Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.02
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

Furman University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for 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:
75% or more

A brief description of any internal sustainability professional development and training opportunities that the institution makes available to non-academic staff:

Annual workshops offered by Human Resources Department address the awareness of diversity and inclusiveness and builds skills to reduce discrimination.

A selection of other recent workshops available to faculty, staff, and alumni are:
Sustainable Change in Health, Fitness, and Well-being: Science-based Reasons to Harness the Right Why

Parents Who Lead: Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career and Create a Richer Life

Furman Community Mindfulness Session

Creating a Culture of Accountability

The Economic Impact of COVID

Making it Personal: The Power of Storytelling for Building Inclusive Environments

A free four-week course for employees on mindfulness and meditation led by Min-Ken Liao and Meghan Slining. In this course, we explore different mindfulness techniques, discuss personal practice experiences, and enjoy each other’s mindful presence.

The Shi Institute class ran a Department Assistant appreciation event and included information about the Green Office program, eco-feature on the Staples website, and other ways to encourage working sustainably within their departments.

Faculty member, Courtney Quinn, also runs a leadership development training program for faculty and staff.


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

Furman regularly pays for staff to attend conferences and workshops that support sustainability, including AASHE, the Southeast Energy Summit, ReFrame, Campus Compact, and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Council conference.


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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