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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 45.51
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Nov. 6, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Waterloo
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Andrea Bale
Sustainability Engagement Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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):
1-24%

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

Waterloo launched its Sustainability Certificate in 2018. Run by the Sustainability Office, this is a 7 workshop series that introduces employees to various concepts and issues around sustainability, including an introductory module, energy and climate, transportation, food, waste, and biodiversity modules, and a capstone module on leadership, behaviour change, and change management. Each module begins with a high-level discussion of the issue in question (i.e. Climate Change), and then filters down to local, institutional, and personal actions, approaches, and resources. The Certificate is open for any employee to complete at their own pace as course offerings permit.


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):
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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) :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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In addition to the Sustainability Certificate, the Sustainability Office holds a session each year as part of the annual Staff Conference, highlighting a particular sustainability topic, theme, or resource that would be of interest to employees. In 2016, the focus was on the Green Office Program, in 2017 it was on sustainable food choices in collaboration with the campus dietitian, and in 2018 it was on the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

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.