Building on and complementing initiatives on the local, regional, and national level, the ISCN has created a nested hierarchy of principles as key focal points of international exchange. The ISCN approaches these issues with an integrated strategy featuring the following programs:
- ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter. Institutions may sign the charter and commit to set their own, concrete targets against shared Charter principles mentioned above, and to report transparently on their progress against those targets.
- Working Groups dedicated to each of the 3 Charter Principles, conduct research and facilitate the development of resources to support knowledge exchange.
- Conferences and Symposia are held across the globe to address the whole breadth of campus sustainability or focus more closely on particular issues of strategic relevance for campus sustainability.
- Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards are given out annually to highlight best practices and provide public recognition to campuses excelling in campus sustainability.