Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.35
Liaison Mo Lovegreen
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Santa Barbara
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Katie Maynard
Sustainability Coordinator
Geography & 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?:

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:

PACES (Program for the Assessment and Certification for the Environment and Sustainability): PACES assesses how departments currently apply ecological practices, raises awareness about campus policies and standard practices, and offers resources to help implement them. The program also connects departments with knowledgeable stakeholders who can provide technical assistance to help implement new practices. PACES interacts with various faculty in various departments. In the 2014-2015 academic year, 96 Staff and faculty participated in the PACES process through their departments, working with them to develop sustainability and action plans to reduce their environmental impact.

LabRATS (Laboratory Resources, Advocates, and Teamwork for Sustainability):
LabRATS is a UCSB program dedicated to promoting sustainable practices in the university’s laboratories. When a lab works with the program, LabRATS staff does a thorough analysis of the lab’s usage of water, disposables, machinery, lighting, space, and transportation. LabRATS provides the lab with recommendations for practices and improvements that the lab can undertake. For example, they will provide recommendations for materials that are more recyclable and provide information about more energy efficient lab fixtures. At the end of LabRATS analysis, their findings and recommendations are presented to the laboratory members.

Student Affairs Professional Development Conference:
UCSB hosts an annual Student Affairs Professional Development Conference. At this conference, faculty and staff have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops that offer opportunities to augment their talents and knowledge. Some of the conference workshops cover topics pertaining to sustainability. For example, in 2015 sustainability stakeholders held a presentation called “Achieving Sustainability on All Scales.” This presentation considered ways that individual staff, departments, and/or buildings can reduce waste and resource consumption through daily choices.

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):

CHESC (California Higher Education Sustainability Conference):
The University of California, Santa Barbara organizes the annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, a multi-day, inter-campus program that offers workshops and guest speakers that discuss campus sustainability efforts and goals. The 12th California Higher Education Sustainability Conference was hosted at San Francisco State University in 2015.

Central Coast Sustainability Summit:
Staff are invited to attend the annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit where local municipalities and community organizations get together to share best practices and discuss common issues in energy, transportation, waste, and water management. The annual regional sustainability summit is open to all campus staff. The Summit hopes to encourage dialogue that can bring about positive environmental change.

Global Climate Leadership Council Meetings - The global climate leadership council (GCLC) which was formed to advise UC on achieving the goal of carbon neutrality by 2025 holds meetings 3 times a year at different campuses throughout the UC system. Funds from the sustainability budget at UCSB are used to send faculty to these meetings so that they can participate.

Sustainability Steering Committee - each year we send faculty, staff, and a high level administrator to the annual in-person Sustainability Steering Committee meetings at the UC Office of the President. The Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC) engages decision makers from all ten campuses in developing and implementing a successful systemwide sustainability policy.

Smart Lab Ventilation workshop at UC Irvine (Jan 2018) - description can be found here: https://www4.eere.energy.gov/femp/training/training/university-california-irvine-smart-labs-workshop

Sustainable Procurement Working Group Kick-off summit

Waste Summit at UC Irvine (February 2018)

I2SL International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories Conference - Each year, we send staff to this conference. The I2SL Annual Conference is the leading international conference focused on strategies to meet the challenges of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in laboratories and related facilities. The conference is a technical forum where information is exchanged covering the life cycle of the laboratory from design to use. I2SL welcomes an international audience of owners, EH&S officials, facility managers, designers, engineers and lab users.

FOVEA training - This is Climate Action Planning software that the University of California is using to help target items for our 2025 goal of climate neutrality. The Fovea: CAP workbook presentations were held in summer and fall of 2017.

Sustainability Officers Retreat & Priority Setting Workshop - Each year we send staff to attend a UC System wide retreat and priority setting and training on campus sustainability. These are held in Blue Oak Rance Reserve near San Jose.

AASHE Annual Conference - we typically send staff to the annual AASHE Conference each year.

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:

Central Coast Summit Info:

Sustainability is incorporated into a wide variety of other professional development programs as well, such as the Student Affairs annual divisional meeting. Sustainability coordinators also frequently offer guest lectures in departmental staff meetings and events. Our percentage is approximate, and there is a chance that some individuals may have been double-counted.

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