Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.66
Liaison Rania Assariotaki
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

The American College of Greece
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Ourania Assariotaki
Sustainability Manager
Office of Public Affairs
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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:

ACG offers the opportunity to all staff members to participate in the First Aid Protocol Seminar, during which members are trained on Basic Life Support and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

The College has successfully organized a series of workshops on Cultural Diversity, in September 2018. The goal of these workshops were to: Increase cultural humility/competency with a focus on race, gender, and sexual orientation, and ways its experienced/understood in the U.S. context.
2. Examine unconscious bias and how it manifests in daily interactions with people of differing social identities. 3. Develop personal ability to recognize and challenge bias in the classroom.
4. Learn effective techniques to empathetically, cooperatively, and courageously engage uncomfortable and challenging conversations in a classroom environment.
5. Grow 1:1 dialogue skills aimed at becoming an ally to individuals and groups from marginalized identities. 6. Nurture community interdependence by identifying opportunities for intercultural exchange.

Through the tuition waiver program ACG provides to all ACG faculty and staff to participate in any of the courses, seminars, certificates, diplomas, majors offered by ACG including sustainability-related or sustainability-focused academic offerings

1. Faculty Research Network – theme: City. One of the 3 subjects was: City and the Environment. This was a workshop aimed to make faculty more knowledgeable on issues relating with cities and the relation with nature and how to enhance teaching about relevant topics.

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

The institution provides access to its employees to the following:
GRI seminars
GRI (https://www.globalreporting.org/Pages/default.aspx) is an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.
Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility Summer School
ACG offered the opportunity by offering free passes to four ACG members to attend the summer school. The summer school was hosted by ACG and co-organized the first Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Summer School, in collaboration with the network CSR Hellas and the University of Crete.

Participants were introduced to the following topics divided per workshop day: (1) Responsible organizations and sustainable management, (2) Corporate responsibility, the UN SDGs and the UN Global Compact, (3) Sustainable value creation, (4) Business impact, accountability, and reporting, and (5) Collaborative transformation of the value chain.
The workshop also featured two sketch artists who added a unique, creative, element on days one and two of the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Summer School.
Also, ACG supports professional development practices and covers the cost of participation to sustainability-focused or sustainability-related workshops like Energy Efficiency workshops, GHG emissions seminars, creating social value seminars etc. as long as they fit job position requirements

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 :

Public Affairs Staff
• Organize at least one event per semester (Fall, Spring) on a sustainability-related issue, in collaboration with at least one of our sustainability –related partnering networks (UNSDSN, CSR Hellas, UN Global Compact Network Hellas, Boroume, HOPEgenesis, diktyogiatithalassa/Lascarides Foundation
• Organize the ACG Community Service Day in Fall & Spring in collaboration with one or more of our partnering sustainability-related networks or NGOs and have representative participation from ACG members of all three divisions (Pierce/Deree/Alba)
• Inform on a weekly basis the participants of summer camp about proper recycling and ways of eliminating the use of single-use plastic items on campus during the program
• Introduce a one- hour course per week in all modules of the Pierce Leadership Academy Program focusing on a different sustainability-related issue each week. In addition, there will be a guest speaker representing one of our partnering networks each time
• Create, edit and curate a monthly Sustainability Newsletter (a total of 10 issues for 2019-2020, September to June).

Wellness Staff
• Deliver First Aid and Alcohol presentations to at least half of the 1st Lyceum classes (10 classes in total and 20 educational hours) and First Aid and STD presentations to 2nd Lyceum classes (8 classes in total).
• Design and deliver 4 wellness workshops: 1 as part of the Mind Body Spirit Fest, 2 off campus, and 2 on campus. Additional wellness workshops organized on or off campus and at least 40% "above 4" reviews in the satisfaction surveys will result in higher than "on target, 3" performance results in the evaluation.

Technical Services Staff
Energy consumption reduction Projects. Preparation to get new energy contracts” or Peripheral road Led Lights continuation.

Website URL where information about staff professional development and training in sustainability is available:

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