ISSP Conference 2013 will be held May 8-10 in Chicago at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, located at the gateway to Chicago's Magnificent Mile. It's an opportunity for sustainability champions from all over the world to convene, network, learn and help shape the profession. The conference is designed to be a rich learning experience to help professionals accelerate the adoption of sustainability in organizations and communities. Collectively participants will provide input to professional standards development, learn from real world case studies, network with their peers and experience hands-on learning.


ISSP Conference 2013 is unique. In addition to a high quality agenda and a gathering of sustainability leaders from around the world, the program includes the inauguration of the next class of inductees into the ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame(TM), collaborative work on the ISSP signature Sustainability Lexicon Project(TM), and an interactive World Cafe that will help chart the future of the profession.


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Among the Keynoters of the Conference will be:

Bob Massie, the President and CEO of the New Economics Institute, whose mission is to build a New Economy that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet. Bob is also the former Executive Director of Ceres, and co-founder the Global Reporting Initiative. GRI has produced one of the world's most prevalent standards for sustainability reporting.


Mike Wallce, Mike Wallace, the Director of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Focal Point USA, will be speaking on Trends in sustainability reporting


Rob Dietz, co-author of Enough Is Enough, Building A Sustainable Economy In A World of Finite Resources, which lays out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of more - an economy where the goal is enough.


Conference Sessions will be packed with information of interest to sustainability professionals.

Presentations include:

  • How To Truly Integrate Sustainability, presented by Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting
  • Sustainable Urban Communities, a panel discussion including Brandon Knight, co-owner of Distributed Power and director of Green Economy Leadership Training in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Wisdom Panel with Hall of Fame Inductees: The Future of the Sustainability Profession
  • Green Guerilla Strategies: Leading Green From the Middle, presented by Jacqueline Drumheller, Environmental Affairs Manager, Alaska Airlines
  • Regenerative Development, presented by Ed Quevedo, Interim Dean of the Faculty at Presidio Graduate School
  • Sustainability in the Industrial Sector, panel led by Paul Studebaker, editor of Sustainable Plant
  • A Look At Sustainability Around the Globe, featuring a panel of sustainability professionals from around the world
  • Sustainability: View from the C Suite moderated by Bob Pojasek, Sr. Managing Scientist and Sustainability Lead at Exponent, Inc. and ISSP Board Member
  • Integrated Reporting Panel, led by Rich Goode, Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services at Ernst & Young and former ISSP Board Member
  • A Panel Discussion of Industry Collaboration and Product Stewardship
  • Green Architecture Discussion led by Brandon Lipman, Design Director, Higher Education of FGM Architects in Chicago
  • Facilitator Training by KJ McCorry, CEO of eco-efficiency and ISSP board member
  • ISSP Local Chapter Formation Workshop, led by ISSP chapter members from around the world


The conference will play host to some of these Showcase Activities:


ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame(TM). At the conference, four more pioneers in the field of sustainability will be inducted into the ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame(TM), which was established in 2011 to formally recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of sustainability and to the professionals who serve it. The 2013 honorees are: Alan AtKisson, John Elkington, Hazel Henderson and Hunter Lovins


ISSP Sustainability Lexicon Project(TM). Conference participants will come together to continue the dialogue about clarifying common sustainability terminology used across various disciplines.


Vendor Expo. Suppliers of software, educational materials and more will be on hand to showcase the latest resources being used today in the sustainability profession.


Networking Time. A structured networking activity will set-up participants for multiple casual networking opportunities including morning coffee, afternoon beverage breaks with our expo vendors and evening receptions. We purposefully ensure that conference attendees will have a chance to connect with their peers from around the globe to brainstorm and share best practices.


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