Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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University of California, Santa Cruz
EN-8: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shauna Casey
Sustainability Programs Manager
Sustainability Office
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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 :

The greenwashing awareness training was a collaborative project involving students and staff from various departments with the objective of equipping the UCSC community with strategies to identify false or meaningless environmental claims by university suppliers. The training is available through the campus Learning Management System (LMS) and is a part of the standard CruzBuy classroom-training curriculum. 14 staff were served in 2014-15

Green Labs Program- The Green Labs program works to certify on campus research labs as part of the UC initiative to reduce energy, waste, and water usage in labs. Labs that express interest in certification are contacted through their prime investigator and lab sustainability representative to begin certification and assessment process. 105 staff served in 2014-15

Green Office Certification Program- The Green Office Certification Program (formerly Program Recognizing Offices Practicing Sustainability) works to empower campus offices to implement sustainable practices in their everyday operations. We perform energy audits and waste assessments in campus offices and work with participating staff to identify actions they can commit to that will lower their waste and consumption habits and improve their overall environmental performance (while saving money!). 26 staff were served in 2014-15.

Diversity Training- This program provides a valuable professional development opportunity at no cost to the participants or their respective units. The Program is designed to offer participants an in-depth examination of diversity and differences in order to gain a greater understanding of how we can and why we should work together to build a stronger and more inclusive UC Santa Cruz community. Participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills that will enable them to more effectively and enjoyably work and lead in a multicultural, diverse environment. Program examines social justice issues. 204 http://diversity.ucsc.edu/training/certificate_program/index.html

Conferences (attended or presented)- 17 people identified for 2014-15
Post Landfill Action Network's Zero Waste Conference
Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellows Professional Development Conference
LEED Green Associate Certification
EPA's Zero Food Waste Forum, UC Berkeley
California Higher Education Sustainability Conference
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference
Off the Grid - Zero Energy Buildings,
Black Locust Permeable Pavers
Rainwater Management
Atmosphere GHG
Cool Roofs
What you Need to Know About Commissioning
Integrated Energy and Daylight Modeling
BioCycle West Coast in Portland
National Waste & Recycling Association, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

366 total people participated in training above out of 4035.71 student and staff employees. http://planning.ucsc.edu/irps/StaffProfiles/PersonnelProfilePage2015.pdf

366 total people participated in training above out of 4035.71 student and staff employees. http://planning.ucsc.edu/irps/StaffProfiles/PersonnelProfilePage2015.pdf

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