Two Workshops: Zero Waste and Sustainability Management Systems Announced As Topics of October Webinars by International Society of Sustainability Professionals

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A comparison of major waste trends in the current system and techniques for effectively putting a sustainability management system (SMS) in place will be explored in two separate four-week Webinar workshops to be offered by ISSP, the world's leading professional association for sustainability practitioners.

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These on-line courses provide access to a network of experts, plus the latest tools and methods in the emerging field of sustainability.

The whole waste issue has evolved significantly in the last several years. Concepts like product stewardship, waste-to-energy and redefining waste as a value proposition are just some of the emerging concepts that will be explored this October in an ISSP Workshop entitled Zero Waste Strategies. Another ISSP workshop to be offered next month will teach participants how they can maintain their organization's sustainability efforts and move their ad hoc projects to an integrated program with a Sustainability Management System.

The Zero Waste workshop will be taught by Wayne Rifer, an expert in solid waste management, zero waste, and product stewardship at the Zero Waste Alliance. Wayne works chiefly with public agencies such as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Green Permit Program to find innovative intersections between regulation and sustainability. The Zero Waste Alliance is a national leader providing assistance to industry sectors and organizations for development and implementation of standards, tools and practices that lead to a more sustainable future through the reduction and elimination of waste and toxics.

In the Zero Waste workshop, students will have a chance to survey the evolution of the whole waste issue and will gain an understanding of the major trends in the current system. They will have a chance to explore a new set of initiatives that can challenge basic mental models of current thinking, and discover the best strategies for sustainability going forward.

Dorothy Fisher Atwood will teach the other ISSP workshop to be offered in October, entitled Sustaining Sustainability. Dorothy has more than 25 years of environmental consulting experience, with the last ten years focused on management systems implementation for private and public organizations. She is an independent consultant. Currently she is working with the US Department of Energy on implementation of energy management systems. Her work includes development of implementation tools and procedures, training, and sustainability, energy, and environmental management system (including ISO 14001) integration into core business systems.

The Sustainability Management System workshop will inform participants about how to institute a sustainability management system (SMS) that allows for internal review, monitoring and corrective actions for continual improvement using the Plan-Do-Check-Act framework. Topics to be covered include how to assess where an organization is in the process of establishing an SMS, how to set priorities, forming an internal team, ways to launch training, communication, and support systems, and, how to move from a sustainability plan to a living sustainability system that is part of the organization's core business.

Both workshops are open to anyone interested in these topics. The SMS workshop is a core requirement of the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certificate program, while the Zero Waste workshop can serve as an elective to meet the requirements of the program. The ISSP Sustainability Professional Certificate program is designed for current and aspiring sustainability professionals who seek access to a network of sustainability experts, the latest tools and methods and a valuable credential once completed.
Dates and Costs

The Zero Waste workshop will meet on-line for live webinars Mondays (October 3, 10, 17, and 31) at 12:00 PM Pacific Time-USA for 60-90 minutes with 24/7 virtual access to a class discussion forum, readings and assignments at the ISSP Learning Center. For more information and to register, click here.

The SMS Workshop will meet on-line for live webinars Mondays (October 3, 10, 17, 24) at 10:00 AM Pacific Time-USA for 60-90 minutes with 24/7 virtual access to a discussion forum, readings and assignments at the ISSP Learning Center. For more information and to register, click here.

The cost for each workshop is $450 with Special Discounts: $75 off always for ISSP members and $50 off with Early Bird Discount before September 26, 2011.

About ISSP
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven association committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward through building strong networks and communities of practice. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts more than 500 members from every continent in the world. Members share resources and best practices, and professional development. Webinars, Webchats, on-line classes, special reports, resource directories, salary surveys, and a professional competency study are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. For more information about ISSP, its offerings and the upcoming ISSP Conference 2011, to be held September 21-23 in Portland, Oregon, please visit http://sustainabilityprofessionals.org.

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