Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.33
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 1, 2024

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Sarah Carson
Director, Campus Sustainability Office
FS - Energy & Sustainability
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Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all non-academic staff at least once per year?:
Yes

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

Estimated percentage of regular, non-academic staff that participates annually in sustainability professional development and training:
50-74%

A brief description of any internal sustainability professional development and training opportunities that the institution makes available to non-academic staff:
Large departments like Cornell Dining, Cornell Grounds, and Cornell Building Care (which collectively employee thousands of employees) integrate sustainability into trainings, meetings, and professional development opportunities at all staff levels. For example, Cornell Dining has a full-time Sustainability Coordinator, who trains employees on sustainability practices, including food waste, reusable containers, and more. Building Care is trained on green chemicals and cleaning practices. Cornell Grounds covers topics like their 'tall grass, low gas' campaign, the use of electric equipment, and more. ****************************************************************************** The Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) offers customized sustainability sessions for campus staff, including topics like integrating sustainability into decision-making using the Quadruple Bottom Line (our Sustainability Framework for Decision Making). We ask supervisors to take what they learn back to their units and institute sustainable practices and quadruple bottom line thinking. https://sustainablecampus.cornell.edu/programs-guides/employee-resources/staff-sustainability-training ********************************************* CSO coordinates trainings and "brown bag lunches" with offices, departments, and colleges/divisions during the year. Trainings take 1-2 hours, cover content from the Sustainable Events workshops, Sustainability Management Academy course, and provide information & tools customized for specific units and departments. **************************************************************** The CSO participates in Cornell's annual "Staff Development Day," where we host training sessions on Community-Based Social Marketing, Sustainability initiatives at Cornell, Sustainable Events, "Green Your Office in Under an Hour," and Quadruple Bottom Line Decision Making. Our office engages with hundreds of employees during the exhibition and discusses waste & energy policies, updates to campus sustainability initiatives, and ways to get involved on campus and bring sustainability into their workplace. ***************************************************************** The Campus Sustainability Office partnered with local sustainability experts, Get Your Green Back Tompkins (GYGB), to provide training for 1000+ front-line Dining and Building Care staff. GYGB focused on concepts of energy efficiency, and discussed ways to bring that knowledge home by making their homes more energy efficient and taking advantage of NY State grant programs. ***************************************************************************** The CSO hosted the Green Team Summit (open to the entire Cornell community) where faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend numerous sustainability-focused lectures, workshops, poster sessions, and exhibitions. The CSO also hosts our annual Sustainable Cornell Summit (open to the entire Cornell community), where senior leaders present on the state of sustainability at Cornell, local/state/national experts present on current science and sustainability issues relevant to our community and beyond, Cornell researchers present recent findings, networking sessions connect people across campus, staff share new sustainable practices and procedures in their areas, our annual sustainability awards are presented by senior leaders, etc. Staff are also encouraged to participate in sustainability conferences hosted throughout the year by numerous partners, including the "Student Sustainability Summit" (hosted by ECO), the 2-day "Cornell Future Food Summit," the "Cornell Sustainability in Business Symposium," workshops during "People's Climate Week," and many more. Engaging in learning opportunities like these are encouraged and supported by Human Resources, and staff often receive financial support from their departments to attend sessions with any fees (or the fees are waived). In 2020, Cornell hosted the 2020 State of NY Sustainability Conference, where hundreds of Cornellians attended virtual sessions focused on sustainability and climate change. ***************************************************** Cornell also runs "Turning Point" a five-day leadership program for front-line staff; it's a professional development program that aligns with the Cornell Skills for Success (in every staff member's job description), which includes several specific skills targeting sustainability competencies (see below for more details). https://hr.cornell.edu/professional-development/training/leadership-academy/turning-point Cornell incorporated Sustainability into every staff member's job description through the Cornell's Skills for Success: https://hr.cornell.edu/professional-development/performance-0/skills-success (1) Act and take initiative - Employees should “adopt a culture of sustainability and efficiency” and “take responsible risks to innovate seeking advancements in products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas.” (2) Inclusion - Employees should “contribute positively to an inclusive environment” and “actively support work-life integration” (sustainable balance) (3) Display sound judgment in problem solving - Employees should “assess environmental, economic, compliance, and social impacts in decision-making.” (4) Support the organization’s shared vision and mission - Employees should “show commitment to unit and university goals in delivering results” including Cornell’s goal of carbon neutrality and sustainability plan goals. ************************************************************* Cornell's Energy Management Team trains facilities staff each year on energy conservation initiatives and practices, how to use our energy dashboard, and more. Cornell's R5 Operations Team also trains facilities staff and dining staff (and many more) on proper waste management, waste reduction strategies, etc. ********************************************** Cornell's supervisor in-person and online trainings integrate sustainability concepts throughout their modules. For example, in a policy-related training provided to all supervisors provided by the Division of Financial Affairs, the trainers discuss policy 3.2 which includes considering low-carbon travel options when making traveling plans. ***************************************************************************** The Campus Sustainability Office hosts Sustainable Events workshops to educate employees and students on how to host more sustainable events. Beginning in Spring 2022, we also began offering free 1:1 sustainable events consultations to talk with campus partners about how to make their large-scale (and small-scale) events more sustainable.

A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution :
Many faculty and staff members attend a variety of professional conferences, workshops, webinars etc. paid for or reimbursed by the university (e.g. AASHE, ISCN, SSC, NYCSHE, Greenbuild, Ivy+, Urban Green Council, etc.)

Estimated percentage of regular non-academic staff for which sustainability is included in performance reviews:
75% or more

A brief description of how sustainability is included in staff performance reviews :
Cornell incorporated sustainability into every staff member's job description through the Cornell's Skills for Success. Key sustainability-related skills are outlined below. During performance reviews, Cornell staff are asked to review their job description and reflect on strengths and areas of improvement. The Skills for Success are one component for staff to consider during their self-evaluations, and managers to consider during their reviews. (1) Act and take initiative - Employees should “adopt a culture of sustainability and efficiency” and “take responsible risks to innovate seeking advancements in products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas.” (2) Inclusion - Employees should “contribute positively to an inclusive environment” and “actively support work-life integration” (sustainable balance) (3) Display sound judgment in problem solving - Employees should “assess environmental, economic, compliance, and social impacts in decision-making.” (4) Support the organization’s shared vision and mission - Employees should “show commitment to unit and university goals in delivering results” including Cornell’s goal of carbon neutrality and sustainability plan goals. https://hr.cornell.edu/professional-development/performance-0/skills-success

Website URL where information about staff professional development and training in sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
https://hr.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/documents/skillsforsuccess.pdf

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