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S-CORE™ Sustainability Assessment Tool Acquired by ISSP

Sustainable Measures and AXIS Performance Advisors transfer ownership of the S-CORE™ (Sustainability-Competency, Opportunity, Reporting & Evaluation) sustainability assessment tool to the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). Adding the on-line version of S-CORE™ to the repertoire of tools and resources available to ISSP members will broaden the use of this powerful sustainability assessment tool and accelerate the evolution of the database that businesses and not-for-profits can use to benchmark their sustainability efforts. To read more, click here.

Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Maureen Hart Takes Leadership Position at International Society of Sustainability Professionals

Maureen Hart has been chosen by the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) as the group's new Executive Director. To read more click here.

Fri, Feb 28, 2014
Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) Meeting

The SWRR is having a meeting at UC Davis December 6-8, 2011. There will be presentations from nonprofit, government and corporate entities on water sustainability approaches, obstacles, and best practices. Register for the event and see the agenda here.

Wed, Dec 7, 2011
Culture and Local Goverenance Releases Special Double Issue of Culture & Local Goverance

The peer-reviewed online journal 'Culture and Local Goverance' has recently released a special double issue that focuses on the relationship between sustainability and culture within policy and planning initiatives. Articles within this issue come from across the globe, focusing on communities in Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Africa. The full issue is available for download here.

Wed, Mar 16, 2011
ISSP WebChat Series

On April 19, 2011, at 11am, the International Society of Sutainability Professionals (ISSP) will be having an interactive webinar focusing on 'A Day in the Life of a Sustainability Professional.' Find out more information and register here.

Tue, Mar 15, 2011
United Nations Launches New Website Section and Publication on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

The United Nations Environmental Regional Office for North America has recently launched a new section on its website that is devoted to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). The aim of SCP is to do "more and better with less, by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the life cycle of goods and services, while increasing the quality of life for all." The new section also has a link to the document "ABC of SCP: Clarifying Concepts on Sustainable Consumption;" which lays out a 10-year framework for SCP goals and programs.

Mon, Jan 24, 2011
Sustainable Jersey Awarded Ashoka Prize

Sustainable Jersey was a winner of Asoka Changemakers' competition, Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change for their innovation in sustainability project implementation and engaging New Jersey citizens in local government policy-making. Congratulations to Randy Solomon, Kristy Ranieri and the rest of Sustainable Jersey and thanks for all the great work they do for sustainable community development.

Wed, Nov 3, 2010
EPA to Provide Technical Assistance on Sustainable Growth and Development

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen eight communities to receive technical assistance on sustainable growth and development issues. The assistance will help local governments address infrastructure constraints, protect water quality, set development standards, and create options for housing and transportation."
Find more information about the EPA's Smart Growth Assistance Program here.

Thu, Oct 21, 2010
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Announces Nearly $100 million in Grants

"HUD announced the first recipients of the Sustainable Communities and Regional Planning Grant Program. Across the US, 45 regional areas will receive part of the nearly $100 million in funding. This new program will assist State, local, and tribal governments to create and implement regional plans that integrate affordable housing, economic development, land use and transportation to build livable, sustainable communities."

You can find the complete official HUD announcement here.

Wed, Oct 20, 2010
Sustainable Measures,was founded and lead by Maureen Hart from 1993 until 2014 when she became the Executive Director of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). Although she is no longer available for private consulting, she can be reached at ISSP where she works with the ISSP staff and members in their quest to make sustainability standard practice. Her passion for sustainability indicators burns stronger than ever. She can direct you to additional resources, both on this website and through the ISSP network if you are looking for any of the following services. She encourages you to join ISSP and become involved in a global network of sustainability practitioners working to make sustainability standard practice.
  • Training – Both introductory workshops and more advanced training in such topics as general sustainability issues, indicators and performance measurement and community and organizational processes for furthering sustainability.
  • Sustainability Assessment - Sustainability Competency & Opportunity Rating & Evaluation (SCORE) Determine where your organization is on the road to sustainability and identify new opportunities and assess your organizational practices.
  • Community, Organizational and System Development – Clarify and develop goals based upon sustainability principles, review existing measurement and feedback systems, create a set of indicators appropriate to needs and resources and develop a process to encourage on-going use.
  • Evaluation – Work to analyze indicators and processes to ensure they reflect and support principles of sustainability, move the community or organization toward a more sustainable state and can be consistently used regardless of change and development.
  • Data Analysis, Reporting and Editing – Perform data analysis, edit reports and documents and create presentations discussing indicators in language that all involved can understand.
  • Practitioner Networks – Designing, developing, hosting or facilitating peer-to-peer support through practitioner networks.