Two organizations to improve capacity of sustainability professionals and cross-market their existing credentials

HARTFORD, Conn. -- (January 10, 2018) – The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the world’s leading association for sustainability professionals, is looking forward to the New Year and putting their partnership with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) into action. The two organizations will work to improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of sustainability professionals everywhere, and cross-market their existing credentials. GBCI administers credentials such as the LEED AP and ISSP offers two levels of credentials for sustainability professionals. The ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) credential is for individuals new to sustainability or working in an allied field, such as purchasing or human resources, while the ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP) credential is geared toward individuals with five or more years of experience working directly in sustainability.

Top collaborations in 2018 will include: Leveraging their respective networks to raise awareness and use of sustainability best practices; and providing access to education and training to improve the skills of sustainability professionals. For example, ISSP recently designed a survey to capture such practitioners’ experiences with navigating the abundance of green business certifications. Their brief survey may be accessed here and results will be available on the ISSP website sometime before mid-year.

“As we continue to work toward a more sustainable world, we must ensure that professionals across all industries are armed with the knowledge and skills to help businesses enhance environmental performance and improve human health,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, GBCI and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “Market transformation is about people, and through programs like those of ISSP, we are supporting the individuals who are driving change within their organizations and across many industries.”

“We couldn’t be happier about joining forces with GBCI,” said Maureen Hart, executive director, ISSP. “They’re such an accomplished and well-respected organization, and our missions dovetail perfectly. By working together we can reach more professionals to ensure they have the skills, abilities, and resources needed to transform global business practices.

About The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world’s leading professional association for sustainability professionals.  ISSP is a member-driven organization, committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward by building strong networks and communities of practice and defining professional excellence with internationally-recognized credentials for sustainability professionals.  Webinars, online courses, regional networking meetings and chapters, a sustainability professional body of knowledge, special reports, and resource directories are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts over 1,000 members from every region of the world.

About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.