Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.79
Liaison Courtney Stoner
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

American University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Courtney Stoner
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all non-academic staff at least once per year?:
Yes

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (the rate of staff participation in sustainability professional development and training)?:
Yes

Estimated percentage of regular, non-academic staff that participates annually in sustainability professional development and training:
1-24%

A brief description of any internal sustainability professional development and training opportunities that the institution makes available to non-academic staff:

- The Ann Ferren Conference is a free, professional development conference offered on campus to all faculty and staff. Office of Sustainability staff offer a session on integrating sustainability into the curriculum in which faculty from all disciplines can explore and develop ideas for the role of sustainability in academics. The landscape and grounds team within Facilities Management have also given presentations on how the Arboretum can be used as a resource for teaching, research, and service.

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- The Staff Council Personnel Conference is a free, annual conference offered to all staff focused on professional development.

--In Summer 2017, Office of Sustainability staff led a session on "Being a Change Agent" and using sustainability and the Green Office program to foster personal leadership and change agent skills, including how to fold sustainability into staff Performance Management Goals.

-In 2019, the Energy and Engineering team presented a session called "Lucid BuildingOS: Partnerships between AU Facilities Management & Students." For the past few years, AU’s Energy and Engineering team within the Facilities Management department has partnered with professors in the environmental and sustainability fields to integrate the scope of their courses with practical lessons in energy management. This also includes giving in-class presentations about the use of Lucid, offering tours of mechanical room systems, and using the Lucid dashboard to carry out a residence hall energy savings competition.

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-Office of Sustainability partners with other offices on campus to offer lunch and learns. For example, a partnership with AHealthyU led to a lunch time session on climate change and personal life choices individuals can make.

-AU's US Green Building Council membership gives staff access to trainings and courses.


A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution :

- Through institutional memberships, all faculty and staff have free and open access to the U.S. Green Building Council education platform and the AASHE Hub to pursue sustainability knowledge and education for professional development or a credential. Access to the membership is provided upon request.


Estimated percentage of regular non-academic staff for which sustainability is included in performance reviews:
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A brief description of how sustainability is included in staff performance reviews :
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Website URL where information about staff professional development and training in sustainability is available:
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