Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.26
Liaison Stephanie MacPhee
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00
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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:

We also offer a series of online workshops to educate Ryerson students, faculty, and staff on a variety of sustainability topics including waste management, climate change, and environmental awareness. Examples of our most recent workshops include those listed below:

Sustainability and Happiness Around the World - Although current times may feel daunting and uncertain, there are still examples of sustainability and happiness occurring everyday. During this session , we will share some examples of happiness, wellbeing and sustainability that are happening around the world. We will also be discussing ways that we can all celebrate sustainability, happiness and wellbeing during difficult times.

What Waste Goes Where - Learning what waste goes where is the first step towards proper waste diversion. This online workshop will guide you through how to properly sort waste and what happens to our waste once it leaves campus. While we might not be on campus right now, find out how you can help contribute to a more sustainable campus when we return.

COVID-19 and Climate Change - Through this workshop, the Sustainability Office hopes to generate a deep conversation on the powerful connection between COVID-19 and climate change. We will discuss how the pandemic has impacted the environment, common misconceptions and key takeaways we can learn from the current situation.

Zero-Waste Refresher Course - As a waste monitor, it is important that you are up-to-date and knowledgeable about waste management in order to lead, inspire and educate others to change their behaviours. This training course will go through frequently asked questions that waste monitors often receive from the Ryerson community, as well as specific engagement methods to use during future waste monitoring shifts. https://www.ryerson.ca/facilities-management-development/sustainability/news-events/events/2020/05/zero-waste-refresher-course/

Also, Ryerson employees have the opportunity to pursue further education in sustainability free of charge, by taking related courses offered by the Chang School of Continuing Education where tuition is reimbursed by the university. This includes Ryerson’s Certificates in Sustainability Management, Energy Management and Conservation, Environmental Sciences, and Enterprise Process Excellence among others.

In addition, the Sustainability Office offers personalized office waste audits upon request. These audits serve to determine the waste diversion rates and the percent contamination of the office’s streams and provide a waste training session to their team. This is done to inform and educate office staff on best waste management practices and correct common errors to improve their office waste diversion rates.

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):

Ryerson employees can also pursue further education at other institutions and receive a tuition rebate for work-related or professional development courses approved by Ryerson.

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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