Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.17
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date May 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Kay-Lynn Yacoboski
Sustainability Intern
Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability
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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:
50-74%

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

UVic provides several opportunities to its non-academic staff in the way of professional development and training on various topics of sustainability.

•The UVic office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement provides mandatory training sessions to all UVic staff known as:
o Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training (ICAT): a two hour face to face presentation and discussion on various topics of Indigenous culture aimed at making UVic a better place for Indigenous students,community members, faculty and staff. The first training module provides foundational information about the colonial context (historical and current) of Indigenous people in Canada. Other modules of this program are currently in development and will be offered to all staff upon their completion.

•UVic Human Resources provides training in Health and Wellbeing
o Training empowers employees to support each other as well as maintain their own health and wellbeing. This program actively encourages practices of inclusion, respect, wellness, accessibility, safety and accommodation in order to provide the basis of UVic’s healthy university community.

•The Equity and Human Rights office at UVic provides training and support by
o Offering educational sessions and workshops on topics such as human rights, Discrimination and Harassment Policy, inclusivity, and intersectionality.

•The Connect U Conference, held over two days and free to all UVic staff, is offered every two years. It targets non-academic staff specifically and provides training on sustainability topics to UVic employees through presentations, workshops, activities and tours. Some examples include:
o Buses, bikes and walking shoes – a workshop hosted by the Campus Planning and Sustainability team in which participants explore how to make the most sustainable transportation choice when commuting to and from UVic
o Ivy pull in Mystic Vale: an activity in which participants had the opportunity to work with members of the Greater Victoria Green Team as well as the UVic Sustainability Office to restore a section of the forest while learning about the harm of invasive species and continued plans of management for sensitive environments on campus.
o Underwater noise in the Salish Sea and its impact: an informational session in which participants learn of the impact man-made underwater noise has on marine animals. This is applied to the Salish Sea as a local setting and the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales are used as a case study.

•Ideafest is the University of Victoria’s week-long festival of research, art and innovation in which there are over 30 events to learn from available to UVic staff, students and faculty as well as members of the Greater Victoria community. In 2019 Ideafest featured the exchange of ideas on key issues such as climate change, Indigenous law and human rights, innovations in research and science communication and the role of technology across sectors.


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

The UVic Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability participates in BC Hydro’s Energy Wise Network which provides opportunities for staff with ongoing training and education in energy conservation through training summits, introductory sessions, interactive webinars, and internal sustainability programs. Learning outcomes focus on sustainability and energy conservation practices that are applicable to both employee’s work and home environments, and in day-to-day activities.

Other external professional development training that is supported by UVic includes workshops on cycling skills and safety training presented by the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society. These workshops are made available to UVic staff through the sponsorship agreement between UVic and the Bike to Work Society. In these sessions, participants are provided with the skills they need to encourage them to choose cycling over driving to campus.


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