Wide Spectrum of Sustainability Topics to Be Explored


HARTFORD, CT (June 30, 2014) – An outstanding group of world renowned and regional experts will present on a variety of topics covering the hottest sustainability issues at ISSP Conference 2014, November 12-14, 2014 at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel in Denver, Colorado.


Presented by The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the conference will feature an exciting set of pre-conference activities, prominent keynote speakers, stellar plenary sessions, induction of a new group of industry leaders into the ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame ™, an impressive exhibit pavilion, and lots of networking among peers. ISSP is anticipating record attendance of more than 400 sustainability professionals from around the world.


Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to an information rich selection of expert panel presentations, break-out sessions, plenaries, keynote presentations and workshops. Confirmed keynote speakers include:


  • Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor of GreenBiz Group Inc. Joel is an award-winning author and a leading voice on the intersection of sustainable business, clean technology and innovation. He hosts GreenBiz.com’s annual GreenBiz Forum as well as the VERGE conferences produced around the world by his company, and is author of the annual “State of Green Business” report.


  • Andrew Mangan, Executive Director, United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD). Andrew is co-founder of the USBCSD, a non-profit association of businesses launched in 2002 whose purpose is to create and deliver value driven sustainable development projects in the United States.


ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame

A highlight of the conference will be the induction of four new honorees into the ISSP Sustainability Hall of FameTM 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. As in past years, names of nominees were submitted by ISSP members and, after thorough review, the current class was selected by the ISSP Board of Directors. They are:


  • Susan Burns, CEO of Global Footprint Network. Over the last decade Susan has built Global Footprint Network into one of the leading and most respected scientific organizations in the world addressing global ecological limits.


  • Jeffrey Hollender, Founder and CEO of Hollender Sustainable Brands. Hollender Sustainable Brands has developed and markets Sustain condoms, the first US brand of condoms that is certified to be fairtrade, free of chemicals of concern and sustainably produced.


  • Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor of GreenBiz Group Inc. Joel is an award-winning author and a leading voice on the intersection of sustainable business, clean technology and innovation.


  • Mathis Wackernagel, Co-Creator of the Ecological Footprint and President of Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think-tank. Global Footprint Network focuses on bringing about a sustainable human economy in which all can live well within the means of one planet.


These four sustainability leaders will join the current members of the ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame. For a listing of all members of the ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame, please click here.


Sessions throughout the two days of the conference in Denver will feature experts exploring hot topics in sustainability from a variety of perspectives. Some of our program topics include:

  • Assessment Tools

  • Employee Engagement Best Practices

  • Life Cycle Assessment Process

  • Measuring Sustainability

  • Reporting and Auditing Trends

  • Sustainable Procurement

  • Sustainable Innovation

  • Waste Challenges


Some highlighted conference sessions include:


  • Water Panel Plenary Session. This session will be led by Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy of Deloitte Consulting, and a board member of the Rainforest Alliance. Will will lead a panel discussion that will include an overview of water scarcity and quality issues, why water risks are potential business risks, and a case study of how a company developed a global water strategy and standards.

  • Wisdom Panel. A moderated discussion with new and past ISSP Sustainability Hall of Famers will be a featured event of the program.

Sessions throughout the two days will feature experts exploring sustainability from a variety of perspectives. Presenters include:


  • Hunter Lovins, President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions

  • Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Denver

  • Christine Bader, Author of Evolution of a Corporate Idealist

  • Bob Willard, Principal of Sustainability Advantage

  • Dan Kreeger, Executive Director of Association of Climate Change Officers

  • Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, United States Postal Service

  • Jane Okun Bomba, Vice President of Sustainability, IHS


For a look at the complete line-up of conference presenters, please visit https://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/issp-conference-2014-program.


At a vendor expo during both days of the conference, suppliers of software, educational materials and more will be on hand to showcase the latest tools and course offerings being used today in the sustainability profession. Over morning coffee and at evening receptions, conference attendees will have a chance to connect with their peers from around the globe to brainstorm and share best practices.


Pre-Conference Activities

In addition to the great line-up of conference topics and content, ISSP and its Denver member host committee have arranged a variety of exciting activities for those registrants who choose to arrive in Denver a day early, including:


  • A Green Tour of Denver: Join other conference participants on a tour of downtown Denver's green buildings and sustainability projects.

  • ISSP Certificate Workshop: Experience one of ISSP's acclaimed professional certificate courses in a special one-day, face-to-face format. Axel Klimek of the ISIS Academy will teach a Master Class on Organizational Change.

  • Consultant's Cohort: Join other sustainability professionals in the third run of this popular six-month program designed to help consultants launch their practices or hone their skills. Leading the cohort again this year will be Jennifer Woofter, founder and president of Strategic Sustainability Consulting.

  • Pre-Conference Meet & Greet: Renew acquaintances with old friends and make some new ones at an informal reception for attendees on Wednesday evening. Join us from 6–9 pm for a no-host gathering at Katie Mullen's Irish Restaurant and Pub, conveniently located in the same building as the Sheraton.

For more information about these pre-conference activities, please visit http://bit.ly/1qq5ZwG.


Conference sponsorships are available, presenting a tremendous opportunity to support the mission of making sustainability standard practice while enjoying a rare chance to reach and connect with an impressive audience of sustainability professionals from around the world. Sponsors and exhibitors confirmed to date include Cisco, Everblue, IHS, Jigsaw Fund and Xcel Energy. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please visit http://bit.ly/1lwAAH6.


Early bird conference registration discounts are available through October 12. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/1lQ3IYP.