Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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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:

Training sessions are hosted once a year for the entire Dining Services staff, housekeeping staff, admissions staff, academic department coordinators, development staff, diversity team, President's staff forum and all new staff of the college. Training sessions including green cleaning, sustainable food and dining, waste minimization, green devil certification, green office certification and how to connect sustainability to departmental responsibilities and goals.

As part of our path to Carbon Neutrality, the Center for Sustainability Education hosted a college wide tour in 2019-20 to meet with as many offices and departments as possible to encourage their active participation in our Climate Change Needs Behavior Change campaign. We provided tips and tools for more sustainable/lower carbon operations across the college.

In addition, the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) routinely offers various forms of staff trainings and workshops:
1. CSE annually hosts an open house forum that allows Dickinson employees the opportunity to learn more about the services of both academic and administrative departments by visiting their spaces and programs. This session is open to any staff member at the college.
2. CSE offers Sustain IT Workshops, open to staff, that are content specific action workshops with an educational component.
3. CSE has also partners with Human Resource Services offering wellness programs including lunch-and-learn workshops and biking seminars for staff of the college.

Additionally, the Center for Sustainability Education engages all new employees through the College's new employee orientation program.


A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution :

In 2019, Dickinson Dining Services offered a professional training to their chefs and staff in support of building a stronger plant-based menu. We hired a demonstration chef from Impossible Foods to come and demonstrate recipes, host a tasting, and work with staff to build excitement around meat alternatives.


Estimated percentage of regular non-academic staff for which sustainability is included in performance reviews:
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A brief description of how sustainability is included in staff performance reviews :
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Website URL where information about staff professional development and training in sustainability is available:
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The Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) is continuously networking with campus offices and departments to find ways to connect staff to the living laboratory that is Dickinson College. Custom training workshops have been developed and implemented for a wide range of audiences to help incorporate sustainability into all aspects of life and work at Dickinson.

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