Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.56
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colorado State University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Nik Olsen
Assistant Director of Administrative Communications
Office of the President
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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:

The Professional Development Institute provides seminars and training sessions each January at a time when most faculty and staff are able to attend before spring semester begins. 2017 sessions include: "Our footprint and the path to zero" (the staff/faculty role in the path to carbon neutrality), "Commuting to CSU - Travel Training for Bicyclists, Carpoolers and Transit Riders." and "Green Initiatives at CSU: How you can help us stay on top". There are extensive opportunities for diversity training, wellness programs, and other opportunities that fall within the greater definition of sustainability. In 2016, there were 847 individuals enrolled in PDI sessions.

Throughout the year, the Institute for Learning and Teaching offers professional development on a number of sustainability-related topics including Teaching Sustainability through a Race, Color, and Gender Justice Lens Across the Curricula, Focus on Diversity: Creating Inclusive Classrooms, and Developing a Social Justice Education Instructional Lens for the College Classroom.

Diversity Symposium: The symposium has grown tremendously since the first single-day “Diversity Summit” that took place more than 10 years ago. We are proud to have steadily expanded the Diversity Symposium to offer a multitude of relevant and engaging diversity-oriented sessions for campus and the Fort Collins community. The 2016 Diversity Symposium was comprised of 47 unique sessions from 90 presenters including a keynote speaker and several sessions focused on the intersectionality between sustainability and racial justice. Attendance at all events (including students and without ability to determine double counting of unique individuals) was 2,767.

In FY16, Environmental Health Services’s website offered 89 training classes that recorded 9,279 completed training records. Of these records, 3,791 unique people received the training, and they represented 135 different departments on campus. (The website does not distinguish between students and employees.)

Housing & Dining Services – Conference Style Training: Each January, all HDS employees are invited to participate in this three day event focused on professional development specific to HDS employees. Several sustainability-related sessions are offered. During January 2016, HDS had ~450 employees and offered over 60 sessions and a Resource Fair with a total number of 2,521 participants. Thus, many HDS staff attended multiple sessions.

Training and Organizational Development: During FY16 TOD offered 54 trainings attended by 1,466 CSU employees (976 unique employees). During FY16, Human Resources and Business & Financial Services provided an additional 31 trainings attended by 767 CSU employees (456 unique employees)

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):

Employee Study Privilege: CSU employees may register for credit courses on a space available basis each academic year (summer–spring) provided appointments are at least half-time. Employees may take up to 9 credit hours per year with their Study Privilege. In FY16, 850 unique employee participated in the Study Privilege.

The President's Sustainability Committee, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Housing & Dining Services, Facilities, and several colleges provide professional development support for faculty, staff, and students to attend professional conferences, workshops, and meetings related to sustainability.

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:

While we know that sustainability is included in some performance reviews across campus there is not a centralized system on campus that tracks this data.

TILT courses and workshops can be found at: http://tilt.colostate.edu/events/.

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