International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
Service Provider in Portland, Oregon
International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is a non-profit, member-driven association for professionals who are committed to making sustainability standard practice. Members share resources and best practices, and develop themselves professionally. Special reports, salary surveys, and the knowledge competency study are just a sampling of the rich content offered members. As a professional association, ISSP improves the skills of sustainability practitioners through education, knowledge sharing and research. Community - ISSP uses web technology to help you search for and connect with people who share certain interests or fit certain criteria. Search for people in your geographic area, within a specific organization, or find people who are working on specific types of projects or have certain skills. Resource Sharing - Stop reinventing the wheel! Start working together and building on expertise! The ISSP site allows members to post and evaluate content. Search for a tool, policy, case study, book or other resource and be able to see at a glance which ones were deemed most worthwhile by other professionals. Also, similar to Wikipedia, the ISSP site allows members to co-create documents or resources. We’ve started a glossary of terms but this feature could also be used to write documents with others. Advancements in the Field - Engage in discussions through topic-centered forums to get answers to difficult challenges from experienced professionals. Professional Development - ISSP provides virtual professional development. You take classes with a cohort of peers, accessing the best instructors from all over the world. Conferences - More than 200 sustainability professionals from around the world came together for ISSP Conference 2013, which was held in Chicago in May 2013. Plans are currently underway for ISSP's next conference, to be held in the fall of 2014. Career Assistance - Our web site has a special section devoted to career advancement with job postings, job descriptions, salary studies and other useful information. Professional Journal - ISSP produces an e-Journal Digest that goes out monthly to all members and interested parties. It points you toward the latest articles, book reviews, or events that have been posted on the site. Sign up for a free subscription here. Professional Standards - Many members are expressing an interest in moving toward some form of professional accreditation. ISSP hopes to be the nexus where exploration about accreditation can take place.