Marsha Willard will walk you through the creation of a comprehensive sustainability plan using the SPaRK (Sustainability Planning and Reporting Kit) tool that is provided as part of this course. By the end of the course you will have a draft plan that will also serve as a management tool and reporting template.

A SMS (sustainability management system) allows for systematic internal review, monitoring and corrective actions for continual improvement.

This workshop meets on-line on Wednesdays (October 8, 15, 22, 29) 2014

Management systems are the key to ongoing progress. A SMS (sustainability management system) allows for systematic internal review, monitoring and corrective actions for continual improvement.

ISSP's workshop will walk you through the creation of such a system to fit your needs.  You don't need a third-party certified ISO 14001 management system to benefit from the Plan-Do-Check-Act framework. You will learn what level of sophistication works best for you and what elements to add as your system matures. You will complete the workshop having learned practical methods to solidify and advance sustainability efforts by applying proven management system tools, practices and competencies.

This course prepares sustainability professionals at any level in the organizational hierarchy to lead an organizational change to a sustainable enterprise. It connects the dots between timeless leadership practices and how to transform an organization to a sustainability culture. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Lead the integration of sustainability into their organization, using a seven-step sustainability change process.
2. Build an effective, relevant business case to support their company’s transformation to being a sustainable enterprise.
3. Be able to apply effective change leadership practices during the sustainability change process, capitalize on change paradoxes, and avoid potential derailers of their initiatives.
4. Help others be more effective sustainability champions.

This workshop meets on-line on Mondays (November 5, 12, 19, 26) 2012 at 4:00pm Pacific Time for 60 to 90 minutes.

S-CORE™ is useful for organizations at all levels of sustainability implementation. Those just starting the sustainability journey can use S-CORE™ to begin the dialogue internally and prioritize next steps.  Organizations already committed to sustainability can use S-CORE™ as a rapid assessment of how well sustainability is being integrated into their corporate culture and practices as well as to benchmark themselves against other organizations. Sustainability leaders can use S-CORE™ to engage stakeholders as well as identify industry best practices and opportunities to collaborate to truly move sustainability forward.


Training is needed to become a S-CORE™ licensee and ISSP will begin offering classes in July, 2014.  ISSP members will receive a discount on the training fee although training is open to all sustainability professionals.

Communication is fundamental in all our lives and this all begins with a story.  In this course, participants will develop a deeper connection to the role and function of story and how this plays out in our communication of what sustainability means to each one of us, as individuals and as sustainability professionals.  This course will offer sustainability professionals the opportunity to tell a first-person digital story of sustainability.  By way of this online course, participants will learn to craft a personal story of sustainability through still images, video, personal voice over and music.  As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories will focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view on sustainability or corporate social responsibility.  Participants will be asked to use Social Media tools for iPhone, iPad or Android, including the downloading and use of photography and video editing applications.   Overall, participants will walk away with new ways to tell their sustainability story and better understand how storytelling is the conduit for social inno­vation and change.

Live Webinars scheduled Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PT.

Through a series of live and interactive webinars, exercises, and a final digital story assignment, participants in this workshop will work towards the following learning objectives:

  • Creating a first-person digital story that can be shared via Social Media
  • Develop an understanding of best practices in digital and visual  storytelling
  • Develop basic skills for telling digital stories
  • Learn key aspects to successful storytelling for sustainability
  • Understand how to authentically communicate stories that matter

The course is delivered both live online and via a weekly webinar, and through a 24/7 online 'classroom' experience. Successful completion of this course can be applied towards an elective credit towards the ISSP Sustainability Professionals Certificate.

Dr. Jeff Leinaweaver is a storyteller, eco-psychologist, teacher and change practitioner within the fields of strategic global sustainability, green leadership development, corporate social responsibility, organizational development and Permaculture design. Jeff is founder and principal of Global Zen Sustainability, a strategic sustainability consultancy. He is also the executive producer and radio host for Gaialogue Radio.

Jeff has also been engaged in a number of collaborative partnerships including with The Natural Step USA, The Center for Ethical Leadership, and as a GRI-certified trainer for the ISOS Group. 

Jeff is a graduate faculty member at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Capella University's MBA program, the University of Washington, and Fielding Graduate University’s sustainability program. 

Jeff is a fellow at the Institute for Social Innovation and a post-doctoral fellow at the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution.

Teacher: Alan AtKisson

This course will teach you the VISIS Method and introduce you to the Accelerator tools and methods. If you pass the assignments, you can receive a certificate indicating that you have been trained in the use of these tools.

Gain an understanding of the scope, challenges and possibilities in applying life cycle assessment to decision-making processes.


This is an introductory course on life cycle assessment. Participants will learn the steps involved and complete a simple life cycle assessment in a business simulation and gain an understanding of the scope, challenges and possibilities in applying life cycle assessment to decision-making processes.  Participants will also be introduced to the emerging application of LCAs to support Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) based on Product Category Rules (PCRs).

This is a great introductory course for sustainability professionals:

  • wondering if LCA would be a good field to get into
  • who may need to hire a firm to do a detailed LCA and need to know enough about the process to manage the project
  • need to understand LCA to produce Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), especially those interested in having their products eligible for LEED credit points in the building and construction industry,
  • who need an introduction to LCA before taking the 'deep dive' into the certification training.

We will not cover commercial LCA software tools such as SimaPro and GaBi and is not sufficient to pass the American Center for LCA (ACLCA), LCA Certified Professional (LCACP) exam (

Your online course experience, from pre-work to deliverable completion, is June 1 through 30.  The course is delivered online and via the Internet so you participate from your computer for both the live weekly webinars and for the 24/7 online 'classroom' experience. Successful completion of this course can be applied towards an elective credit for the ISSP Sustainability Professionals Certificate.