Our Nation's Capital sits at the intersection of world-renowned academia, dynamic international development, and government relations at the highest levels. The Greater Washington DC Chapter of the ISSP takes advantage of this confluence of knowledge and experience by engaging the myriad sustainability professionals in a variety of educational and professional development programs and activities.

Virginia, Maryland, and DC professionals are welcomed and encouraged to join our LinkedIn group to stay abreast of the Chapter's development and contribute to its growth. There are no Chapter fees or separate Chapter membership dues required to receive Chapter benefits. All current ISSP members with a VA/MD/DC address are immediately eligible. We hope you'll join us and help us create a vibrant Chapter dedicated to advancing our field in the region.

If you have questions, please contact one of the members of the Chapter's steering commitee, which includes Aurora ReinkeMark Frieden, Agusti­n Cruz, and Daniel Pedersen.

Prior Events 

On May 20th, ISSP DC Chapter held an event at a newly certified Living Building Challenge facility at the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF). Our goal was an experiential event that enables participants to have hands-on interaction with sustainability projects. We kicked off with an in-depth tour of the building where those involved in its design, construction, and operations showed us behind the scenes and shared details of building elements that were particularly fascinating or problematic. You can experience some of it for yourself by checking out AFF’s online building management dashboard and a live webcam feed and photos of the building construction.

We heard from a panel of experts on green and living buildings. After the panel, we were treated to a tour of the scenic AFF grounds and farm. The panel of experts on green and living building standards, benefits, and challenges, included:

  • Lori Arguelles, Alice Ferguson Foundation Executive Director
  • Sandy Wiggins, Principal of Consilience, LLC, a consultancy with a mission to foster environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable communities

  • Merrell Ashley, Principal & Director of Sustainability, rand* construction corporation (who oversaw the AFF project)

  • Molly Simpson, Program Analyst, Green Affordable Housing, DC Department of Energy & Environment

  • Panel discussion moderated by Daniel Pedersen, PhD, VP of Science & Standards, Green Seal and member of the DC Chapter Steering Committee

You can learn more about the Living Building Challenge at AFF and our event here.