Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.79
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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Grand Valley State University
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.53 / 3.00 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
3771

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
1925

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
51.05

Name of the employee educators program:
Campus Sustainability Advisory Council

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1925

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

The Campus Sustainability Advisory Council is comprised of faculty and staff members from across campus. The group meets regularly to discuss sustainability initiatives and is responsible for bringing this information, and tips on sustainable best practices, back to their colleagues. CSAC Members are official departmental contacts for the Office of Sustainability Practices and they act as advocates in their departments. Presenters join meetings to educate council members on sustainability-related opportunities to share with their colleagues. In the past, we have covered topics such as bee education, research, and protection, hosting zero waste events, and strategies for office waste reduction. We have also worked together to create a "Sustainability Opportunities" brochure to be shared across campus.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Council members are selected based on their interest and expertise in different sustainability areas on campus. They are formally appointed by their associate dean.


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

The Office of Sustainability Practices hosts quarterly meetings with the Campus Sustainability Advisory Council to learn and to move sustainability efforts forward on campus. These meetings also serve as training on things such as sustainability reporting for the university strategic plan.


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 staff provides administrative support to the council.


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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