Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.49
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Dec. 8, 2021

STARS v2.2

Oregon State University
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.81 / 3.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Total number of employees:
6,239

Total number of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
6,000

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
96.17

Name of the employee educators program (1st program):
OSU Sustainability Advocates

A brief description of the employee educators program (1st program):
Through OSU's Sustainability Advocates program, faculty and staff act as sustainability contacts and experts within their campus units, and often for adjacent campus units, by:
-Sharing information and training opportunities with fellow employees
-Networking with others interested in sustainability
-Promoting sustainability-related events within their unit and beyond
-Building sustainability culture, competence and capacity within their department
-Communicating needs, opportunities and best practices back to the OSU Sustainability Office
-Leading actions to make the unit more sustainable, such as with our Green Office and Green Labs certification programs.

Examples of outreach activities include:
- Sharing preformulated messaging from organizations like the Sustainability Office, Campus Recycling and Civic Engagement and Leadership
- Recruiting participants for professional development opportunities like WOHESC and AASHE conferences, and participating in these development opportunities themselves
- Hanging posters for events and programs like Campus Race to Zero Waste, Green Office Certification, etc.
- Forming teams of bicycle riders for Zap commute competitions
- Sharing PowerPoint slides at a staff meeting on a current sustainability campaign or event
- Recruiting Master Recyclers, more Green Office Certification participants, etc. from their unit and others
- Sending sustainability related materials through their departmental newsletter.

The Sustainability Office has provided funding to Sustainability Advocates for professional development opportunities like WOHESC, by covering conference passes and transportation to/from the event.

A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (1st program):
Target audience includes all fellow employees of the Sustainability Advocate in their home department, school or college and, increasingly, other departments that interact with the Advocates' home unit. All OSU colleges and most administrative units are represented by a Sustainability Advocate.

Number of trained employee educators (1st program):
43

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (1st program):
46

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (1st program):
0.75

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (1st program):
1,483.50

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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
OSU periodically uses Ecochallenge (Northwest Earth Institute) course materials and modules for employee training and education about sustainability, and encourages self-formed discussion groups based on Ecochallenge platforms. There is not a specific, institutionalized method for this training at this time so it is considered informal.

Number of trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all programs):
1,483.50

Hours worked annually by trained employee sustainability educators per employee served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.24

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