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Walk through the steps of creating a comprehensive sustainability plan: from justification for your sustainability efforts, through impacts assessment and determination of measures. The resulting plan also sets you up for reliable and pain free reporting. At the end of the course you will have a “draft” plan and experience applying each of the key steps of the process. As part of the class you will be provided a trial version of the SPaRK tool which is an Excel based file that includes the worksheets and data entry tables for recording your key planning decisions. It also includes a template for recording the results of your sustainability efforts.

Designed for a more interactive experience, all four webinars are prerecorded yet the live webinar meeting times are organized as a learning lab for participants to ask questions directly to the instructor. 


  • Articulate the strategic business case for pursuing sustainability
  • Use accepted frameworks for crafting your personal vision of sustainability
  • Conduct an impacts assessment to identify important areas to manage
  • Develop metrics and a sustainability report template
  • Building a long-term plan with targets and projects
  • Identify necessary support systems to manage your sustainability program


  • Articulate a business case for sustainability
  • Demonstrate strategic thinking and planning
  • Build and maintain sustainability management systems
  • Create/maintain sustainability reporting
  • Describe continuous improvement (CIP)

COURSE TEXT allow enough time to pre-order this book and to do the pre-work: The Step by Step Guide to Sustainability Planning (not included in registration fee)

The course is delivered online and via the Internet so you participate from your computer for both the live weekly webinars and for the 24/7 online 'classroom' experience.


"Everything is going well! I've just talked our Chief Academic Officer into starting a major sustainability project using my sustainability plan from Marsha's class!!!! We are steering the ship in the right direction :)"


Marsha Willard, Ph.D. is principal of AXIS, a consulting firm founded in 1990. Marsha applies her management consulting, training and facilitation skills to help organizations find responsible solutions that meet all stakeholder needs: owners, customers, employees, the community and the environment. AXIS is recognized for its expertise in the implementation of sustainability. Marsha has co-authored six popular business books including, The Business Guide to Sustainability and A Step by Step Guide to Sustainability Planning.  She is a member of the faculty for Presidio Graduate School where she teaches sustainability in business as part of the first year of the MBA program. Marsha is co-founder and former Executive Director of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a professional association serving the practitioners in the fast growing sustainability arena.


This course meets online four times in September with access to the course website beginning September 4th. Live webinars are Tuesdays, September 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2017 at 10:00am PT-US.

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  • ISSP Member: $40
  • ISSP Partner: $60*
  • Non-Member: $70

Successful completion of all course requirements will earn a passing grade and an individualized Certificate of Completion, along with 2 Continuing Education Units for ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP credential holders.

*Registrants who are not ISSP members but hold current memberships in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE); Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating (STAR) Communities; the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN); or the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) may register using the ISSP Partner rate. You must use your institutional email address when registering in order to receive the discount.

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September 5, 2017 10:00 AM   through   September 26, 2017 11:00 PM
General $ 70.00
Partner $ 60.00
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