|Submission Date||March 5, 2020|
George Washington University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training
|1.00 / 2.00||
Not available at this time
Office of Sustainability
Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all non-academic staff at least once per year?:
Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (the rate of staff participation in sustainability professional development and training)?:
Estimated percentage of regular, non-academic staff that participates annually in sustainability professional development and training:
A brief description of any internal sustainability professional development and training opportunities that the institution makes available to non-academic staff:
The Green Office Network is the primary faculty and staff sustainability engagement program at GW. The Office of Sustainability helps facilitate a conversation around best practices among the university faculty and staff through this program.
Purpose of the Program
•To better understand office behavior and practices on a day-to-day basis
•To foster a discussion about how to improve sustainability on the individual and departmental level
•To improve awareness, build a sense of community, and empower staff to make positive, healthy changes
How it Works
•Offices sign up to participate
•A member of the Green Office team conducts a workshop with the office to train staff on sustainability
•At the meeting, the office members learn about sustainability challenges, areas for improvement and have the opportunity to ask any questions about sustainability at GW
•At the conclusion of the workshop, the team sets goals for the office. (Sample goal: Increase recycling rates, ensure that all lights are off at the end of the day, set all printing defaults to double-sided)
•The offce receives a certification indicating how sustainable they are based on a number of criteria. Offices are encouraged to make improvements to reach a higher certification level in their annual re-certification.
•Throughout the year, the program provides trainings specifically for Green Office Leaders. They gain skills on sustainability topics, opportunities for action in the office and on campus, and how to be effective agents for change in their work settings. They then act as peer educators to their team mates in their offices.
A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution :
Through Talent @ GW, Human Resources offers trainings and resources to support employees in their career goals. Among other trainings offered is "Sustainability Strategies" a course that shows how smart sustainability practices can drive financial performance, help attract and retain employees, and protect a company's license to operate. The trainer outlines how to… establish and ensure your reputation as a company focused on sustainability= Establish and ensure your reputation as a company focused on sustainability manage supply chains more responsibly and effectively= Manage supply chains more responsibly and effectively create new sustainable products and services= Create new sustainable products and services reduce energy use, waste, toxic substances, and emissions= Reduce energy use, waste, toxic substances, and emissions incorporate sustainability practices that enhance employee engagement and retention= Incorporate sustainability practices that enhance employee engagement and retention Last, the trainer helps you figure out where to find resources to help track key metrics, assess your company's carbon footprint, and improve your environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices.
Estimated percentage of regular non-academic staff for which sustainability is included in performance reviews:
A brief description of how sustainability is included in staff performance reviews :
Website URL where information about staff professional development and training in sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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