Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.57
Liaison Kelsey Beal
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2020

STARS v2.2

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

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 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:

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.

During Earth Month 2020, the IUPUI Office of Sustainability hosted a number of webinars covering many topics including; Psychology & Sustainable Behavior, Carbon Neutrality, Sustainability 101, Greenspaces, Mulching, Tree Pruning, Pollinators, Garden Prep, Earth Day, Recycling, Energy, Food Insecurity, Sustainability Career Preparation

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 2020 Indiana Sustainability & Resilience Conference was hosted virtually on 09/1-09/2/20 by the IUPUI Office of Sustainability and made possible by the McKinney Family Foundation. The Conference aims to be a productive, annual gathering of sustainability professionals and champions from across the state of Indiana. It is designed to showcase local successes, share best practices, engage in place-based problem solving, and facilitate collaboration to advance sustainability in the Hoosier state. The inaugural Indiana Sustainability and Resilience Conference, presented by the Indianapolis Airport Authority, explored the theme, Sustainability as an Economic Driver. Many IUPUI faculty and staff presented and participated in this virtual training opportunity.

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 Trainings

Healthy IU: Chair Yoga; Workout Equipment; Mid-Day Mindfulness; Weight Watchers; Smoking Cessation; Webinar Series: Navigating Work + Life During Public Health Crises; Peace of Mind Series
Human Resources: Embracing Diversity; EEO; Fair Labor Standards
Public Health: Dimensions of Wellness; Intro to Public Health Series
Finance & Administration: IUPUI Staff Mentoring Program, https://fiad.iupui.edu/programs/staff-mentoring.html

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

The IUPUI Staff Council provides funding support through the Staff Professional Development Grants (SPDG) program to award recognition and financial support to individual staff members to engage in professional development activities that align with the IUPUI Strategic Plan, contribute to the success of IUPUI, and enhance the professional growth of the staff member.

A couple examples of utilizing these funds include:
- Sustainability Director has achieved the ISSP-SA (International Association of Sustainability Professionals - Sustainability Associate) certification Feb., 2017

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

IU is a member of the USGBC and supports employees' training and participation in USGBC and USGBC-Indiana training, webinars, and events.

Sustainability staff & students are encouraged to attend the annual Indiana Recycling Coalition Conference

Sustainability staff & students are encouraged to attend & present at the annual AASHE Conference.

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 :

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability has 3 FT Staff and on average, 12 student interns. Each of these positions include Sustainability initiatives, goals and outcomes as part of their roles/responsibilities and is the basis for their performance reviews and in alignment with our IUPUI Sustainability Strategic plan and initiatives.

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