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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 Gold
Overall Score 67.06
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Columbia University
EN-8: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Allie Schwartz
Assistant Manager
Environmental Stewardship
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Does the institution make available training and/or other professional development opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability trainings and professional development opportunities available to staff :

Several sustainability training opportunities are available to all employees:
EH&S offers training and certifications Laboratory Safety, Chemical Hygiene, Hazardous Waste Management, Biosafety, and Radiation Safety.
Whole Business Ethics for Managers is an on-line learning program with several sustainability course offerings.

Environmental Stewardship works with any faculty, staff, student, or department interested in receiving training on sustainability issues from recycling, energy efficiency and more. Columbia offered a LEED intro course to all interested employees for free to learn more about the LEED green building process.

All job positions must be openly posted; internal mobility policy or managing staff lateral transfers and promotions-guidelines that allow all jobs posted, and promote people from job to job.

The University provides a 100% tuition exemption option for employees that have worked at Columbia for 2 years, and a discount for those who have worked under two years for all sustainability related degrees (including the MS in Sustainability Management, Certificate in Sustainability Analytics, and the Certificate in Sustainable Water Management) These programs can be taken part-time and in the evening after business hours. There is also reduced tuition for CERC certificate courses and tuition reimbursement options for employees.

Community outreach at the employment center that is located in Manhattanville to aid the local community in finding jobs primarily at Columbia but also within the local area (especially construction jobs at Columbia that are LEED projects). The Employment Center also provides skills training and computer resources. Further, Columbia HR provides 4 job fairs a year to the community, training out of the center to be job ready, offer the skills on-line training at Columbia also to local residents with about~2000 courses available.

Job readiness training programs that Columbia sponsors to point people towards their desired career path.

Additional Information:
Community: http://community-jobs.columbia.edu/
EH&S Training: http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/TrainingSchedule.html
Continuing Education: http://ce.columbia.edu/sustainability-management
Tuition Benefits: http://hr.columbia.edu/benefits/tuition


The percentage of staff that participated in training and/or other professional development opportunities in sustainability during the previous year:
10

The website URL where information about staff training opportunities in sustainability is available:

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.