Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 83.20
Liaison Mina Amundsen
Submission Date Nov. 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Colby College
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Sandy Beauregard
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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):

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

Colby's Office of Sustainability offers two LEED Green Associate trainings every year, available to students, faculty and staff. Additionally, the Office of Sustainability offers a Green Office Certification, which allows interested faculty and staff to conduct an environmental sustainability audit in their offices. Even if some offices did not get Green Office Certified, many have begun to make small changes in terms of waste reduction, energy efficiency, and resource use. For example, some offices have compost bins, and others have made efforts to get rid of the Poland Spring water bottle filling stations, which use plastic containers, by replacing it with a water fountain with a Bottle Filling Station built in. In Facilities, the Grounds crew gets trained in organic lawn care with a refresher course every year. The Office of Sustainability also holds a training session for Grounds and Custodial staff about composting and single stream recycling, as these two departments are critical to the success of these programs. Another program on this topic is offered to all faculty and staff through the human resources professional development program.

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):

The College encourages employees to attend conferences to both learn and share new information and innovation in sustainability, especially in the Facilities Department as they implement new policies on the operations side.

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:

Positions whose job descriptions include sustainability are evaluated on this criteria in performance reviews. For example, the sustainability coordinator is charged with the sustainability of the College, thus his or her performance review evaluates how they have made positive change with sustainability initiatives. In Facilities, every job now requires a background in sustainability and sustainability is considered to be a part of everyone's job responsibility, so it is included in their evaluations.

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