Strategic Partnerships

As highlighted by the UN SDGs (Goal #17), building partnerships to achieve goals is critical to successfully driving sustainability. ISSP regularly joins with strategic partners to extend our reach and impact; by doing so, we are not only speeding up the adaptation of our programming and services, but avoid duplicative efforts.

USGBC - ISSP began working with the Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI) in 2017, partnering to bring our credentials to the next level by leveraging our respective networks to raise awareness and use of sustainability best practices; and providing access to education and training to improve the skills of sustainability professionals.


ACCO - In preparation for the Global Congress, ISSP has formed a partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), to extend the reach of both organizations. Together we are working to galvanize our members and a broader group of climate change and sustainability professionals to become more productive in advancing the stature, seniority, capacity and earning potential of their occupations.


In addition, we partner with the following organizations in a variety of ways—providing reciprocal discounts for members of our respective organizations. Members of ISSP’s Strategic Partners receive discounts on our credentialing and professional development programs.

Other Strategic Partners

We are always interested in connecting with like-minded organizations! If you are interested in partnering with ISSP, please contact us at!


Educational Partners

ISSP has a growing list of ISSP Education Partners that offer high-quality educational and training opportunities for sustainability professionals. These institutions help us ensure that professionals, at all levels, have the skills, knowledge, and abilities to make sustainability standard practice.

We are always looking to recognize institutions, around the globe for the work they do, so please JOIN US!



The program has three main goals:

  • Identify organizations that provide superior education to sustainability professionals and ensure that they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to address the sustainability challenges currently being faced by the world;

  • Provide guidance to organizations offering sustainability education on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by sustainability professionals; and

  • Provide guidance to current and aspiring sustainability professionals on opportunities for high-quality sustainability education and professional development opportunities.

(See our Program Policy, for full details.)


The program has a yearly membership fee of $750, with a discounted rate of $550 for nonprofit and public institutions, plus a one-time nonrefundable application fee of $250.


ISSP Education Partners receive a host of benefits, including:

  • Access to ISSP intellectual property and educational resources;

  • Recognition as a qualified ISSP Education Partner on the ISSP website;

  • Publicity in ISSP promotional material and through ISSP social media outlets;

  • Promotion of programs and courses on the ISSP website and through ISSP mailings;

  • Use of an ISSP Education Partner logo and other marketing materials to attract students;

  • Discounted rates on ads in the ISSP Newsletter and on the ISSP website; and

  • Up to 2 free ISSP individual memberships for faculty/staff as well as discounted rates on additional memberships for faculty/staff and students

How to Apply

Review the ISSP Education Partner Program Policy and the ISSP Education Partner Program Application to ensure your organization meets the criteria, which include:

  1. A mission that aligns with that of ISSP

    • Following the ISSP Code of Ethical Practice and Values

    • A history of high quality sustainability-related educational offerings, instructors, and course developers

    • Accreditation by a recognized accrediting body

  2. Register and pay the $250 application fee. The application fee covers the cost of reviewing the application and is nonrefundable.

  3. Fill out the ISSP Education Partner Application and submit it with all required materials to

  4. The application will be reviewed by a volunteer committee of sustainability education and training experts. It can take up to two weeks to review and approve your application.

  5. Once accepted, you will be directed to the Education Partner annual membership fee payment page.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Education Partner Directory

Our Education Partner program recognizes organizations that provide the highest quality sustainability training and education. We recommend their offerings to current and aspiring sustainability professionals looking to improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities.