Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.84
Liaison Andrew Horning
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Michigan
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Andrew Horning
Managing Director
Graham Sustainability Institute
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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:

Planet Blue Ambassadors - All U-M staff are encouraged to become campus sustainability leaders through the Planet Blue Ambassadors online certification program. The Planet Blue Ambassador training is divided into 5 sections, each focusing on an important sustainability topic: Energy, Water, Food, Waste, and Community. The training can be completed online or in-person and covers why these are topics are important and what an individual can do at home and at the university to reduce their impact. The online training includes interactive learning activities as well as suggestions of ways to get involved, as well as information about U-M’s goals and progress to date. The in-person trainings include time when participants are asked to discuss what they could do to live more-sustainably. Each Ambassador, whether they complete the training online or in-person, is also asked to make at least one sustainability pledge in each of the 5 sustainability topics. The training is formally recognized by the University. University President Mark Schlissel is a Planet Blue Ambassador.

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

Due to the decentralized nature of the university's organization, there is no central coordination of external professional development; instead, it is coordinated at a unit level. However, all university staff members, with supervisor approval, are strongly encouraged to select career and professional development programs that enhance both current performance and professional growth. These programs include many within the sustainability field such as conferences, presentations, and workshops organized by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, ASHEE, the Center for Biological Diversity, My Green Lab, College and University Recycling Coalition, Food Solutions New England, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Energy Star/DOE, State of Michigan Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, Campus As Lab group, Sustainability Communicators group, etc.

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 :

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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