Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Amir Nadav
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of St. Thomas
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Krysten Edwards
Talent Development Specialist
Human Resources
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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?:
Yes

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (the rate of staff participation in sustainability professional development and training)?:
Yes

Estimated percentage of regular, non-academic staff that participates annually in sustainability professional development and training:
1-24%

A brief description of any internal sustainability professional development and training opportunities that the institution makes available to non-academic staff:

Human Resources created a Sustainability Series in partnership with the Office of Sustainability Initiatives. The series launched in 2020 and included a total of six sessions throughout the year. The series covered topics such as the findings from the University's first STARS assessment, the University's sustainability strategic plan, recycling and composting, the University's carbon neutrality goal, and environmental justice. Participants who attend at least three sessions can receive a certificate.


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

The University supports employee participation in a variety of external sustainability professional development and training opportunities through its institutional memberships with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Second Nature, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and the Intentional Endowments Network. In recent years, employees have attended webinars, workshops, and conferences hosted by these organizations.


Estimated percentage of regular non-academic staff for which sustainability is included in performance reviews:
75% or more

A brief description of how sustainability is included in staff performance reviews :

During the performance assessment process the employee and the manager review the employee’s mastery of key competencies and progress towards completion of performance goals for the year. The university includes sustainability in the assessment of the key competencies of diversity and integrity.

The following statement appears in the diversity competency: "Actions demonstrate a commitment to equity, justice, and sustainability."

The following statement appears in the integrity competency: "Takes actions that support institutional priorities related to sustainability."


Website URL where information about staff professional development and training in sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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