AASHE Involvement Helps Ensure Alignment Between Certification

And What Is Being Taught By Colleges and Universities


HARTFORD, CT (April 27, 2015) – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has announced its support of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) initiative in the creation of a Sustainability Professional Certification.


AASHE supports the development of this program through engagement of its Advisory Council who will provide feedback on the certification’s development to represent the AASHE community at-large. “This is an important endeavor that AASHE is proud to support. We look forward to reviewing the final product to evaluate the potential impact for our members and additional ways to collaborate with ISSP,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser.


"We're very pleased to have AASHE engaged as an active partner in developing the Sustainability Professional Certification Program,” said ISSP Executive Director Maureen Hart. “AASHE member colleges and universities are training tomorrow’s sustainability professionals, so AASHE’s involvement in developing the Sustainability Professional Certification helps ensure alignment of what is being taught with what will be tested for as part of the certification process. AASHE member institutions are themselves hiring sustainability employees and consultants and will directly benefit from the certification's use as a way to evaluate potential talent.”


Since the beginning of 2015, more than 60 organizations and individuals have declared their support of efforts by ISSP to launch the Sustainability Professional Certification Program.


AASHE has joined other supporters of ISSP's efforts in signing a Declaration of Support that states there is a need to:

  • provide cohesion and definition to the emerging profession of sustainability

  • provide credibility for employers and assurance of a standard level of competency of the sustainability professional

  • provide practitioners in the field evidence of competency, furthering their credibility, influence and career advancement opportunities


For more information about the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification Program, please visit bit.ly/1tHQgaa.


About the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the businesses that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives. For more information, visit www.aashe.org. Follow AASHE on Facebook and Twitter.


About ISSP

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven association committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward through building strong networks and communities of practice. Webinars, online courses, a sustainability educational certificate, sustainability professional’s body of knowledge, special reports, resource directories, salary surveys and development of a certification program for sustainability professionals are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts almost 1000 members from every region of the world. Members share resources and best practices, and develop themselves professionally.