ISSP's Courses are offered in a blended, live-online model featuring real-time interactions over the Internet and access to online forums, readings, and assignments.  Most of our courses are take place over 4 weeks and are available in a Credit/Audit model, meaning that you have the option to complete assignments and quizzes, receive grades and personalized instructor feedback, and earn a Certificate of Course Completion (that's the Credit option); or just attend the live sessions and access our instructors' expert knowledge and experience without the time commitment of graded assignments (that's the Audit option).  We are also developing a growing catalog of self-study courses (such as Sustainability 101 and How to Get a Job in Sustainability) and Master Classes in subjects like S-CORETM and Storytelling for Sustainability.

ISSP members earn significant discounts on course enrollments, including the option to audit most of our courses for only $30!  

Here are a few reasons sustainability professionals should enroll in ISSP courses:

Better for the Environment:
  • You don't travel so you don't have the associated greenhouse gases;
  • Most materials are electronic so we're not printing out lots of handouts
Better for your Budget:
  • You save all the travel time and expenses;
  • ISSP's eLearning courses are very affordable because we don't have to provide a classroom or fly in instructors
  • ISSP members receive significant discounts on registration rates
Better for You:
  • You have access to the best experts in the business, no matter where you or they are located in the world;
  • You can absorb the information over a month and return to the ISSP forums with real-world questions;
  • You have access to the instructor and co-learners for a month;
  • Enrollment is capped in order to maintain low student-faculty ratios and maximize individual attention from the instructors.

Featured Course: Self-Study Sustainability ROI Workbook

Crafted by expert corporate sustainability strategist, Bob Willard, the Sustainability ROI Workbook is a new, free, open-source, downloadable set of Excel spreadsheets. They frame a comprehensive and compelling cost-benefit analysis for any sustainability-related proposal. This self-guided workshop, based on a live-online event from September 2017, orients users to the need for a better business case tool and prepares them to use the 2nd Edition of the Workbook to build a business case for sustainability initiatives that a CFO will love, and more. 

The 2nd Edition of the Workbook includes significant enhancements, such as: one comprehensive business case framework for any kind of sustainability initiative; elements that tell CFOs what they need to know about a project that they are being asked to fund; explicit inclusion of ESG goals within the “Do the right thing” justification; and a succinct Project Appraisal Tool that helps CFOs do a holistic weighted-criteria analysis of one project or several. The webinar will explain how to use these new features.

The workshop is $45 for non-members or $15 for members. Sign up today!

ISSP 2018 Course List

Our 2017 calendar is filling up! Register for courses on our Calendar of Events

Learning Event Title Date Instructor
Stakeholder Engagement Strategies 2018: Community Engagement Feb 2018 Kathryn Cooper
Stakeholder Engagement Strategies 2018: Employee Engagement Mar 2018 Wendy Firlotte
Tools for Sustainability Transformation April 2018 Alan AtKisson
Assessing Organizational Sustainability May 2018 Darcy Hitchcock
Life Cycle Assessment 101 June 2018 Jeff Yorzyk
Sustainability ROI Workbook - 3rd Edition July 2018 Bob Willard
SPaRK Sustainability Planning and Reporting Kit Sep 2018 Marsha Willard
Sustainability Management Systems Oct 2018 Dorothy Atwood
Leadership Skills for Change Agents Nov 2018 Bob Willard
Sustainability 101 Self-Study Darcy Hitchcock
Sustainability ROI Workbook Self-Study Self-Study Bob Willard
How to Get a Job in Sustainability Self-Study ISSP & SBC
S-CORE(TM) Self-Study Self-Study Darcy Hitchcock
S-CORE(TM) Master Class Master Class Darcy Hitchcock & Maureen Hart


Access to Online Materials

ISSP courses feature a combinations of live-online sessions and online readings, quizzes, assignments, and discussions hosted on the ISSP Learning Center. For live courses, course materials, including recordings of the live-online sessions, will be available to course registrants for 3 months from the date of the first live session.  Attendance in live-online sessions is recommended but never required.

For self-study courses, all materials will recaim available to course registrants for 6 months from the course enrollment date.

Partner Discounts

Members of ISSP partner organizations - including the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE); Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS); Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating (STAR) Communities; the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN); and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) are can register at the discounted ISSP Partner rate listed on select course registration pages.

Continuing Education Units and Certificates of Course Completion

Course participants who complete the 'credit' requirements for live-online courses will earn a Certificate of Course Completion and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP credential holders.  Credit requirements and CEU values vary by course; see each course page or contact us at for details.

Refunds for event cancellations

If you cancel a month or more before a course begins, we will refund 100% of your payment less any Paypal fees; 22-30 days out the refund is 75% of your payment; 15-21 days 50%; 7-14 days 25%. Cancellation with less than a week's notice results in no refund. A transfer from one course to another is handled the same as cancellation.