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A Sustainability Management System (SMS) allows for systematic internal review, monitoring and corrective actions for continual improvement.  Management systems are the key to ongoing progress and embedding best practices. An SMS (sustainability management system) allows for systematic internal review, monitoring and corrective actions for continual improvement.

ISSP's course will walk you through the creation of such a system to fit your needs.  You don't need a third-party certified ISO 14001 management system to benefit from the Plan-Do-Check-Act framework. You will learn what level of sophistication works best for you and what elements to add as your system matures. You will complete the course having learned practical methods to solidify and advance sustainability efforts by applying proven management system tools, practices and competencies:

•    Build and maintain sustainability management systems
•    Develop sustainability metrics
•    Create/maintain sustainability reporting
•    Describe continuous improvement process (CIP): Kaizen, ISO 14000, Lean Six Sigma, TQM, etc.

The course will help you answer the following questions for your own sustainability program:

How do we...
•    Go from a sustainability plan to a living sustainability system that is part of our core business?
•    Assess where we are and set priorities?
•    Review goals, projects and the program as a whole?
•    Have training, communication, and support systems in place for our program?
•    Keep the program alive if a key champion leaves?

Your online course experience, from pre-work to deliverable completion, is October 1 through 31.  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.


Dorothy Fisher Atwood has over 30 years of environmental consulting experience with the last 15 years focused management systems implementation for private and public organizations. She is a cofounder and member of ISSP.


This course meets online four times in October. Live webinars are 60-90 minutes on Mondays, October 9, 16, 23, and Tuesday, Oct. 31sh, 2017 at 4:00pm PT-US.  All live webinars are recorded and the recordings and slide decks are posted for those who are unable to attend live.

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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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October 9, 2017 4:00 PM   through   October 31, 2017 5:00 PM
General $ 70.00
Partner $ 60.00
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