Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.69
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 8, 2013
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Cornell University
PAE-15: Employee Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.19 / 5.00 Lynette Chappell-Williams
Associate VP
Workforce Diversity & Inclusion
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Total number of people employed by the institution:
9,832

Program name (1st program) :
Cornell Green Teams

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
4,300

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

This is a "grassroots" initiative - so many of the team members are self-selected. The Green Teams vary in size from 5 members in one department to college-wide initiatives that involve a dozen teams with 5-8 people in each team, as in the case of CALS Green. In a few units, leadership in the unit has nominated people to the teams.

Teams currently are active in the following areas:
- Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station Sustainability Action Team
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Green Team
-Human Ecology Green Team
-Weill Cornell Medical College Green Team
-Cornell Outdoor Education Green Team
-Dept of Plant and Soil Sciences Green Team
-Johnson School Green Team
-Utilities Green Team
-College of Engineering Green Team
- Transportation and Mail Services Green Team.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (1st program):

The Campus Sustainability Office’s strategy for staff engagement has been to support the development of Green Teams (green ambassadors) in different units that express interest. Interested units can contact the Campus Sustainability Office and develop a customized program to support their goals. Beginning in the fall of 2013, a Green Offices and Green Labs program will be launched to support the existing Green Teams to help encourage the formation of additional groups.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

The financial support varies from team to team, but includes supervisor support for time taken during the business day for Green Team activities, expenses associated with printing signs and educational posters, and the development of team websites including a sophisticated site http://green.cals.cornell.edu/ and http://www.med.cornell.edu/green/


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