Staff Professional Development

For details about this credit, including the criteria, reporting timeframe, applicability, scoring, and more, please review the full credit language.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between professional development training and a peer educators program or an outreach campaign?

Professional development training programs are formally recognized by the institution as professional development and training, for example in employee performance reviews. Peer-to-peer educator programs and employee outreach campaigns are counted under the Employee Educators Program and Outreach Campaign credits, respectively and should only be reported in this credit if such programs meet the criteria linked above.

Do informal sustainability training programs count for this credit?

This credit focuses on formal professional development and training opportunities, for example as delivered by trainers, managers, sustainability staff, and external organizations. Informal programs are not sufficient.

Templates & Tools

Example Responses

  • Cornell University – Solid responses in all sections. Institution has recently incorporated Sustainability into every staff member’s job description!
  • University of Michigan – Great example of a sustainability-focused employee training program that has top-level support from the president!

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • This credit focuses on formal professional development and training opportunities, for example as delivered by trainers, managers, sustainability staff, the Human Resources office or external organizations. Informal programs are not sufficient.
  • Peer-to-peer educator programs and employee outreach campaigns are recognized in the Employee Educators Program and Outreach Campaign credits, respectively and should only be reported in this credit if such programs are formally recognized by the institution as professional development and training, for example in employee performance reviews.

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