Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.51
Liaison Kelsey Beal
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019
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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Deborah Ferguson
Assistant Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year?:

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

Estimated percentage of regular staff (full-time and part-time) that participates annually in sustainability professional development and training that is either provided or supported by the institution (0, 1-24%, 25-49%, 50-74%, 75% or more):

A brief description of any internal sustainability professional development and training opportunities that the institution makes available to staff:
Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in courses, workshops, conferences, Green Bag Luncheons, presentations, and other activities supported by the Office of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability also regularly makes presentations on Sustainability to the IUPUI Faculty & Staff Councils. A few of the recent courses offered: Tree Planting Basics, BeeKeeping Basics, Urban Gardening.

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability has also hosted the 2018 & 2019 Indianapolis Sustainability Summits in collaboration with the Indianapolis' Office of Sustainability. The 2018 Summits highlighted the impact of collaborative efforts in advancing sustainability and building a stronger Indianapolis community. The agenda featured breakout sessions about built environment, community resilience, public health, environmental policy, food, mobility, sustainable business practices, waste and water. Sessions were facilitated by experts from throughout the Midwest. The summit kicked off with a keynote address delivered by Mark "Puck" Mykleby, former special strategic assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The 2019 Indianapolis Sustainability Summit, at which business, nonprofit and civic leaders will discuss the new Marion County sustainability plan. The daylong summit focused on the eight elements of Thrive Indianapolis: built environment, economy, energy, food and urban agriculture, natural resources, public health and safety, transportation and land use, and waste and recycling.

The University also provides training opportunities through an online portfolio of courses at https://expand.iu.edu/browse/e-training
An example of a few Sustainability Related courses provided are:
IU Environmental Health & Safety Trngs
Healthy IU: Chair Yoga; Workout Equipment; Mid-Day Mindfulness
Human Resources: Embracing Diversity; EEO; Fair Labor Stnds
Public Health: Dimensions of Wellness; Intro to Public Health Series

A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution(e.g. through payment, reimbursement, or subsidy):
Sustainability Director has achieved the ISSP-SA (International Association of Sustainability Profesionals - Sustainability Associate) certification Feb., 2017

Sustainability Assistant Director has achieved the LEED Green Associate Certification, May, 2017

Estimated percentage of regular staff (full-time and part-time) for which sustainability is included in performance reviews (0, 1-24%, 25-49%, 50-74%, 75% or more) :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
News at IUPUI: https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/04/iupui/02-inaugural-indianapolis-sustainability-summit.html

News at IUPUI: https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/03/iupui/14-indianapolis-sustainability-summit.html

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