Membership Overview

Higher Education Institutions can provide vital stability and leadership in society while remaining committed to impartial research, learning, testing new ideas and measuring change and impacts. Universities have the capacity to form and leverage new and important collaborations to develop solutions to pressing issues such as climate change, urban resilience, social justice, human health, and wellbeing.

ISCN members will use their shared capacity, passion, and intellectual capital to re-envision the future and take meaningful action to contribute to sustainable development. Our enduring commitment to sustainability leadership serves to influence the regions and communities in which we work, live, and learn.

The International Sustainable Campus Network collaborates to leverage a whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts. We will model healthy, high-functioning ecological and social systems to inspire the bold action required to build resilient people and places.

Currently, 101 universities from 32 countries on 6 continents are represented in our network.

Why join?

Show your commitment – Demonstrate a commitment to whole institution sustainability.

Build your network – Connect and collaborate with campus sustainability experts from across the globe.

Sharpen your skills – Participate in member-only peer review of policies and documents, peer-exchange discussions and educational webinars.

Have your say – Connect with fellow member institutions during virtual and in-person events, such as the annual conference, to share your perspective.

Get noticed – Share your institution’s best practices and flagship programs/projects with peers via the ISCN website, newsletter and social media accounts.

Get recognized – The annual ISCN Awards offer institutions an opportunity to stand out for their best work.

Keep informed – Receive updates detailing Network activities and initiatives of fellow member institutions.


Members are required to:

    • Demonstrate a commitment to and show evidence of whole-institution sustainability in teaching/learning, research, student experience, campus operations, governance, and community outreach and engagement.
    • Sign the ISCN Sustainable Campus Charter 2018. The Charter must be signed by the president, vice-chancellor, rector or similar position of the institution. Signatories to the Charter commit to follow and support five calls to action.
    • Support the mission and ongoing activities of the ISCN by paying annual membership fees.
      • Large university (>10,000 undergraduate plus graduate students): €2,000
      • Mid-sized university (5,000-10,000 undergraduate plus graduate students): €1,500
      • Small university (<5,000 undergraduate plus graduate students): €1,000.

To make it accessible for institutions from around the world to formally participate in our global network, the ISCN has created a tiered structure for annual membership dues based on total student enrollment and status of the institution’s country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Organization of The Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).  Institutions based in countries that are neither OECD or OPEC countries will receive a 50% reduction in annual fees.

If you would like to discuss membership requirements or anything else please email us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.