Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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Columbia University
PAE-13: Staff Professional Development in Sustainability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Cathy Resler
Office of Environmental Stewardship
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Does the institution make training and professional development opportunities in sustainability available to all staff?:

A brief description of the sustainability trainings and professional development opportunities available to staff :

Several sustainability training opportunities are available to all employees:
Do the Right Thing training program includes training on diversity and sexual harassment that’s mandatory for all employees,
EH&S offers training and certifications Laboratory Safety, Chemical Hygiene, Hazardous Waste Management, Biosafety, and Radiation Safety.
Whole Business Ethics for Managers is an on-line learning program with several sustainability course offerings.

Environmental Stewardship works with any faculty, staff, student, or department interested in receiving training on sustainability issues from recycling, energy efficiency and more. Columbia offered a LEED intro course to all interested employees for free to learn more about the LEED green building process.

All job positions must be openly posted; internal mobility policy or managing staff lateral transfers and promotions-guidelines that allow all jobs posted, and promote people from job to job.

The University provides a 100% tuition exemption option for all sustainability related degrees including the MS in Sustainability Management, Certificate in Sustainability Analytics, and the Certificate in Sustainable Water Management that can be taken part-time and in the evening after business hours. There is also reduced tuition for CERC certificate courses and tuition reimbursement options for employees.

Community outreach at the employment center that is located in Manhattanville to aid the local community in finding jobs primarily at Columbia but also within the local area (especially construction jobs at Columbia that are LEED projects). The Employment Center also provides skills training and computer resources. Further, Columbia HR provides 4 job fairs a year to the community, training out of the center to be job ready, offer the skills on-line training at Columbia also to local residents with about~2000 courses available.

Job readiness training programs that Columbia sponsors to point people towards their desired career path.

Additional Information:
Community: http://community-jobs.columbia.edu/
EH&S Training: http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/TrainingSchedule.html
Continuing Education: http://ce.columbia.edu/sustainability-management
Tuition Benefits: http://hr.columbia.edu/benefits/tuition

The website URL where information about staff training opportunities in sustainability are available:

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