Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Vic Shelburne
Submission Date Nov. 26, 2018
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Clemson University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Dr. Caye Draphco
Fellow, Clemson Sustainability Commission
Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
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Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year?:

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

Estimated percentage of regular staff (full-time and part-time) that participates annually in sustainability professional development and training that is either provided or supported by the institution (0, 1-24%, 25-49%, 50-74%, 75% or more):
75% or more

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

Clemson University highlights April as Sustainability Month and makes available a variety of events to all staff, faculty and students that touch on the three pillars of sustainability. In 2017, these included:
• Clemson Libraries – “Read, Recycle, Repeat” Book Display; Clemson’s Scholarly Landscape on Sustainability: Thesis & Dissertations Digital Showcase; “Earth Day, Every Day” Children’s Book Display
• Solid Green Student Club – Earth Week Line-up; Yoga & Succulents; Solid Green Blood Drive; Conscious College Information Station where participants learn how to live sustainably in college; Conscious College Town Hall where participants engage in a dialogue on how to make Clemson a more sustainable campus; Showing of “The Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”
• Farmers Market – Market with local produce; Earth Day Trivia
• Campbell Geology Museum – Earth Day Celebration; Earth Day Challenge Showcase

All staff and faculty members at Clemson University have access to the “Energy Awareness” section of the website. This identifies the Clemson 2020 Goal of reducing energy consumption 20% by 2020 as well as achieving net neutrality of emissions by 2030. Clemson’s goal is to become a “net-zero” carbon-neutral campus.
Users can access the LEED Scorecard and Energy Models to gain an insight on specific building projects. The scorecard is updated regularly to reflect any changes on campus. Clemson aims to achieve at least a LEED Silver rating for all newly constructed buildings and major renovations.
Staff and faculty also have access to the annual report of the overall carbon footprint of Clemson University. This is provided through the GHG Inventory conducted through Sightlines and provides longitudinal analysis and peer benchmarking.


A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution(e.g. through payment, reimbursement, or subsidy):

Clemson Recycling Services staff goes through a comprehensive recycling certification training as offered by the state of South Carolina’s DHEC. Currently, we have 3 of our staff members certified. The training is offered every 2 years and we will have additional staff members certified in 2018.


Estimated percentage of regular staff (full-time and part-time) for which sustainability is included in performance reviews (0, 1-24%, 25-49%, 50-74%, 75% or more) :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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