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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 58.11
Liaison Melissa Tier
Submission Date April 19, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Swarthmore College
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Aurora Winslade
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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):
25-49%

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

- Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind: Covanta Incinerator Site Visit (27 attendees)
- Understanding the Carbon Charge (18 attendees)
- Food for Thought- Community Shared Agriculture & Local Farm Share Opportunities (34 attendees)
- Facilitating Meetings that Matter (39 attendees)
- Sustainability & Reducing Your Environmental Footprint (15 attendees)
- Sustainability at Home- What Can I Do? (36 attendees)
- Understanding Sustainability at Swarthmore (37 attendees) - Managing Conflict: Why Can't We All Just Get Along
- Ethical Blind Spots: Why We Often Fail To Do the Right Thing, Even When We Want To
- Common Ground:  How to Listen and Breakdown Age Barriers in the Workplace
- Recognizing and Addressing Micro aggressions


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):

1. Office of Sustainability sent Contracts and Purchasing Manager, Cindy Urick, to a conference on sustainable purchasing.

2. A institutional changemaking workshop was led by Leith Sharp. Sharp is a thought leader in organizational design and change management for sustainability. This workshop brings together faculty, staff, and students to engage in hands-on activities, as well as short lectures and case studies on understanding change at the institutional level.


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) :
75% or more

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information provided by Zenobia Hargust, Director, Equal Opportunity and Engagement; Deputy Title IX Coordinator, [email protected], 610-328-8398.

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.