Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colgate University
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.56 / 3.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Total number of employees:
1,066

Total number of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
1,066

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
100

Name of the employee educators program (1st program):
Sustainability Passport Program

A brief description of the employee educators program (1st program):

The Sustainability Passport Program strives to advance a culture of sustainability at Colgate by offering and supporting engaging educational programming for employees. This professional development program creates better environmental stewards and advocates for sustainability on campus further supporting our sustainability and carbon neutrality goals. Additionally, the program assists employees looking to meet the sustainability behavioral competency as highlighted in Colgate’s job description update that can be highlighted during the employee's annual review. Elements of the Passport Program include 6-week courses (Foundations of Sustainability), one-time lunch and learn programs, and a "credit-based" program for participation in sustainability-oriented educational events/lectures on campus. Employees served by this program include offices that pursued and achieved green office certification.

Through these programs, participants create groups within their departments to address sustainability-related issues and create change within their department or division. Representatives from this program educate their peers with the intent to implement sustainability in various departments on campus.


A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (1st program):

The program is open to all employees and all employees are encouraged to participate in the program to meet there sustainability behavioral competency that is a part of our annual performance reviews for all Colgate employees.


Number of trained employee educators (1st program):
190

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (1st program):
42

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (1st program):
1

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (1st program):
42

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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
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Number of trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Number of weeks, on average, the employee educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all programs):
42

Hours worked annually by trained employee sustainability educators per employee served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.04

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Foundations of Sustainability Course (a hallmark program of Colgate University's Sustainability Passport Program)

A six-week interactive discussion course that explores the principles and practice of sustainability at Colgate and beyond. The program is designed to be fun, educational, and interactive. A community-building course that provides faculty and staff the opportunity to discuss a variety of sustainability issues and personal reflections of those issues. Ultimately, creates sustainability “fellow-travelers” through an understanding of complex environmental, social, and political issues related to sustainability through shared feelings and experiences.

During the summer months, the group meets weekly to discuss an aspect or topic on sustainability based on short readings and articles. Action items are discussed and behavior change is encouraged.

This is a program facilitated by the Colgate Office of Sustainability and funded by our sustainability and climate action fund. Employees are provided lunch, as the discussions take place over the lunch hour.

The intent of the Sustainability Passport Program is to create a culture of sustainability so that Colgate employees become continual advocates for sustainability on campus.

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