Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.96
Liaison Cody Powell
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Miami University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Adam Sizemore
Director of Sustainability
Physical Facilities Department
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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:

Miami University began using Lean principles and methods to eliminate waste within operational processes. Since its inception, Lean principles and methods have fostered increased revenue, improved productivity, reduced/avoided costs, improved quality/customer satisfaction, and expanded sustainability across campus. As a part of adopting Lean, Miami University encourages and empowers employees to submit Lean project ideas, actively participate in Lean projects, and become Lean certified.

The Lean Certification Program is accessible to all Miami University staff. Individuals who go through the Lean Certification Program are trained on five key areas/goals: increase revenue, improve productivity, reduce costs, increase cost avoidance, support green initiatives. The program also has three levels: Lean Partner, Lean Leader, and Senior Lean Leader. The first course in the program is a Lean Two-Day Training where staff members are exposed to sustainability and supporting Miami’s green initiatives on campus. Even though sustainability is incorporated throughout various courses beyond the Lean Two-Day Training, Miami University offers a three-hour course titled “Go Green Lean”, where sustainability is the main focus. This course covers the three elements of sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) while informing staff members how they can incorporate sustainability into their own departments and projects. This course is offered 2 times a year. Miami University estimates since the program’s inception 2500 staff have been exposed to Lean training and thus, have had the availability to participate in sustainability training.

Over 814 Miami staff attended the January 2018 Lean Fair. The “Go Green” booth focused on recycling and was attended by almost all participants since it was strategically located at the entrance to the presentation rooms.

153 Lean projects were completed from 7-1-16 through 6-30-17, with a total cost avoidance of $2,478,728 and cost reduction of $841,863. Over 40% of the projects specifically identified “Going Green” as a goal, but the savings and cost reductions of all the projects contribute to economic sustainability.

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):


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:

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