Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.03
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2019

STARS v2.2

Wesleyan University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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:
1-24%

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

Wesleyan's Human Resources launched a formal professional development program in Fall 2019. The Sustainability Office offered two programs in Fall 2019, one on energy and heating and a second on commuting sustainably. These workshops were open to all faculty and staff. Spring 2020 workshop are planned to focus on recycling and zero waste, as well as additional transportation training.

Full descriptions:
Let’s Get Comfortable: Eco-tips and Creating Comfort in Your (Sometimes Drafty) Office Environment
Join Wesleyan’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprint! In this workshop, you’ll learn more about the big picture and what Wesleyan is doing to address climate change. We’ll expand your knowledge of energy and give you strategies for staying warm (including alternatives to space heaters).

Alternative Ways to Get to Work
Larry Laconi of CTrides (a program of CT DOT) will lead this workshop to familiarize Wesleyan employees with the myriad options for commuting to Wesleyan, including bus (Middletown Area Transit local routes, M-Link to Meriden, Hartford Line), carpool, and vanpool. In this session, you will learn how to take the bus (it’s not as overwhelming as you might think), how to use rideshare apps to find carpool matches, and how your health and happiness can benefit.

Recycling 101 and Getting to Zero Waste
If you’re regularly flummoxed by the ever-changing and complicated recycling rules, come learn about what and how to recycle on campus (and in Connecticut overall), including Wesleyan’s many alternative recycling programs for plastic bags, batteries, pens, and more. In this session, we will also discuss ways to reduce waste and opportunities for composting on campus and the new concept of “zero waste.”


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

CTrides, a program of CT DOT, partnered with the Sustainability Office to run the tranportation-focused workshop in November 2019.


Estimated percentage of regular non-academic staff for which sustainability is included in performance reviews:
75% or more

A brief description of how sustainability is included in staff performance reviews :
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Website URL where information about staff professional development and training in sustainability is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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