Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.42
Liaison Ellen Vaughan
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Northern Arizona University
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.37 / 3.00 Ellen Vaughan
Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
3653

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
450

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
12.32

Name of the employee educators program:
Office of Sustainability Energy Mentors Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
400

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

The Energy Mentor program trains volunteer faculty and staff across campus to become educated sustainability leaders who encourage other members of the campus community to join them in reducing NAU's environmental impact.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

As the University completes its 18 million dollar energy efficacy performance contract, certain employees will become green champions for the university with the goal of peer-to-peer outreach that aims to engage all employees. This "Energy Mentor" program is available to every employee at NAU that wants to participate.


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

Sample Energy Mentor Training Agenda:

• 5-10 minutes: Sign in, grab lunch box, and introductions.
• 10 minutes: Agenda for the training, NAU’s Sustainability Action Plan, and institutional sustainability accomplishments.
• 10 minutes: Intro to climate change and what is NAU doing about it.
• 15 minutes: Introducing the Energy Mentor program and the targeted behaviors.
• 15 minutes: Review of Energy Mentor tasks, and behavior change tools and strategies.
• 10 minutes: Small group discussion and report back to the larger group.
• 5 minutes: Wrap up and final questions.


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 runs the Energy Mentor program, there is one FTE manager of the office with an $8,000 budget.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Green Office Certification Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
50

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

The Green Office Certification program provides a great opportunity for faculty and staff around campus to make a difference in the field of sustainability. The program lays out a foundation for offices to make a positive impact on campus. Upon completion of each level, offices will reduce the environmental impacts that coincide with their daily operations.

The program guides offices through a progression of criteria, with each level creating more challenges and opportunities for improvement. There are a total of four levels to progress through. The office must complete 75% of the listed tasks that are applicable to the office for each level in order to become certified and advance to the next level. Once the office has become certified to level 3, the office may then move up to the fourth level of certification by going above and beyond the checklist items and implement an innovative project. (ex: Green Fund Project, host Earth Week event, etc.).


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

In order to complete Green Office Certification at least one person from the office must be a trained energy mentor. However, it is mostly open to anyone who is interested in applying.


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

Before an office can apply to become Green Office Certified they must have an trained energy mentor. This training primes the individual on how to encourage energy conservation in their work space. This same training applies when moving their office towards green office certification. Also, if an applicant would like help in making changes in their office, there is an office of sustainability representative available to help.


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):

Because the certification program is very self contained there is only a part-time student worker needed to maintain the program. This involves following up offices, sending out certificates, promoting the program to other offices, maintaining the website, and organizing awards at the end of each year. They are managed by a full-time manager in the office of sustainability.


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:
200

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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