Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.71
Liaison Greg Kozak
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northwestern University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Sarah Tulga
Sustainability Program Coordinator
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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:

All University employees are eligible to get involved in the Green Office Certification program. This program offers sustainability training workshops for green team leaders. In addition, all employees working in offices that are in the process of certification are invited to participate in a presentation by the sustainNU staff.

Sustainability presentations and trainings can be requested by any office or department which would like to receive training around sustainability practices within their workplace or if they are interested in learning more about sustainability at Northwestern. Previous topics included deep dives into Northwestern’s waste stream, recycling Q&A, hosting sustainable events, or the State of Sustainability at Northwestern.

Additionally, the sustainNU team is in the process of developing an online staff training module on sustainability with Human Resources.

In addition, the sustainNU team works with the Northwestern University Staff Advisory Committee to offer an annual Lunch and Learn event focused on sustainability. The sustainNU team is also in the process of developing an online staff training module on sustainability.

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

Northwestern University is a member in the USGBC, and any full-time staff can link to our account. This paid membership provides discounts for training, education and professional development courses and provides some content for LEED accreditation for our staff.

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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