The University of Georgia Costa Rica 2014-2015 Sustainability Report UGA Costa Rica 2014 - 2015 Sustainability Report - Page 28

Education and Training GOAL: By 2011, develop and implement a sustainability training program for the UGA Costa Rica campus staff. Campus General Manager Fabricio Camacho leads the employee sustainability training program by example. Fabricio, who has a degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Management and a degree in Environmental Leadership and Management, has been General Manager since 2005. Since then, he has developed a comprehensive method of training employees in the art of sustainability. In order to stay up to date on local and national sustainability issues, Fabricio regularly attends conferences and workshops at institutions such as EARTH University and University of Costa Rica. Each staff member on campus undergoes the sustainability training program. Quarterly staff meetings provide updates on new initiatives on campus and reminders of ongoing policies regarding water and energy consumption, equipment and waste management, and the protection of biodiversity. Furthermore, all staff members are encouraged to devise their own sustainability related initiatives and projects, providing an added sense of accountability amongst the employees. An additional benefit of this is that these ideas often spill over into the local community, magnifying the impact of the campus training program. The housekeeping, cooking, and maintenance departments can all promote sustainability in different ways, and need to be trained accordingly, with the head of each department receiving specific training. For example, the housekeeping department air dries sheets instead of using a drying machine. The maintenance department always attempts to reuse materials. The cooking department takes a detailed approach to cooking an appropriate amount of food based on the number of individuals at a meal. 36 28 UGA Costa Rica offers courses representing 36 different disciplines within the University of Georgia. University of Georgia Costa Rica GOAL: Develop talks, activities, and written materials and make these accessible to diverse audiences to teach about UGA Costa Rica sustainability initiatives, challenges, and opportunities for involvement Information about the sustainability efforts on campus is disseminated in a number of ways. Each sustainability report is made available through the UGA Costa Rica website, in addition to distributing printed copies. Created in 2010, the UGACR blog, www.ugacostarica.wordpress.com, includes a wide variety of posts and educational videos incorporating activities both on and around campus. Guests are educated about campus sustainability initiatives during orientation. Dr. Quint Newcomer, UGA Costa Rica Director, regularly presents talks about campus initiatives at conferences and serves as a guest lecturer for both graduate and undergraduate courses, in addition to other public forums. Additionally, every student group and guest has the opportunity to participate in a sustainability tour of the campus. As an institution of higher education, UGA Costa Rica’s primary focus is to provide students with an enriching learning environment. UGA education abroad programs are offered during the fall, spring, Maymester, and summer sessions. The campus is open to external programs as well. In the past two years, students and faculty from institutions including Belmont University, Hendrix College, Kyushu University in Japan, Lynchburg College, Oregon State University, Rivier University, in addition to Costa Rican schools, have spent time at the UGA Costa Rica campus as part of their own study abroad programs. Recently, UGA Costa Rica began an initiative to develop programs with colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia as well as public and private middle and high schools across the state of Georgia. 270 Each year, over 270 students, faculty and teaching assistants participate in UGACR study abroad programs.