The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association of sustainability professionals. We work to make sustainability standard practice through empowering professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe. As a professional association, ISSP improves the skills of sustainability practitioners through education, knowledge sharing, research, and professional credentials.
Much of the work that ISSP accomplishes is the result of member volunteers working in committees. The current ISSP committees are listed below. To volunteer on a committee, please fill out our volunteer interest form.
Board of Directors
Although not technically a committee, the ISSP Board of Directors are all committed ISSP member volunteers who donate a great deal of their time ensure ISSP’s efforts are focused on achieving ISSP’s vision. In addition to participating in Board Activities, ISSP Board Members chair the following six main ISSP Committees:
Research & Resources; and
Most other ISSP committees are subcommittees of those six. Membership on the ISSP Board of Directors is governed by the ISSP By-Laws and nominations are solicited every November. If you are interested in serving on the ISSP Board of Directors, please review the ISSP Board Handbook and respond to the yearly call for nominations when it is issued.
Engage ISSP members and sponsors in ISSP activities by increasing membership, improving member retention, supporting ISSP Chapters, and identifying ways to improve the benefits that ISSP offers to its members.
Chapter Chair Committee
This committee is composed of the chairs of the various ISSP chapters. The committee meets on a quarterly basis to share ideas and chapter best practices. Membership is only open to chairs of active chapters.
Volunteer Coordinating Committee
As ISSP is mostly a volunteer-driven organization, it is important to effectively manage the member volunteers. The purpose of this committee is to manage the volunteer program - promoting volunteer opportunities, matching interested members with available opportunities, and celebrating the contributions of the volunteers, thus ensuring the overall success of ISSP and the continuous development and growth of the sustainability profession globally. Duties of Volunteer Committee members include:
Assist with volunteer recruitment
Estimated Time Commitment - 2 hrs/month
New Member Ambassador Committee
The ISSP New Member Ambassador Program allows longer-term ISSP members to welcome new members to ISSP; help them become familiar with ISSP’s mission, resources and member benefits; and facilitate networking among new and existing ISSP members in their region, including hosting occasional virtual meetings of ISSP members in their region.
Provides timely and relevant sustainability-related education and professional development opportunities for ISSP members and others in the sustainability field. Creates globally relevant and accessible professional credentials for sustainability professionals.
Oversees the development and delivery of ISSP's educational offerings, including monthly courses.
ISSP’s Webinar Program provides high-quality content that is a key member benefit and provides ongoing professional development opportunities for members and other sustainability professionals. Duties of webinar committee members include:
- Identify topics and presenters for future webinars
- Contact presenters to confirm interest/appropriateness
- Finalize webinar content and schedule the webinars in consultation with the ISSP Education Coordinator
Responsible for overseeing the ISSP credentialing process and creating a successful certification requires that industry professionals and the educational community are aligned with and aware of the certification process.
The Certification Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of the credentials that ISSP offers. Currently there are two credential scheme: ISSP-SA (Sustainability Associate) and ISSP-CSP (Certified Sustainability Professional). The Certification Schemes describe:
- The scope, job and task description
- The competencies and abilities required to receive the certification
- The eligibility criteria, including prerequisites and a code of conduct
- The application, review, recertification, and grievance processes
Credential Maintenance Committee
The ISSP Credential Maintenance Committee is charged with overseeing the process for ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP to maintain their credentials through ongoing professional development opportunities. These professional development opportunities allow ISSP-SAs and ISSP-CSPs to stay current on the skills, knowledge, and abilities required of sustainability professionals. The committee is responsible for defining the requirements for renewing credentials including the criteria required of appropriate educational opportunities for that ISSP credential holders. Members of this committee must be ISSP credential holders.
- Estimated Time Commitment - 4 hrs/month
ISSP-CSP Application Review Committee
The ISSP-CSP Application Review Committee determines the eligibility of candidates for the ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP) credential exam. Individual committee members review applications, CVs, and references, while the committee as a whole continues to clarify and improve the rubric for ISSP-CSP eligibility. Members of this committee must be ISSP credential holders.
- Estimated Time Commitment - 1hr/application, plus occasional meetings
The Certification Test Committee manages the tests that applicants for certification must pass, which demonstrates they have a minimum level of knowledge required to practice as a Sustainability Associate, or a Certified Sustainability Professional.
Research and Resources Committee
In pursuit of our collective vision of a future where ISSP is a thriving organization making sustainability standard practice, the Research and Resources (R&R) Committee furthers ISSP’s mission by:
Building the Professional – Providing useful resources that support Sustainability Professionals’ ability to guide organizations and communities toward sustainable development.
Building the Profession – Researching and reporting on the impact of Sustainability Professionals as they guide organizations and communities toward sustainable development.
Convening Community – Engage the community of Sustainability Professionals in developing resources and performing research.
ISSP has formed the Resource Repository Sub-Committee to oversee the development of our resource repository and add to the profession’s Body of Knowledge (BOK). To ensure that useful, high-quality resources comprise this repository, the Sub-Committee has been tasked with:
- Assessing membership demand for resources (e.g. reports, templates, tools) that will support and improve their skills
- Developing an action plan for procuring content to meet membership demand
- Curating resource content to ensure materials held in repository meet high standards of quality
- Maintaining currency and quality of resources in repository
Study Guide Task Force
The ISSP Study Guide Task Force works to continually improve the content contained in a series of ISSP authored publications designed to assist credential candidates in preparing for their exams, including:
The current work of this Task Force involves minor corrections and updating of content.
Sustainability Tools Committee
The purpose of the Sustainability Tools Committee is to strengthen the quality and quantity of tools ISSP provide sustainability practitioners that support and improve their skills. We welcome volunteers who will:
- Update the posted Resource Directories from 2010 and 2011, while identifying effective sustainability planning and implementation tools, similar to S-CORE™, which we might offer through our website.
- Develop an “ambassador package” that will help small business members gain visibility, credibility, and business. Included in package will be logos, tools, collateral, and other resources to help sell their services.
Identify, guide, and support strategic opportunities to work with other sustainability-related organizations in ways that will leverage ISSP’s overall mission worldwide.
Education Partner Program
ISSP is developing an Education Partner Program for educational providers to be involved in the process. Education Partners will work to ensure the certification, initial training, and continuing education for sustainability professionals align and meet the needs of industry.
The Marketing Committee works to develop, guide and support a communication and marketing strategy that will advance ISSP’s mission by promoting awareness of ISSP among sustainability practitioners and sustainability-focused organizations around the world.