|Submission Date||Feb. 21, 2018|
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
EN-9: Staff Professional Development
|1.25 / 2.00||
Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor
Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year?:
Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (the rate of employee participation in sustainability professional development and training)?:
Estimated percentage of regular staff (full-time and part-time) that participates annually in sustainability professional development and training that is either provided or supported by the institution (0, 1-24%, 25-49%, 50-74%, 75% or more):
A brief description of any internal sustainability professional development and training opportunities that the institution makes available to staff:
Several opportunities for staff development exist at UWRF. One of those programs is the Series on Excellence and Innovation (SIE) which is a series of events highlighting various aspects of campus and the goals of each of those areas. In 2017, there was a specific SIE event on "Campus Landscaping, Sustainability, Faculty Research and Teaching, Greenhouse".
UWRF hosted a TEDx event on campus in 2015 with speakers focusing on social justice, overcoming adversity, and sustainable business practices.
It is important to note that there are many more opportunities for faculty and staff on campus to engage in sustainability through notable visitor presentations, collaborative research, student life activities that cater to the wider campus community, as well as all the diverse ways campus is used as a living laboratory.
The Office of Sustainability offers training out to all faculty and staff. Topics for training include waste minimization and current sustainability initiatives.
A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution(e.g. through payment, reimbursement, or subsidy):
UWRF also sends faculty and staff to the annual AASHE Conference each year. Fortunately, due to the conference being hosted in Minneapolis in 2015, UWRF was able to send a larger delegation consisting of 10 faculty and 3 staff. In 2016, 5 faculty and 1 staff member were able to attend with 3 of them attending pre-conference workshops as well. In 2017, 2 faculty and 1 staff member were able to attend.
Four UWRF employees also attended a summer workshop on "Sustainability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Minnesota. The Sustainability Faculty Fellows also have a pot of money available to help fund professional development opportunities such as this.
Estimated percentage of regular staff (full-time and part-time) for which sustainability is included in performance reviews (0, 1-24%, 25-49%, 50-74%, 75% or more) :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission: