Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Megan Curtis-Murphy
Submission Date May 28, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Northeastern University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Casey Shetterly
Special Projects - 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:

Virgin Pulse offers daily cards on "acting Sustainably" for short bursts of information. Data Destruction Day offers sustainable way to recycle old technological equipment. All staff, students and faculty are provided with online tools to increase their effectiveness in technology at no cost through various platforms like LinkedIn as well as any course offerings.

NEU has a robust green office program which helps to impart best practices and upcoming opportunities to employees so they can learn more about sustainability and integrate it into their work and home practices. The green office program also sends out a monthly digital newsletter communicating similar best practices and upcoming events and opportunities. Quarterly lunch/learn meetings are held on various relevant topics. Over 600 employees engage with the Green Office Program.

Professional development is not centralized and therefore we are unable to capture utilization.

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):

Northeastern University prioritizes programs to develop individual career and professional expertise. All Northeastern University employees are extended training and professional development. Some attend education programs for increased energy conservation options; building operations and maintenance best practices; regional professional conferences or programs focused on aspects related to resiliency, transportation, urban planning, diversity and inclusion tools; AASHE trainings and other professional membership organizations in their individual fields.

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:

Significant opportunities for professional development with sustainability focus are available to all employees internally and externally. However, offerings are decentralized and come from a variety of sources and are therefore not available at this time.

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