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Maureen hart, gcc 2017

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Presentation at 9th Massachusetts Green Careers Conference on October 5, 2017

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Maureen hart, gcc 2017

  1. 1. Do You Have All It Takes to Be an Effective Sustainability Professional? Maureen Hart, ISSP Executive Director
  2. 2. Why certification is needed 1. Bring cohesion and definition to the emerging field of sustainability 2. Provide practitioners in the field evidence of competency, furthering their credibility, influence and career advancement opportunities 3. Provide organizations hiring employees and consultants assurance of a standard level of competency 4. Provide clear guidance and direction to educators & trainers www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org
  3. 3. What are we certifying? Sustainability Practitioner: A professional who spends more than 25% of his/her work time planning, implementing, managing and reporting sustainability efforts for organizations and communities. www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org This includes internal practitioners who may hold a title like “sustainability director” as well as the external consultants who help organizations implement sustainable practices. A true sustainability professional can go into ANY organization (public or private) to assess sustainability risks and opportunities.
  4. 4. 2010: Competency Study www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org • Nine Month Study – Survey of 385 professionals • Key Challenges: • Promoting understanding of Sustainability • Dealing with climate change and related energy needs • Gaining support of management & customers • Proving fiscal viability and getting funding • Change management • ‘Hard’ Skills Needed • Strategic Planning • Systems Thinking • Project Management • ‘Soft’ Skills Needed • Communication with stakeholders • Problem solving • Inspiring and motivating http://www.sustainabilityprofessionals. org/sustainability‐professional‐2010‐ competency‐survey‐report
  5. 5. Job Task Categories 1. Core Sustainability Concepts 2. Stakeholder Engagement 3. Plan Sustainability Strategies 4. Implement Sustainability Strategies 5. Evaluate Sustainability Efforts 6. Adjust Plans http://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/sites/default/fil es/Sust%20Practitioner%20BoK-%20Rev%203%20- %2012-10-13_0.pdf
  6. 6. www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification Two levels – both requiring on-going professional development to maintain the credential •ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) • Code of Ethics Declaration • Pass ISSP-SA Certification Exam (Topic 1 in Job Task Analysis) •ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional • Meet ISSP-SA requirement • Pass ISSP-CSP Certification Exam (Topics 2-6 in JTA) • Educational qualifications • Work experience Certification Maintenance – Renewal every two years, demonstrate continuous learning through activities such as. . .ISSP membership, educational and professional activities, work experience, publications, etc.
  7. 7. www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org Listen to the recording of the June 2015 Certification  Update Webinar for more details on the history and  background of the process 2010 Competency  Study 2013 Body of  Knowledge 2014  Board Commits 2015 Beta Launch 2016 First Cohort  Certified ISSP Professional Certification Process  Progress to Date
  8. 8. ISSP‐SAs 382 www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org 33% 31% 15% 21% YEARS OF EXPERIENCE <5 5 - 10 10 - 15 >15 5% 78% 9% 6% 2% GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION Africa (excl N. Africa) Americas Asia-Pacific Europe & Central Asia Mid East & North Africa 10% 7% 9% 18% 35% 5% 9% 7% INDUSTRY Government Non-Profit Manufacturing Education Consultant Student Services Other
  9. 9. ISSP‐CSPs 60 www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org 13% 46%9% 32% YEARS OF EXPERIENCE <5 5 - 10 10 - 15 >15 2% 78% 16% 4% GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION Africa (excl N. Africa) Americas Asia-Pacific Europe & Central Asia 4% 11% 4% 26% 35% 4% 16% INDUSTRY Government Non-Profit Manufacturing Education Consultant Student Services Other
  10. 10. Some Partners and Supporters of ISSP Certification
  11. 11. www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org Do You Have All It Takes To Be an Effective Sustainability Professional? Scenario Questions
  12. 12. www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org Do You Have All It Takes To Be an Effective Sustainability Professional? You work for an organization that is a major retailer with stores all over the globe. It is a financially successful organization but has recently been called to account for its labor practices as well as the environmental impact of some of the products it routinely carries in its stores. A major NGO has mounted a campaign to boycott the store and it is beginning to impact sales. Which of the following would be your first recommendation to this organization to remedy this situation? 1. Have the legal department send a cease and desist letter to the NGO to get them to back off of their campaign. 2. Publish a report that provides evidence of your community philanthropy and the features of those product in your product line that are sustainable. 3. Invite the NGO as well as representative consumers to a meeting to discuss their concerns and enlist their help 4. Counter the NGO campaign with one of your own that advertises the virtues of your organization, like your energy savings and supplier scorecard effort.
  13. 13. www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org Do You Have All It Takes To Be an Effective Sustainability Professional? You work for an organization that is a major retailer with stores all over the globe. It is a financially successful organization but has recently been called to account for its labor practices as well as the environmental impact of some of the products it routinely carries in its stores. A major NGO has mounted a campaign to boycott the store and it is beginning to impact sales. Describe a process or approach you would propose to this organization to remedy this situation. 1. Ask your legal department to send a cease and desist letter to the NGO to get them to back off of their campaign. 2. Publish a report that provides evidence of your community philanthropy and the features of those product in your product line that are sustainable. 3. Invite the NGO as well as representative consumers to a meeting to discuss their concerns and enlist their help 4. Counter the NGO campaign with one of your own that advertises the virtues of your organization, like your energy savings and supplier scorecard effort.
  14. 14. www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org Do You Have All It Takes To Be an Effective Sustainability Professional? You are the sustainability manager leading a team that includes an influential and vocal  critic of the sustainability plan. Which of the following is the best way to handle this  situation? 1. Continue to present information to him/her on the value of sustainability. 2. Use her/him to identify implementation barriers. 3. Ask for her/him to be removed from the team. 4. Assign him/her to a solo project.
  15. 15. www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org Do You Have All It Takes To Be an Effective Sustainability Professional? •You are the sustainability manager leading a team that includes an influential and vocal  critic of the sustainability plan. Which of the following is the best way to handle this  situation? 1. Continue to present information to him/her on the value of sustainability. 2. Use her/him to identify implementation barriers. 3. Ask for her/him to be removed from the team. 4. Assign him/her to a solo project.
  16. 16. www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org Do You Have All It Takes To Be an Effective Sustainability Professional? What scenarios can you share about challenges experienced by sustainability professionals?
  17. 17. Have questions about ISSP’s Certifications? • Check out ISSP Certification webpage – https://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/sustainability-professional-certification • Download the free Candidate Handbook – https://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/sites/default/files/ISSP%20Certification%20Candidate %20Handbook%2003-27-2017.pdf • Read the answers to Frequently Asked Questions – https://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/certification-faq • Still have questions? Send an email to Certification@sustainabilityprofessionals.org

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