|Submission Date||March 6, 2020|
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
EN-9: Staff Professional Development
|1.25 / 2.00||
Institution makes available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year.
Institution’s regular (full-time and part-time) staff participate in sustainability professional development and training opportunities that are either provided or supported by the institution.
For both Part 1 and Part 2 of this credit, the opportunities may be provided internally (e.g. by departments or by the sustainability office) or externally as long as they are specific to sustainability. The opportunities may include:
- Training to integrate sustainability knowledge and skills into the workplace.
- Lifelong learning and continuing education in sustainability.
- Sustainability accreditation and credential maintenance (e.g. LEED AP/GA).
This credit focuses on formal professional development and training opportunities, for example as delivered by trainers, managers, sustainability staff, and external organizations. Peer-to-peer educator programs and employee outreach campaigns are recognized in the Employee Educators Program and Outreach Campaign credits, respectively and should only be reported in this credit if such programs are formally recognized by the institution as professional development and training, for example in employee performance reviews.
For an external professional development and training opportunity to count, the institution must offer financial or other support (e.g. payment, reimbursement, or subsidy).
This credit applies to staff members only; it does not include faculty members. Faculty professional development in sustainability is recognized in the Incentives for Developing Courses credit in Curriculum.
This credit applies to all institutions.
Each part is scored independently.
An institution earns 1 point by making available sustainability professional development and training opportunities to all staff members at least once a year. Partial points are not available for Part 1.
An institution earns the maximum of 1 point available for Part 2 of this credit when 75 percent or more of regular (full-time and part-time) staff participate annually in sustainability professional development and training that is either provided or supported by the institution. Partial points are available based on the percentage of regular employees that participates, as follows:
Estimated percentage of regular staff that participates annually in sustainability professional development and training
1 – 24%
25 – 49%
50 – 74%
75% or more
Report on current program status and offerings and professional development and training activities that occurred within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission. Institutions may choose to report professional development and training activities from one, two, or three years, as long as both the total number of staff and the number of staff participating are measured during the same period.
Sampling and Data Standards
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.