Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.78
Liaison Jessica Bowen
Submission Date March 4, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Aquinas College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jessica Eimer Bowen
Director of Sustainability
Center for Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
511

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
511

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the employee educators program:
Zero Waste Advocates

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
511

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

Aquinas' Zero Waste Advocates assist in educational programs concerning the college's waste streams. A "Zero Waste Advocate" is the zero waste point person in a respective area on campus. This volunteer is the campus community's one stop resource for recycling and composting questions, recommendations, ideas, and challenges related to zero waste.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

The Advocates are both self-selected and identified by the college's sustainability director.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

They receive a full zero waste training (hands-on) by sustainability office staff, and a packet of resources to motivate and champion change among their peers.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination):

The sustainability office's budget is available to these programs as needed.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination) (2nd program):
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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of employees served and how employee educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:
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Total number of hours employee educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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