Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.20
Liaison Mina Amundsen
Submission Date Nov. 5, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Colby College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sandy Beauregard
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
920

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
920

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

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Office Certification

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
920

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

In the fall of 2013, the Sustainability Office started a Green Office Certification program to encourage employees to work toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions while using fewer materials and producing less waste. There are four successive stages of the Green Office Program – Leaf One to Leaf Four. Once an office has earned Leaf One, it is considered a green office. For the ultimate green office, offices can pursue recognition through Leaf Four. The Leaf One certification requirements include: offices must avoid printing double sided, purchase Energy Star and paper products with recycled content, and turn on energy saving mode on computers. Leaf Four requirements include: participation in demand/response events, recycling printer cartridges, and requesting vegetable-based inks for external printing jobs. Certified offices display their Green Office Certificates in their lobbies for visitors to see. Each participating office selects an office liaison. This person is responsible for administering the program within their office and for educating their colleagues about sustainable best practices.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Any employee who is interested in implementing the program in his or her office is eligible to join the program.


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

Each interested employee has a meeting with the Sustainability Coordinator to discuss the program, ways to engage their office-mates, and any potential issues. A training session is offered as a part of the human resources staff development program.


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 Office of Sustainability has the funds to support this program.


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:
20

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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