ISSP and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability Announce Strategic Partnership

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Agreement Between International Society of Sustainability Professionals and ACTS Built On Common Interest In Advancing Progress Towards Sustainable Development

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This exciting new partnership strengthens the global community working for transformation towards sustainability.

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) announced a partnership today that will advance their shared values and goal of working toward a future where society thrives within the limits of natural systems, and contributes effectively to their regeneration.

The agreement will serve as the basis for a working relationship which will make it easier and more affordable for ISSP and ACTS members to gain access to the other organization’s benefits and offers. ISSP will also participate in the ACTS Annual Conference, to be held November 1 - 3 at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

ISSP is the leading global professional association of sustainability practitioners and has developed a robust certification process that provides a benchmark, credibility and a standardized credential for sustainability professionals across the globe. ACTS is an association of 41 universities and vocational education institutions with additional members from various corporate and business members across Australia and New Zealand.

“This exciting new partnership strengthens the global community working for transformation towards sustainability,” says Dr. Fabian Sack, ISSP-CSP, ISSP Board Member and director of Sustainably Pty Ltd in Dulwich Hill, Australia. “The partnership coordinates robust, internationally recognised certification with the extensive capacity building expertise of the Trans-Tasman higher education sector.”

“This partnership is a natural extension of the growing links between sustainability-focused organisations across the world and will assist in highlighting the wide range of sustainability expertise and efforts within the Australasian tertiary education sector,” says Corey Peterson, MSES / MPA / ISSP-SA, Sustainability Manager, University of Tasmania, and Vice President – Resources for ACTS. “The added bonus of providing access to and promotion of ISSP credentialing and resources for our members will help empower those making change towards sustainability possible in our region of the world.”

ISSP and ACTS will provide these benefits to their members as elements of the partnership are put in place:
●    ACTS will become an Organizational Member of ISSP, joining more than a dozen other corporations and non-profits who have made a visible commitment to advancing global sustainability.
●    ISSP will join ACTS as an Affiliate Member, a member category that represents sustainability professionals and sector support organizations.
●    Discounts on ISSP courses and certification exams for faculty, staff and students of ACTS institutional members.
●    Discount on ACTS courses and professional development offerings for ISSP members.
●    Awarding of ISSP Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from participating in qualifying ACTS-run/provided courses and professional development offerings.
●    Exploration of coordination or collaboration of professional development from each organization.

About ISSP
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven organization committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward by leading the design and delivery of the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certifications, and by building strong networks and communities of practice. Webinars, online courses, sustainability professional’s body of knowledge, special reports, and resource directories are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. Formed in 2007, ISSP has more than 1000 members from every region of the world. For more information about ISSP, please visit http://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org.

About ACTS
Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) is a non-profit member based organization representing higher and further education institutions throughout Australia, New Zealand and surrounding region. ACTS aims to inspire, promote and support change towards best practice sustainability within the operations, curriculum and research of the Australasian tertiary education sector. ACTS does this by providing resources, knowledge, developmental and networking opportunities for members and by critically challenging and supporting collaboration with stakeholders to lead sustainability innovation in the sector. For more information about ACTS, please visit http://www.acts.asn.au/.

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