Oregon State University

Employee Development

For more detail, please see OSU Climate Plan page 37.

GOAL 1: A complete and comprehensive inventory of existing employee development opportunities that move OSU toward climate neutrality is up to date and available online.

Annual Progress Summary

Strategy Implementation Start Point
Progress Indicator
FY10 Progress
1. Research existing employee development opportunities and verify connections with climate neutrality goals.  FY11  Number of employee development opportunities  N/A

Goal 1 Progress Detail

Strategy 1: FY10 Activities

This strategy is scheduled to begin in FY11.

Strategy 1: FY11 Planned Activities

  1. Contact the following OSU departments, and others who offer training to at-large OSU employees, to obtain sample content of existing training activities:
    • Training and Professional Development
    • Community and Diversity
    • Faculty Senate
    • Academic Dean's offices, as appropriate
  2. Examine content for climate-related connections

 

GOAL 2: As it relates to their field(s) of expertise and to issues of institutional sustainability, faculty and staff have adequate training and professional development opportunities around issues of climate and sustainability. Linked with Classroom Experience Goal 1, Strategy 4.

Annual Progress Summary

Strategy Implementation Start Point
Progress Indicator
FY10 Progress
1. Create a fund and allocation process for faculty development and training on sustainability principles relevant to faculty’s field of expertise or study or that supports employees’ volunteer activities.  FY11 Number of  training activities funded N/A

Goal 2 Progress Detail

Strategy 1: FY10 Activities

This strategy is is scheduled to begin in FY11.

Strategy 1: FY11 Planned Activities

  1. Discuss with university leadership creation of a centralized fund that finances employee training on climate and sustainability issues that are relevant to individual faculty members' fields of expertise or study.  Research what funding models exist and to what extent centralization and open solicitation can occur.
  2. Benchmark against other universities to research best practices around institutional incentives for employee volunteering and civic engagement.


GOAL 3: Faculty and staff actions in the workplace support OSU’s institutional movement toward climate neutrality.

Annual Progress Summary

Strategy Implementation Start Point
Metric FY10 Progress Indicator
1. Increase employee awareness of possible workplace sustainability practices as well as the resources (people, training, tools, etc) available to employees that will help them operate their workplaces in ways that reduce climate emissions.  FY10 Number of engagement programs and employees engaged +
2. Partner with other organizations to offer low cost training options.   FY11  Number of training programs and employees trained  N/A

Goal 3 Progress Detail

Strategy 1: FY10 Activities

OSU offered new and continued a number of existing programs aimed at increasing employee awareness of climate issues in the workplace.

  1. Numerous employees were engaged in the following events and activities:
    • Training Days
    • University Day
    • Finance & Admin Picnic
    • Beaver Community Fair
    • da Vinci Days
    • Building Managers Meetings
  2. A signature program of the OSU Sustainability Office, the Building Sustainability Audits program, performed five audits of campus buildingsApproximately 46 individual employees were engaged in this activity, up from approximately 44 in FY09.  Outreach is ongoing to campus units inviting them to request an audit.
  3. Six campus buildings participated in the first annual Building Energy Challenge, a highly successful event that resulted in over $1,100 of electrical savings between 5 buildings in on month.

Strategy 1: FY11 Planned Activities

Unless noted otherwise, FY10 activities above are intended to continue for FY11.

  1. Expand data sources for Goal 2 Strategy 1 to units other than the OSU Sustainability Office.  Include units like Campus Recycling that provide employee training on core sustainability principles. If needed, assist other units with methods to capture data for metrics.
  2. Expanding the Building Energy Challenge to at least 10 buildings.
  3. Continue expanding the Sustainability Advocates program, targeting 100 advocates by the end of FY11.  As part of the Advocates program, create a "sustainable solutions" type award to recognize faculty and staff for notable sustainability activities in their units.
  4. Maintain relationships with the following OSU employee organizations to improve employee awareness:
    • Association of Office Professionals
    • Professional Faculty Leadership Association
    • Faculty Senate
    • TRIAD Faculty Club
    • labor unions

Strategy 2: FY10 Activities

This strategy is scheduled to begin in FY11.

Strategy 2: FY11 Planned Activities

  1. Use Oregon Department of Administrative Services electronic training modules for employee training
  2. Pilot use of Northwest Earth Institute's Sustainable Systems at Work discussion course.  Use incentives as necessary to get employees involved.

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