Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.97
Liaison Kristy Howell
Submission Date July 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Johnson County Community College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.66 / 3.00 Kristy Wittman Howell
Sustainability Education and Engagement Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
2,359

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
517

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
21.92

Name of the employee educators program:
e3 Sustainable Office Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
487

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

The e3 Sustainable Office Challenge is organized around a checklist of sustainability initiatives for individual offices to complete. Initiatives are separated into 6 focus areas and assigned a point value. The goal is simple: earn as many points as you can by completing additional items on the e3 checklist. Headings include: Energy Efficiency, Recycling and Waste Reduction, Purchasing, Events and Meetings, Transportation, and Engagement.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

In most cases, employees have been self-selecting volunteers to be the e3 Leader for their department. In other cases, a department head has volunteered their department to join the e3 Program and then sought a team leader within the department's employees.


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

A representative from the Center for Sustainability walks-through the e3 program and entire list of sustainability items that departments can complete for points with the Team Leader (and in some cases with the entire department). The Team Leader is then trained to help champion efforts beyond what the department is already doing to be more sustainable.


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):

Center for Sustainability staff dedicate time to training, program facilitation, and outreach. Participating departments receive metal plaques with sunflowers printed on them and decorative petal magnets that are used to publicly display their achievement score. These have been paid for with JCCC funds. (It's also worth noting that the plaques and petal magnets are made by a local non-profit, Van Go, that provide disadvantaged and at-risk youth with jobs and training through arts education.)


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Teambuilding Walking Tours

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
30

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

Center for Sustainability staff offer sustainability-related walking tours of campus as teambuilding opportunities for staffing units across campus. Beyond introducing participants to sustainable practices, our topics focus on how staff members can get their units more actively involved in campus sustainability, what they see as missing components of our campus sustainability work, and the Center can improve its offerings for staff. Center staff follow up with group leaders (either supervisors or the unit's staff member who requested the tour) to ensure they share the lessons learned and to answer any questions they have.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (2nd program):

Team leaders and/or unit supervisors self-select. These conversations frequently begin as part of new employee orientations or other professional development opportunities we offer.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

Team leaders learn where to find resources on campus sustainability, the accounts they can follow on social media, and who to contact with questions. They also receive a followup email with important dates and activities in which they can participate.


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):

The program is supported by a full-time staff member.


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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