Submitted by International Society of Sustainability Professionals
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals, today announced continued momentum with the election of its 2018-2019 Leadership Team, results obtained from their first-of-its-kind member survey, and newly available on-demand courses.
The Leadership Team has already assumed their respective roles:
Jeff Yorzyk, ISSP-CSP, Associate Director of Sustainability at Hello Fresh (which acquired his former company, Green Chef) in Boulder, CO. Jeff is now President of ISSP; this is the second time he has been elected to the position.
Dr. Fabian Sack, ISSP-CSP, director at Sustainably Pty Ltd in Dulwich Hill, Australia, is now Vice President of ISSP.
Marsha Willard, ISSP-CSP, Principal of AXIS Performance Advisors, Portland, OR, continues in her role as Secretary of ISSP.
Lucinda Brown, ISSP-CSP, Principal Consultant at STET Sustainability Consulting, Norwich, VT, was re-elected Treasurer of ISSP.
Catherine Hurley, ISSP-CSP, Sustainability Program Manager for Argonne National Laboratory, is now Development Director of ISSP.
Rob Andrejewski, ISSP-SA, Director of Sustainability at University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, will stay active in ISSP in his new role as Past President.
ISSP’s Board of Directors has also just welcomed two new members who will be strengthening the connection with ISSP’s credentialing partner, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Sarah Alexander is the Senior Vice President of Credentialing and Certification at GBCI and will add her extensive credentialing experience to the ISSP Board. Harry Gordon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is the Vice Chair of the GBCI Board of Directors and and Chair of the GBCI Finance and Audit Committee. To view a complete Board roster, please click here.
With a focus on excellence in its tenth year of service, ISSP recently collected information from members to gauge overall satisfaction and learn what their most significant needs are. The survey revealed that members who have participated in ISSP’s Professional Development, Networking, and Credential programs rate them high, yet the organization still has a large percentage of members who have not taken advantage of such offerings. Members are also looking for more on-demand courses in order to fit professional development into busy schedules. The Leadership Team plans to leverage this insight as it sets future strategic priorities.
In its first step to address the feedback received, ISSP is adding a suite of educational opportunities. This move comes a year-and-a-half after launching two credentials for sustainability professionals. Amongst these are 21 on-demand courses. The courses will be offered individually and as themed bundles (e.g., “Introductory Skills in Sustainable Business,” “Advanced Professional Skills in Sustainable Business,” “Career Training for Landing a Job in Sustainability”), and will accompany ISSP’s existing self-study offerings. Altogether, they will serve as a robust, self-paced, online learning solution for today’s sustainability leaders.
“Last year, nearly 400 members attended an ISSP professional development webinar, 200 took an ISSP course, 300+ attended an ISSP Chapter or Regional Learning Network event, and hundreds have become ISSP Sustainability Associates (ISSP-SAs) and ISSP Certified Sustainability Professionals (ISSP-CSPs),” said Maureen Hart, ISSP-CSP, Executive Director of ISSP. “We have reached base camp, so to speak. It’s now time for ISSP to move to the next level. Be on the lookout for sustainability research not available elsewhere and other improvements from us in the coming months.”
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. https://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/selfstudy
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals is a professional association created to serve members of the sustainability profession. Our mission is three fold: