|Submission Date||March 6, 2020|
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training
|1.25 / 2.00||
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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:
The Brandywine Project at West Chester University has organized seven Staff Sustainability Workshops, the first in June 2017 and occurring each fall and spring semester since then (the next will be held in April 2020). The half-day workshops are open to all staff members and, to date, has been attended by over 95. The workshop includes educational, interactive, and networking sessions to develop shared and sustained engagement in university sustainability initiatives.
A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution :
West Chester University provides access to LinkedIn Learning to all employees (faculty and non-academic) which includes multiple online recorded courses related to sustainability (LEED Certification, Green Building Concepts, Understanding Sustainability, and more). In addition, professional development funds are made available to staff and some staff members and faculty use such funds for conferences and trainings sponsored by AASHE, Second Nature, Post-Landfill Action Network, and other sustainability-related organizations.
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 :
Managers' goal setting and appraisals tie goals/objectives to the strategic plan. Since "Sustainability" is one of the five strategic priorities, managers whose roles directly or indirectly relate to this priority are assessed on their performance and results. Managers in the Office of Sustainability and some Managers in Facilities, Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs have responsibilities for attaining strategic priorities and would be included in this group. Other staff and faculty performance reviews do not specifically address sustainability.
Website URL where information about staff professional development and training in sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Brandywine Project Staff Sustainability workshops have been organized by planning committees composed of faculty and staff (in June 2017, led by Geography Professor Joy Fritschle, and in March 2018 and thereafter, led by Bradley Flamm, Director of the Office of Sustainability). For the more recent offering, registration was coordinated by Human Resources (Scott Sherman) who managed the process through the PASSHE Academy website (http://www.passheacademyregister.com/cgi-bin/hr_train-reg.cgi?3&1237). (Bradley Flamm, 2/28/20)