Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.23
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Oregon State University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Keava Campbell
Data Analyst
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year?:
Yes

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

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):
1-24%

A brief description of any internal sustainability professional development and training opportunities that the institution makes available to staff:

Campus Recycling offers training to OSU faculty and staff several times each year, and by request. The most significant training event is Training Days, a two-day-long set of workshop sessions that deal with a variety of university issues.

FY17 sustainability-related sessions included 1) Eco2Go: ORANGE Take-Out Containers Radically Reducing Waste; 2) Compost What? Breaking Down the Changes Coming for What Gets Tossed into the Composting at OSU

Additional training opportunities are often made available during OSU's annual Earth Week celebration in April.

Several times each year, the Sustainability Office provides department-specific trainings and/or orientations for employees, typically working with the requestor to tailor content to the department's needs at the time.

Through OSU's Sustainability Advocate program, faculty and staff pledge to act as sustainability contacts within their campus unit by sharing information and training opportunities, networking with fellow Advocates, and promoting sustainability-related events within their unit.

Advocates also receive training themselves both from the Sustainability Office and from speakers who regularly attend their meetings to discuss on campus programs, events, or initiatives with sustainable focuses.


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):

The Sustainability Advocates deliver information about training opportunities to contacts in the departments the Advocates representatives.

Additionally faculty and staff regularly attend conferences with sustainability focuses, which the University supports either through direct payment or reimbursement.

For example, every year several staff members attend either OHESC or WAHESC (Oregon or Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference). The conference is an opportunity for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research. Participants will explore ways to advance campus sustainability through the sharing of best practices, presentations on creative solutions to common challenges, and the development of regional collaborative networks.

A few OSU students, faculty and staff typically attend AASHE conferences most years.


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