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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 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
PAE-13: Staff Professional Development in Sustainability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shannon Ross
Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution make training and professional development opportunities in sustainability available to all staff?:
Yes

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

The Green Office Network is the primary faculty and staff sustainability engagement program at GW. The Office of Sustainability helps facilitate a conversation around best practices among the university faculty and staff through this program.

Purpose of the Program
•To better understand office behavior and practices on a day-to-day basis
•To foster a discussion about how to improve sustainability on the individual and departmental level
•To improve awareness, build a sense of community, and empower staff to make positive, healthy changes

How it Works
•Offices sign up to participate
•A member of the Green Office team conducts a short, fun workshop with the office
•At the meeting, the office learns about sustainability challenges, areas for improvement and has the opportunity to ask any questions about sustainability at GW
•At the conclusion of the workshop, the team sets goals for the office
(Sample goal: Increase recycling rates, ensure that all lights are off at the end of the day, set all printing defaults to double-sided)

GW is currently creating a certification program, whereby offices will be rated on how sustainable they are currently and will be encouraged to make improvements to reach a higher certification level. This program will be piloted in 2014.

Additionally, as part of GW's annual Celebration of Excellence Conference, the Office of Sustainability contributes content to conference sessions. In November 2013, the Office of Sustainability gave a presentation on "9 Steps You Can Take to be More Sustainable at Work," which was attended by close to 100 employees.


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

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