Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Alex Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Carleton College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.95 / 3.00 Alexandra Miller
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Energy and Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
768

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
500

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
65.10

Name of the employee educators program:
Waste Busters Committee

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
500

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

It is expected that all custodians are aware of the waste streams (landfill, recycling, composting, and specialized materials). One representative of each custodial team serves on a volunteer "WasteBusters" committee. The Sustainability Program Coordinator and student sustainability staff provide in-depth waste training for the WasteBusters group to be experts in waste on campus. They turn around and educate other custodians and occupants of their buildings about the triple bin waste system at Carleton. They have an email account wastebusters@carleton.edu that is posted on all waste signage for anyone to ask questions about the waste stream.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

The WasteBusters are selected asking for volunteer custodians from each region of campus to participate in this program. There are 15 custodians that make up the WasteBusters team that meets monthly for on-going training and to report any issues with the waste stream. The Sustainability Office works to provide the Wastebusters with any signage or education materials that they can use to educate the occupants of their buildings.


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

The Sustainability Program Coordinator and student sustainability staff conduct all training during monthly meetings. This time is also a place where custodians can bring forth ideas for further waste reduction. Wastebusters serve as a waste liaison in their areas across campus, covering all buildings across campus. They monitor waste contamination, TerraCycling and battery collection bins, and answer questions of building residents.


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 student labor is part of the existing Sustainability Office budget and the WasteBusters are paid out of the Custodial budget.


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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