ISC’s mission is to help communities around the world address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all.
We are in the business of unleashing the power of people to transform their communities. Our approach ensures solutions emerge from within the community, rather than being imposed from the outside. By combining technical expertise and leadership training with strategic investments in local organizations, we are sparking creative solutions and lasting change.
Since our founding in 1991 by former Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin, ISC has led transformative community-driven projects across the globe. We garnered early recognition for connecting civic participation with environmental problem solving, and over the years we have developed an approach that accelerates a community’s ability to meet challenges head on.
At ISC, we believe that sustainable communities are possible. We believe that climate change demands that communities must transform, engaging their citizens, reorienting their institutions and shifting their resources and investments. We are working to catalyze change in cities, and to advance sustainable manufacturing in developing countries – targeting critical sources of climate pollution and reducing the very real risks of growth. Our approach – the ISC Way – is an effective, authentic, and lasting way to achieve community transformation.
The Climate Leadership Academy was perhaps the most useful training event I have attended in my 24 years of public service.
Mark Vander Schaaf Director of Planning and Growth Management, Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Council