Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.15
Liaison Joanne Wong
Submission Date May 31, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Mills College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
477

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
477

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Department Certification

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
477

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

Departments form Green Teams to pursue Green Department Certification. The certification provides points for various sustainability actions within the department, with some sustainability measures required. With enough points, departments can earn a Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Each department that has or is pursuing Mills' internal Green Department Certification, has a green team. The members of department green teams are self selected. The idea is that they provide the leadership necessary within their own department to assess and push forward their green practices. There is also an advertised email group in which faculty and staff who are interested in making their departments greener can ask for advice from other departments' green teams. There is a shared google folder that green team members can add resources to for other employees.


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

Green teams meet regularly to discuss green initiatives within their department. The Sustainability Coordinator and/or a designated representative is available for these meetings to participate or host trainings. There are also provided with a Green Department Certification Resource Guide.


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 institution provides the Sustainability Coordinator as the point person for the Green Teams and Green Department Certificaiton. They also have a fund to celebrate departments that complete the certification process with a certificate and gift basket.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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