The International Sustainability Council

culturesandpeopleAlthough established to provide a better understanding of the implications that society has on sustainability, the International Sustainability Council (ISC) serves as the clearinghouse of research and information for ISC-Audubon to fully understand the relationships between ecological, social and economic systems for the mutual benefit of people and the environment. The ISC Council is a global network of thought-leaders that provide expertise in all facets of sustainability.  Their responsibilities include the ongoing development of The Principles of Sustainability based in part upon the findings of the United Nations and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The Council also provides philosophical oversight for all ISC-Audubon Programs including criteria, recommendations, objectives, and incentives. The ISC is responsible for administrating the criteria for the ISC-Audubon Sustainability Rating System, and ultimately at what level (using a one through five star scale) the ISC Seal of Sustainability may be awarded. The Seal of Sustainability is a recognition that not only have the steps outlined in an ISC-Audubon Program have been achieved, but also reflect based up on a scoring system how sustainable a member may be. 

The Principles of Sustainability

In recent years an academic and public discourse has led to this use of the word sustainability in reference to how long human ecological systems can be expected to be usefully productive. Observers point out that in the past, complex human societies have died out, sometimes as a result of their own growth and associated impacts on ecological support systems. The implication is that modern industrial society, which continues to grow in scale and complexity, might also collapse.

The Principles of SustainabilityView the Principles for Sustainability as outlined by the International Sustainability Council.

By adopting a Corporate Sustainability Charter, businesses and organizations are publicly affirming the adoption of the International Sustainability Council’s Principles for Sustainability, and the belief that businesses and their leadership have a direct responsibility for the sustainability of the Earth.

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In addition, activities supported by the ISC are: continuing research, education and the production educational and literary works. These actions are used as the basis for sustainable demonstration projects connected to sustainable community planning, development and management.

The ISC is organized around the Köppen Climate Classification Approach, which is based on the concept that native vegetation is the best expression of climate; thus, climate zone boundaries have been selected with vegetation distribution in mind. It combines average annual and monthly temperatures and precipitation, and the seasonality of precipitation. Through this climatic classification the ISC has identified four broad climatic zones (Tropical, Dry, Temperate, and Cold). Through strategic partnerships in these climatic zones the ISC has developed and operates from a set of principles, and will use these principles to establish an ISC Ratings System of valuing the various certification approaches now in existence and that will certainly be created in the future

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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