Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.34
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Shauna Casey
Sustainability Programs Manager
Sustainability Office
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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:

- The Sustainability Certificate Program for employees provides in depth learning about sustainability related topics, taught by campus staff and faculty. Participants must fulfill a certain number of core and elective courses to receive a certificate.

- 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.

- 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.

- The Green Office Certification Program works to empower campus offices to implement sustainable practices in their everyday operations. They 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!).

- Diversity & Inclusion Certification 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. http://diversity.ucsc.edu/training/certificate_program/index.html

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):

The Sustainability Office provides annual funding for regular sustainability conference attendance for core sustainability staff (5 employees). In addition, they also subsidize sustainability conferences and presentations for faculty, staff, and students on an as-needed basis.

Recent conferences made available to and attended by UCSC faculty/staff:
Post Landfill Action Network's Zero Waste Conference
California Resource Recovery Association
California Higher Education Sustainability Conference
University of Vermont Sustainability Faculty Fellowship Conference

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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