Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.27
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Anja Wynne
Executive Director
Human Resources 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 Knapsack Institute. An Intensive Three Day Summer Institute Focused on Social Justice Pedagogy held at UCCS campus. It is open to all.l There are usually several staff members for which the University pays the training fee. Description: As our nation becomes increasingly diverse, it is imperative to have the understanding and resources to effectively navigate discussions about diversity and inequality in the classroom and workplace. The Knapsack Institute is designed for individuals at the beginning to intermediate stages of this journey, as well as those seeking to refresh their approach and embrace intersectional strategies. The Institute is designed for all educators (k-12; higher education; workshop facilitators, etc.). The Sustainability Office presents on Climate Justice each year at the Institute.

Sustainnovate is a day and a half event to education members of UCCS about selected issues of sustainability. Past topics have included, food, transportation, climate, and water.

The Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP) helps current leaders become more effective at managing key challenges of a dynamic CU system. ELP brings together employees from across the four campuses and the CU System. Program participants
attend monthly workshops that focus on different topics including communication, fiscal management and strategic thinking.

Greening of the Office http://www.uccs.edu/sustain/get-involved/goto.html
The purpose of Greening of the Office (GOTO) is to identify opportunities to improve building occupant comfort and provide a better work environment for employees while assisting in reducing measurable energy use and GHG emissions from user conservation behavior. Faculty and staff members engage in a GOTO survey. Departmental summary results will be posted to the Department Scores web page. Furthermore, suggestions are made for departmental improvement.

For each individual and department who completes the GOTO survey will receive a sign with the GOTO logo to be displayed in their office, indicating their successful participation in the program which encourages participants to continue striving toward more sustainable habits. Employee's awareness about becoming more sustainable have increased which can be demonstrated via an increase of inquiries.

After participating in GOTO, faculty and staff receive a sign to display in their office. Employees are encouraged to set an example to others regarding resource conservation and provide whatever knowledge they can share with others in their department and building.
Most positions within Auxiliary Services have sustainability in the yearly performance plans. This is a topic that must be addressed and achievements highlighted on a yearly basis.

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):

AASHE Conference (2017) - UCCS supported Sustainability Office staff to attend.
Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference (2017) also was supported for one staff and one faculty. One staff and 3 students were supported for the Post Landfill Action Network conference (2017).
Staff Extra-Enrichment and Development Subsidy,SEEDS. This program contributes awards up to $200, per fiscal year, to staff members interested in participating in or seeking professional development. These have been awarded for staff attending sustainability conferences almost every year.
Sustainability in the Curriculum - 2017, Colorado College. 1 staff and one faculty attended from UCCS. Through ongoing efforts, the Colorado College Office of Sustainability and AASHE® are working to incorporate sustainability learning objectives broadly across the curriculum. The Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop is designed to help faculty develop an outline or course module that broadens the sustainability course offerings at their institution.

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:

Sustainability is included in many performance reviews for Facilities staff. Auxiliary Services staff are encouraged to report sustainability progress each year before evaluation.


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