Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.79
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.05 / 3.00 Audrey McSain
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees:
1,882

Total number of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
762

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
40.49

Name of the employee educators program (1st program):
Sustainable Office Program

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

Lehigh University’s Sustainable Office Program is a voluntary, self-guided program designed for staff to take the lead on promoting environmental practices in the workplace.

The Sustainable Office Program Representative takes the lead on completing the registration form, baseline survey, and checklist of actions but through this they inform their office peers about ways in which they can be more sustainable in each of the focus areas. By taking action in a variety of topic areas, the Sustainable Office Representative, through peer to peer education, can reduce the environmental footprint of the office, be responsible stewards of university’s resources, and contribute to Lehigh’s sustainability goals and commitments.

The employees that have completed the program engage with their own colleagues within their offices to help continue to make their offices more sustainable. They also engage with colleagues outside of their office and department by helping to promote the Sustainable Office Program at events such as the Earth Day Fair. They also are asked to nominate an office that hasn't been certified to encourage other offices to join the program. We have found that these are extremely successful ways of getting new offices interested in the program. Employees like to hear from their colleagues who have already been through the program before they commit to join the program.

Additionally, in the Summer of 2017, the Sustainable Office Program began phase one of a two phase outreach, marketing, and expansion plan. Phase one included revamping the registration form, baseline survey, and checklist of actions, creating resources for offices to use, and re-doing the program website. In the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2018, the Sustainable Office Program did phase two of the outreach, marketing, and expansion plan. This included: revising the website content, hiring an additional intern, beginning to revamp the certification process for offices/suites and departments/colleges, developing a certified office of the year award and process, and determining the percentage of offices within a STEM that are certified or not.


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

The target audience of the Sustainable Office Program is full-time staff and faculty at Lehigh University.


Number of trained employee educators (1st program):
3

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (1st program):
52

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (1st program):
4

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (1st program):
224

Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (1st program) :
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (2nd program):
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Number of trained employee educators (2nd program):
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Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (2nd program):
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Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (2nd program):
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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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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (all other programs):
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all programs):
224

Hours worked annually by trained employee sustainability educators per employee served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.12

Website URL where information about the employee sustainability educators programs is available:
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The total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators was calculated by multiplying the average number of hours worked by trained employees per week (4) by 30 weeks. This is calculated this way because most of the work on the Sustainable Office Program is done by two work study students during the academic year, hence 30 weeks. The third individual is the full-time Sustainability Program Manager, who works on the program for an average of 2 hours/week.

Students' hours: 30 weeks x 4 hours/week = 120 hours annually
Manager hours: 52 weeks x 2 hours/week = 104 hours annually
Total: 224 hours

The data entered above was not impacted by COVID-19 and is therefore representative of a normal year.

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