Sustainability Excellence Credentials Press Kit

The Sustainability Excellence Associate (SEA) and Sustainability Excellence Professional (SEP) credentials recognize individuals dedicated to making the world a more sustainable place – economically, socially and environmentally. Credential holders help organizations and communities of all types integrate sustainability best practice throughout business operations.

GBCI awards SEA and SEP credentials to individuals who demonstrate competency in the field of sustainability, recognizing individuals who have the skills to foster innovation, transform culture and lead sustainability initiatives for organizations and communities throughout the world.

The SEA and SEP credentials were originally developed by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) through years of research by hundreds of sustainability professionals and organizations to define the core competencies required to be effective in the field and provide formal recognition of knowledge, skills and abilities. GBCI is now responsible for administering and delivering the credentials, which are designed for sustainability professionals, including those who might not have a sustainability-related job title, in every industry and region. SEA and SEP credential holders work in 37 countries around the world.

Two Credentials for Sustainability Professionals of All Levels

Sustainability Excellence training and credentials pave the way for a healthier, more resilient, prosperous future for all.

  • Recent graduates
  • Workers changing fields
  • Unemployed and seeking new opportunities
  • Longtime professionals in changing industries

Sustainability Excellence Associate

Who: Those who are new to or are interested in entering the sustainability field, including students, recent graduates and/or early career professionals

What: SEA credential holders demonstrate an understanding of core sustainability concepts

Sustainability Excellence Professional

Who: Leaders and experts who are at the forefront of the transition to a more sustainable world

What: SEP credential holders demonstrate advanced knowledge and extensive experience in the sustainability field, including mastery of several key fields including core sustainability concepts as well as stakeholder engagement, planning and implementing sustainability strategies, evaluating efforts and adjusting sustainability plans

Supporting Diversity in Sustainability

Social equity is a core pillar of GBCI, and we recognize that people from less privileged background face inequalities in access to career-altering opportunities like the Sustainability Excellence credentials.

Since December 2020, GBCI has provided funding for 100 individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to earn SEA or SEP credentials free of charge.

The problems facing the sustainability industry are great, and GBCI knows that we will only succeed if people from all backgrounds and walks of life are able to bring their experiences and knowledge to the table.

SEA and SEP-Holders are Changing the World

Credential holders help organizations and communities of all types integrate sustainability best practice throughout business operations after earning their credential by demonstrating that they:

  • Understand and can communicate sustainability topics to diverse audiences;
  • Are abreast of the most current sustainability issues, tools and techniques;
  • Are able to apply systems thinking in developing sustainability solutions and assess sustainability risks and opportunities in any organization, community or industry; and
  • Are involved in planning, implementing and evaluating the integration of sustainability into organizational culture and practice.

“There are many credentials in the marketplace, but nothing quite like the Sustainability Excellence credentials. They identify you as a person able and willing to competently work and apply sustainability knowledge across a broad spectrum of topics and situations.

As sustainability professionals, we sometimes find ourselves in a space that others do not understand or believe in–not in the way we do. We have an obligation to build the profession as we bake-in sustainability considerations to the ways our world works.”

Stacey Baumgarn

Stacey Baumgarn,
SEP Campus Energy Coordinator, Colorado State University