global reach.
Pictured: Trisha Bauman, ISSP Greater-NYC Co-Chair, Doug Satzman, CEO of Le Pain Quotidien USA, and Arnaud Brohé, Managing Director of CO2Logic, Inc. Photo: Fluent Imagery/Michael Brochstein
Partnering with CO2Logic, the Belgian-headquartered carbon reduction advisory that has recently launched in the U.S., LPQ has now transformed its 40+ New York restaurants to carbon-neutral operations. The company is targeting 2016 to scale this plan across its 85 U.S. restaurants and to accomplish this globally by 2020 across locations in 18 countries. During a panel discussion moderated by chapter Co-Chair Trisha Bauman, Satzman and Brohé spoke frankly about the challenges, opportunities and strategies to achieving carbon-neutral operations across diverse international markets.On June 23rd, the Greater NYC Chapter welcomed ISSP Executive Director, Maureen Hart, who led a robust group of established and emerging sustainability professionals through a comprehensive session on ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification. Hart guided the group through sample certification exam questions and critical analysis of the answers. The event ended with a highly engaged discussion on how sustainability certification impacts the individual professional, an organization, a local environmental community and the global sustainability sector. The morning session provided an opportunity to discuss industry trends, to learn more about the exam and to network with colleagues.
12/2/15 Why The World Needs Greener Products. As part of our Leaders in Sustainability series, we welcomed Al Iannuzzi, PhD, Senior Director of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability at Johnson & Johnson. He discussed a crucial next step in sustainability: the making and marketing of greener products on the global scale.
- Leads J&J’s Global Product Stewardship, Green Marketing and EARTHWARDS® greener product development process
- Developed J&J’s Healthy Planet Sustainability Goals
- Author of the acclaimed Greener Products, the Making and Marketing of Sustainable Brands (CRC Press 2011)
- Co-Founder and President, Green Sports Alliance
- Former Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Environmental Advisor to Fortune 500 companies, the Broadway Green Alliance, The Oscars and The GRAMMY Awards. Watch Allen's interview at the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit.
Chapter Leadership: The Co-chairs of ISSP’s Greater NYC Chapter are Mark Wolf and Trisha Bauman. If you have questions or suggestions on how the chapter can best serve the interests of sustainability professionals in this region, please contact us: Mark Wolf, President, LMW GROUP or Trisha Bauman, CEO and Founder, TJBauman