Networking & Inclusion - The NSS will serve as an organizational structure to support and sustain interactions within a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral community. The culture of the organization, based on our stated values, will aim toward an inclusive and supportive community structure.

Research - The NSS will serve as a forum for sharing, evaluating, and disseminating fundamental and applied research in sustainability science, through professional meetings, research publications, and other organized activities that advance knowledge in the field.

Education - The NSS will facilitate a coordinated national strategy to develop educational standards and advance the professionalization of the field.

Information Sharing - The NSS will mobilize resources and collective action to facilitate exchanges of sustainability practices and experiences through a variety of mechanisms, including case studies, dissemination of effective practices, professional development events, and online platforms for sharing.

Capacity Development - The NSS will facilitate building capacity to collaborate, integrate and elevate our individual strengths into a collective action, and for respecting and honoring multiple ways of thinking, knowing, and acting in the world.

Professional Recognition - NSS will recognize individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the understanding of sustainability as a scholarly field as well as contributing to a community of practice. Awards will recognize transformative, collaborative leadership that centers community engagement.

Assessment, Evaluation & Standards - A national organization of scientific and practitioner professionals is well-positioned to provide neutral ground for the establishment of standards and the assessment and evaluation of practices related to sustainability transitions.

Advocacy - The NSS will advocate for the establishment, maintenance, and strengthening of sustainability and sustainability-related programs at institutions of higher learning. NSS professional staff, members, and executive council/advisory board may serve as external evaluators or recommend external evaluators for sustainability programs.

Policy Engagement - The NSS will assess, evaluate, make recommendations and, when necessary, advocate for policies that are relevant to sustainability.

Ethics - The NSS will facilitate a common commitment to professional ethics and standards of practice that will help sustainability professionals play a role in steering our society toward a shared vision of sustainability that brings greatest benefit to the most people and the environment.