Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 88.14
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2019
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Colorado State University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Kirstie Tedrick
Sustainability Coordinator
Housing & Dining Services
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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 the spring semester begins. In 2019, 135 sessions were offered and attended by 3,954 faculty and staff members. 2019 sessions included: "Sustainability 101 at CSU" (what we do and how you can help), "Smart Cycling Part 1" (to build an understanding of traffic laws as they apply to bicyclists and provide strategies to increase safety and confidence while riding on campus), "EHS and a Green University (impact that Environmental Health Services has on CSU being a safe and green university), and "Truth Bee Told: Pollinators on Campus and in out Communities". There are extensive opportunities for diversity training, wellness programs, and other opportunities that fall within the greater definition of sustainability. https://tilt.colostate.edu/proDev/pdi/program_brief.cfm

Throughout the year, the Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) 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. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, 59 sessions attended by 1,180 faculty and staff members.

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 2018 symposium offered 64 sessions attended by 1,649 faculty and staff. The 2018 Diversity Symposium was a full week with several sessions focused on the intersectionality between sustainability and racial justice.

The Environmental Health Services’s website offered 117 training classes that recorded 16,063 completed training records. Of these records, 5,112 unique people received the training, and they represented 165 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 2019, HDS had about 500 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.

Talent Development offers training throughout the year. The office of Talent Development designs and coordinates training and talent development opportunities for personal and professional growth for all Colorado State University employees — academic faculty, administrative professional staff, and state classified personnel. Their vision is to provide experiences and talent development services that support faculty and staff and align with Colorado State University’s CSU’s Principles of Community and land-grant mission. Some of the courses include Diversity and Inclusion at CSU, Uncovering Bias, Creating Inclusive Conversations, Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills, and Emerging Women Leaders.

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 with no cost for tuition.

The President's Sustainability Commission, 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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