Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.51
Liaison Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Submission Date March 5, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Principia College
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Center for 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?:
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):
25-49%

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

In furtherance of the Principia Center for Sustainability’s mission “to educate, promote, and inspire Principia College’s students, faculty and staff to become more responsible local and global environmental citizens”, the Center provides enrichment grants to staff to pursue professional training in sustainability. The primary purpose of grants to staff is to deepen their understanding of campus sustainability issues, including efforts to incorporate sustainability into planning, implementation, and evaluation processes.

Examples of internal professional development include offering G-PRO certification courses for trades professionals in our Facilities Department. In addition, training (through the Dean's office or developed by academic departments or Divisions) is offered in areas that significantly strengthen our community relative to social justice issues, including diversity and equity, confidential counseling, internationalizing the curriculum, and LBGTQ issues.


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):

"External" examples include a Staff Enrichment Grant provided to a staff member to attend the 2014 AASHE Conference in order to receive STARS training! Also, faculty training in Sustainable Business (resulted in a new course offering) and faculty travel to the Republic of the Marshall Islands to incorporate climate refugee content into SUS 240 Modern Climate Change (see also AC-7).


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) :
1-24%

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Principia College is dedicated to supporting employee success. This includes providing professional development and training opportunities to grow employee job knowledge and skill. Over the past three years, over 120 faculty, coaches, and staff received financial support for these activities from three funds dedicated to that purpose. This is in addition to department-funded training.

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