Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Pennsylvania State University
EN-6: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.03 / 3.00 Lydia Vandenbergh
Assoc. Dir. Employee Engagement & Education
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution administer or oversee an ongoing faculty/staff peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Total number of employees:
16,703

Name of the employee educators program (1st program) :
Green Teams Program

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
4,000

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

In most cases, the Green Team members are self selected but in a few cases, they are appointed by the head of a department or college. Presently we have 103 Green Teams with about 800 members.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (1st program):

The Sustainability Institute offers Green Teams Orientation to all Green Team members. Through this orientation, the members get acquainted with the concept of sustainability, learn about different approaches to adopting sustainable practices into their unit, and the resources available to them. For example, they can easily adopt the Green Paws Office Certification program as a self-guided method to green their operations. Or, we also offer training and tools on how they can analyze their operations and programs through a "sustainability lens" and see opportunities for improvements that will lessen their economic, social and environmental impacts.

Furthermore, Green Team members gather quarterly at a free luncheon to exchange information and hear presentations on specific sustainability topics. Every month, we send out a newsletter to all members with tips, events notices, and resources.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

The Sustainability Institute supports this program with one full-time staff member and one intern.


The website URL where information about the program is available (1st program):
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Green Paws Program

Number of employees served by the program (2nd program):
1,746

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

The Penn State Sustainability Institute's Green Paws Program is a simple, yet effective way for faculty and staff to "green" their workspace and earn a Green Paws Office Certification for their efforts. Participants self-select themselves.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (2nd program):

Monthly orientations are offered for this program to get participants started.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

The Sustainability Institute manages this program and it is coordinated by one full-time staff person and one intern.


The website URL where information about the program is available (2nd program):
Name(s) of the employee educator program(s) (all other programs):
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Number of employees served by all other programs:
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A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (all other programs):
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A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program(s) (all other programs):
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The number of employees served by the program is calculated by adding up the information from the Green Team registration forms. We ask each team how many people they have within their unit and/or building.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.