Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.76
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Brad Spanbauer
Campus Sustainability Officer
Campus Sustainability Office
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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:
Training is offered at the annual University Staff Professional Development Day. The training can take on different forms each year - info sessions about recycling, campus operations related to sustainability such as tours, or life skills like how to compost at home have been some of the topics covered. This year due to COVID, staff are being provided with an informational card that gives them resources to use for how to be more sustainable or how to get more involved with sustainability on campus.

Gardening Program
As part of the faculty and staff wellness initiatives, the Gardening Program will engage interested employees in assisting to enhance the beautification of campus (Oshkosh, Fox Valley, and Fond du Lac). This would be voluntary and include activities such as dead heading plants, weeding designated areas, seed collection, planting, and dividing plants.

UWO Community Engagement
There are many ways that UWO engages the community around us. Check out some activities, trainings, and events that may be happening right at your door.
Oshkosh Community Events: https://uwosh.edu/community-and-visitors/
Fox Cities Community Events: https://uwosh.edu/fox/community/
Fond du Lac Campus Community Events: https://uwosh.edu/fdl/community/

Leadership Development Program
Each year, approximately 25-30 University Staff members are selected to participate in workshops covering skills such as self-management, change adaptation, effective communication, work environments, problem-solving and leadership. The program culminates with a celebration gathering for participants, supervisors and includes all the presenters.

A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution :
Introduction to Sustainability
"Sustainability is a goal, a way of life, and a way of thinking about the world. Many companies have adopted sustainability as part of their corporate culture and mission. This training will help you understand what is meant by sustainability, how to evaluate whether an action helps achieve sustainability, and the common myths around sustainability. You will also be introduced to systems thinking which is a way of evaluating choices that is very useful in the area of sustainability. We intend for this training to be used by individuals looking for a basic introduction to the field, students taking classes about sustainability, and employees whose companies want them to understand and engage in sustainability.

Based on this training, the ability to understand and implement foundational sustainability efforts is now available to a wide array of audiences. This training is offered online and includes a competency evaluation and certificate of completion process. This training is instrumental for developing more sustainable, efficient and profitable businesses, organizations, agencies and individuals through well-trained, competent staff."


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:

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