FAQs

Below are answers to frequently asked questions. If you have a question, please email it to the ISCN Secretariat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Is membership open to any institution?

ISCN membership is open to institutions that endorse the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability on campus. Membership is granted upon ISCN Board approval of a submitted application and submitted signed Charter. 

How can my university become an ISCN member?

To start the membership process, please complete the ISCN Membership Application on the ISCN website or send a copy to the ISCN Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

How much does my university have to pay in membership dues?

Annual membership dues are based on total student enrollment (undergraduate and graduate students), OECD and OPEC country status. A chart outlining on our membership dues for various institution sizes may be found here.

Can I get involved with the ISCN if my institution is not a formal member?

Yes! Please sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on events and initiatives. Additionally, you may:

  • Attend the upcoming ISCN Conference
  • Apply for an Award
  • Participate in a Working Group: Sign up on the ISCN website
  • Join us on Twitter (@ISCNSecretariat) and share updates!

Who is eligible to apply for an ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award?

Any institution may apply for an ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award. Winners are selected by a jury and receive the award at the ISCN Award Ceremony that takes place as part of our annual conference.

What is the deadline for Charter Reporting?

The ISCN encourages members to submit Charter Reports annually in April. Reports submitted at this time generally cover the previous year's sustainability performance, goals and initiatives. The ISCN Secretariat is happy to review drafts and post final reports on our website throughout the year. ISCN Charter reports may also be submitted as part of a larger sustainability report if this is the typical reporting approach for your organization.

Where can I find an example of a Charter Report?

All Charter Reports submitted by our members are available for public viewing on our website.

How often does the ISCN host conferences?

ISCN Conferences are hosted annually.

How can my institution apply to host a conference?

If your institution is interested in hosting a future ISCN Conference, please email the ISCN Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to indicate your interest.

How can I connect with other ISCN members?

One of the best ways to connect with other ISCN members is at our annual conference. Our conferences are small to facilitate one-on-one exchanges and offer ample networking opportunities. You may also join us on Twitter (@ISCNSecretariat). If you are an ISCN member, you may use our member listserv or post comments by logging into the ISCN website to the Members’ Only portal.

My regional network is very helpful, why participate in a global network?

Regional networks are important for addressing unique contexts and special membership concerns. While the ISCN does provide overlap on regional topics, we can also provide a global perspective, broad international experience, and can serve as the umbrella organization connecting regional and local networks. If your network is interested in learning more about how to be strategically involved with the ISCN, please contact the ISCN Secretariat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Membership Dues

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).  Please use the chart below to determine the annual dues for your institution:

Institution SizeAnnual Dues
Large University
(> 10,000 undergrad plus graduate students)
2,000
Mid-sized University
(> 5,000-10,000 undergrad plus graduate students)
1,500
Small University
(< 5,000 undergrad plus graduate students)
1,000
Note: Institutions based countries that are neither OECD nor OPEC countries will receive a 50% reduction on annual fees.

Enrollment Process

Enrollment in the ISCN is open to institutions that endorse the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability on campus.

There are several steps to the enrollment process:

Please complete an ISCN Membership Application and submit it to the ISCN Secretariat. All applications will be reviewed by the ISCN Board for approval.

After the Board has granted approval, the ISCN Secretariat will notify the applicant and request a copy of the  ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter signed by the president, vice-chancellor, rector, or CEO of the institution and the official institution’s logo for placement on the ISCN website.

Upon receipt of all enrollment materials, the ISCN Secretariat will send confirmation of ISCN membership including a draft press release for your institution to share the good news, and an invoice for membership dues will be generated.

Should you have any questions during the enrollment process, please contact the Secretariat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Membership Benefits

By signing the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter, endorsing organizations receive benefits including:

  • Recognition as a leader in campus sustainability through listing as an ISCN Member on our website and contribution to the global sustainability dialogue
  • Distribution of your institution's Charter reports and other campus sustainability news to peers via this website
  • Featured internationally in annual GULF reports on Charter endorsements made available at the World Economic Forum
  • Participation in cutting-edge campus sustainability research and collaborations through working groups
  • Opportunities to plan and orchestrate sessions of ISCN conferences and symposia
  • Discounts on conference and symposia registration fees

For additional information about our global network, download the ISCN brochure.

Membership Overview

Organizations endorsing the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter are referred to as ISCN Members. Each member commits to setting their own concrete targets against three shared Charter principles, and to report transparently and regularly on their progress against those targets.

Currently, more than 80 universities from more than 30 countries on 6 continents are represented in our network as ISCN member universities. The ISCN membership includes most of the members of the World Economic Forum's GULF (Global University Leaders Forum) group, with which the ISCN collaborated to develop the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter.

Requirements

The ISCN has established the following requirements to ensure the full strategic commitment of organizations that want to support the ISCN-GULF Charter:

  • The Charter must be signed by the president, vice-chancellor, rector, or CEO of the institution.
  • A commitment to produce short Charter Reports annually to facilitate knowledge-exchange and transparency among the ISCN community and with the broader public
  • Pay an annual Charter membership fee of Euro 2,000 (with discounts for smaller universities and those in developing countries available and special rates applicable to corporate members) that contributes to the operational costs of the ISCN-Secretariat and its ISCN-GULF Charter program.