Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.19
Liaison Ryan Todd
Submission Date April 30, 2024

STARS v2.2

California State University, Sacramento
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00
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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?:

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

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

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

Professional development about sustainability concepts is delivered by the Sustainability Department in the form of Earth Day. Celebrating Earth Day on campus is an important and collaborative event that enables fun and promotes awareness around being green and a vast array of sustainability learning concepts. Each year, the campus celebrates Earth Day within the month of April, inviting external vendors to booth and provides interactive activities such as campus sustainability tours, recycling drives, and tree planting/mulching. Education is the entire purpose of Earth Day. Interactive activities such as the campus tours include the campus sustainability highlights, highlighting more than 20 points of sustainable interest on campus. This tour points out highlights such as the solar panels located on top of the Library and The WELL as well as the bioswales throughout campus. The arboretum guided walking tour highlights the extensive and in some cases rare variety of plants and trees located on campus, with 1,200 of our over 3,700 campus trees located in the Arboretum alone. The Sacramento Tree Foundation attends Earth Day and teaches how to properly plant a tree including root care, watering practices and benefits of various tree species as it relates to the environment and reducing CO2 emissions. Staff learn about how to implement their own at-home aquaponics technology to grow their own produce. Other professional development is provided by the external vendors that are on campus for the day to educate about such topics as starting your own garden, participating in community gardens, locating local farmer's markets, what locally grown and organic food means, how electronic waste is recycled, what products are recycled at local facilities, how to save water during the drought, how to reduce your utility bill, and much more. Vendors typically use visual displays, hands on and interactive components and samples as well as printed literature and hand outs. Earth Day is open to everyone and ample marketing and advertising is done weeks prior to encourage mass participation, such as the staff Monday Morning Bulletin, which is an announcement bulletin that is emailed out to all staff each Monday. Earth Day is held outdoors in the heart of the campus (Library Quad) where maximum exposure to the campus community is greatest.

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

Examples of professional development and trainings off campus include: California Higher Education Conference, LEED education and accreditation, California Resource Recovery Association Zero Waste training and certification, and local utility energy trainings.

Estimated percentage of regular non-academic staff for which sustainability is included in performance reviews:

A brief description of how sustainability is included in staff performance reviews :

Website URL where information about staff professional development and training in sustainability is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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