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The International Society of Sustainability Professionals--Just For You

May 2, 2012

Feeling lonely?  Need company?  Check out the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), a membership of 700 like-minded professionals committed to instituting sustainable practices in their workplaces.  The ISSP was established as a non-profit association in 2008 after two years of careful planning and development.  Today, its members span five continents.

The ISSP offers many freebies for members and reasonable fees for workshops, webinars, and publications.  It offers conference and networking opportunities, discussion groups for knowledge and information exchange, and the opportunity to help build a better business model for sustainable best practices.  Also, ISSP provides professional development and career assistance, including a certificate program, on-demand learning programs, and access to job postings.  I’m sold!! 

Membership fees range from $60 for students up to $150 for practitioners.  Not ready to join but want to learn more?  Subscribe to the monthly eJournal for free

The website has much more information and I recommend you check it out, but don’t miss the more timely and newsworthy information ISSP posts on its Facebook page, including information about upcoming events and webinars around the globe.  You can follow on Twitter, too.  
I took note of one project the ISSP is heading up, called the Lexicon Project. The project aims to forge a consensus on the terminology used by sustainability professionals across various disciplines.  There’s a range of meanings and interpretations behind commonly-used terms and nomenclature.  I’ve encountered this with just the words “sustainability” and “green”.  It will be interesting to see how the project helps to advance understanding and agreement across industries and national boundaries.