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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.

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Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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University of Florida
PAE-21: Sustainability in Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Stephanie Sims
Implementation Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that are focused on or related to sustainability?:
Yes

Number of sustainability continuing education courses offered :
398

Total number of continuing education courses offered:
881

Does the institution have a sustainability-related certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:
Yes

A brief description of the certificate program:

The University of Florida Center for Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF/TREEO) offers open-enrollment courses, online programs and customized training. During the course of a year more than 300 environmental training courses are offered. Courses are presented in each of the following topic areas; Air Quality/Mold, Asbestos Abatement, Backflow Prevention, Engineering, Field Sampling, GIS, Greenhouse Gases, Hazardous Materials and Waste, Health and Safety, Lead Abatement, LEED Courses, Online Courses, Solid Waste, Train-the-Trainer, Water and Wastewater, and Water Conservation Training.

Since all of the courses offered through UF/TREEO focus on providing continuing education for individuals in environmental occupations, they can all be considered as sustainability focused courses. UF/TREEO does offer a few courses that are specifically related to sustainability these are:
• Agriculture and Forestry GHG Accounting
• Carbon Markets, Offsets & Project Level GHG Accounting
• Greenhouse Gas Accounting
• Greenhouse Gas Recovery at Solid Waste Landfills
• Green Building Fundamentals for the LEED Green Associate
• LEED-AP BD&C Overview & Exam Preparation
• Fundamentals & Tools: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance
• LEED-AP O+M Overview and Exam Preparation

UF/TREEO also provides consultation and training on Environmental Management Systems as requested.
In the spring of 2009, UF/TREEO began the development of a water conservation coordinator certification training program. The certificate program model was decided upon to recognize and give validity to the individuals that complete the entire series of eight courses and pass the competencies associated with each course.

The certification program is comprised of eight courses, four basic and four advanced. Six of the courses are offered online, the first and fourth courses are face-to-face courses, a few of the courses will include a field study and all courses have quizzes and conclude with a final exam that must be passed with a 70% accuracy. Upon successful completion of the program individuals will be certified Water Conservation Practitioners.


Year the certificate program was created:
2,009

The website URL where information about sustainability in continuing education courses is available :

Reported numbers are through the Division of Continuing Education (http://www.dce.ufl.edu). Some colleges on campus manage their own continuing education programs and do not report them centrally.

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.