Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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Santa Clara University
EN-8: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution make available training and/or other professional development opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year?:

A brief description of the sustainability trainings and professional development opportunities available to staff :

In cooperation with the Center for Sustainability, the Forge Garden, Santa Clara's 1/2 acre organic garden, provides workshops for employees throughout the year.

These workshops are held both during the week and on weekends to make them available to the maximum number of people. These workshops are available to all staff at no cost. The workshops are usually two hours long and cover broad topics of environmental stewardship, sustainability, urban gardening and more. Some example workshops include: 
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop: This workshop included the basics of pruning fruit trees, a demonstration, and a presentation on the importance of pruning fruit trees.
Fall Planting Workshop: This workshop included a presentation and demonstration on fall planting. It also included a planting guide, tips on how to monitor plants' growth and health.
Worm Compost Workshop: This workshop covered the basics of vermicomposting and gave attendees a new worm bin.

During the summer, the Center for Sustainability offers the Sustainability Summer Series. Each Wednesday, employees are invited to attend a behind-the-scenes tour of a sustainability-related component of campus life. Guest speakers from various departments offer tours and presentations to teach employees about sustainability. Topics include: housing and residence life, water and landscaping, waste diversion, energy and climate change, dining services, the campus garden, and sustainable features of campus recreation.

The percentage of staff that participated in training and/or other professional development opportunities in sustainability during the previous year:

The website URL where information about staff training opportunities in sustainability is available:

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