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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 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year?:

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

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):

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

NMSU recognizes the value of training personnel to perform their assigned duties and offering professional development to encourage growth and development in their field or in other areas of interest. These are critical to employee performance, job satisfaction, and longevity. NMSU has two primary departments charged with providing training and professional development to its employees: The Teaching Academy which primarily develops faculty, and the Center for Learning & Professional Development which primarily trains and develops Staff. The Teaching Academy conducted 150 professional development events during the academic year 2012 with 1000 faculty and staff attending, 300 attending 10 or more events. The Center for Learning & Professional Development conducted 295 classes in fiscal year 2012 with 3224 staff and faculty attending.

The Teaching Academy offers short courses, classroom visitations, teaching conferences, and teaching newsletters to support teachers, enhance learning, and build community. The Office of Sustainability is working with the Teaching Academy to develop training on sustainability and has monthly speakers at their Sustainability Council meeting to educate the campus and Las Cruces community. The Center for Learning & Professional Development offers face-to-face training and development, online learning courses, and one-on-one training. The department coordinates training and professional development initiatives for other departments on campus and consults with departments on organizational development initiatives.

NMSU is actively working toward full compliance with New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) focused on loss prevention and control. This initiative focuses on the reduction of employment related civil rights violations through education and training; reduced injuries through training, oversight, and increased supervisor involvement; and increased job training and information conducted by supervisors. Additionally, NMSU promotes on-the-job training for new employees by department supervisors to ensure that employees receive critical training on their job duties to help promote a shorter learning curve, improved job satisfaction, and increased longevity. In order to support this, NMSU is completing detailed Job Task Analyses on key job families to ensure supervision has the needed information to conduct on-the-job training.

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):

AASHE conference (2014 - 2016) The sustainability manager gave presentations at each of these conferences.
AUA (Association of University Architects) annual conference 2016 - the university architect spoke on sustainability successes at NMSU
APPA (Association of Physical Plant Administrators) - NMSU won the APPA Award For Excellence" in 2016 and the successes of the Office of Sustainability was a part of this achieving this award.
The university pays for our Design and Construction Project Managers to become LEED certified.

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) :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Additional website for training opportunities: http://teaching.nmsu.edu/

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.