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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.57
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date June 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Cleveland State University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year?:
Yes

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (the rate of employee participation in sustainability professional development and training)?:
Yes

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):
1-24%

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

CSU employees can utilize staff development funds for professional development courses and training.

The Professional Development Center at Monte Ahuja College of Business and the Maxine Levin Goodman College of Urban Affairs offer a variety of courses in sustainability.

Sustainability Reporting
What makes a good sustainability report? Why do companies spend time developing non-financial disclosures? Who really cares about a company’s social and environmental activities anyway? This course teaches the difference between high quality disclosure and greenwashing and the difference between companies who get value from reporting and those that do not. This course is provided in partnership with Brown Flynn, a women-owned corporate sustainability and governance firm headquartered in Cleveland.

Lean Principles
The core idea is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Simply, lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources. Eliminating waste along entire value streams, instead of at isolated points, creates processes that need less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make products and services at far less costs and with much fewer defects, compared with traditional business systems.

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
This course will present a 36-hour curriculum designed to attain the Six Sigma Green Belt certification. It will develop the strategic role of Six Sigma within an organization, the cultural shifts that may occur, the phases of a Six Sigma project, procedures for developing a Six Sigma project plan, project success factors, and the completion of a Six Sigma project.

Thinking Lean
This simulation is designed to give each participant an experiential understanding of the effects of changes in the workplace. Participants test which changes work best: increased inventory, overtime, pull vs. push system, large and small batches, balanced workloads and more. It positions the participants to manage their own work in such a way as to create more capacity, reduce cost and improve the quality of their product.


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):

CSU employees can utilize staff development funds for professional development courses and training.

The Professional Development Center at Monte Ahuja College of Business supports professional development and training opportunities in sustainability offered through external partners including the following courses:

LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep & Study Group

LEED v4 Accredited Professional for Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance Exam Prep & Study Group

LEED v4 Green Associate Exam Prep & Study Group

Embracing Sustainability in the Workplace (online)
It’s a smart business practice and the right thing to do. Find out how to implement sustainability solutions for your workplace. Gain practical information for yourself and your employees to begin on Monday morning. Brand your organization in the world of environmental stewardship. Your instructors will detail and deliver practical approaches and applications toward implementing sustainability with guidance in planning procedures. Take back practical tips on operating your indoor environments to consider air, water, lighting, fitness, nutrition, mind and comfort. For anyone pursuing a career in a company or in government where there is an effort to build awareness and to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of environmental stewardship and overall social responsibility.


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) :
1-24%

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.