|Submission Date||May 29, 2015|
University of Virginia
EN-8: Staff Professional Development
Sustainability Coordinator, Outreach and Engagement
Office for Sustainability
Does the institution make available training and/or other professional development opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year?:
A brief description of the sustainability trainings and professional development opportunities available to staff :
Sustainability at U.Va.: You Can Make a Positive Difference is a tool for those who want to embrace green practices in the workplace and home. The 45-minute online program defines sustainability, highlights current efforts, and offers tips on adopting environmentally friendly practices. University employees can view and sign-up for the program within Employee Self-Service in the Integrated System.
Sustainability Partners actively engages U.Va. employees in cultivating a community that embraces sustainable stewardship and practices. Sustainability Partners advocate and promote initiatives that reduce energy and water use, minimize waste, promote community, and enhance well-being. Through monthly meetings and collaborative efforts, Sustainability Partners research innovative practices and develop strategies for creating a more sustainable workplace and community.
In addition, the University supports employee career development, including education, vocational and professional development. Educational and career development opportunities encourage growth and commitment from employees, often resulting in greater engagement, enhanced capabilities and improved performance. The University also offers $2000 per employee per calendar year in tuition benefits for academic and related coursework, including vocational and professional development opportunities. Education Benefits may be used for academic degrees or courses at UVa and other accredited institutions, and non-credit courses, certificates and licenses at UVa and other education providers.
The flexibility of UVa's education benefits allow employees to pursue coursework in any area of interest. For employees interested in sustainability, significant sustainability-related coursework exists at UVa and employees may also pursue external coursework and professional development opportunities.
The percentage of staff that participated in training and/or other professional development opportunities in sustainability during the previous year:
The website URL where information about staff training opportunities in sustainability is available: