Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.64
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Smith College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.18 / 3.00 Emma Kerr
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
1,384

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
81

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
5.85

Name of the employee educators program:
Sustainable Office Certification

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
81

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

The Sustainable Office Certification was created in the summer of 2016 by a student intern and the campus sustainability coordinator. The goal of the program is to engage staff offices in Smith sustainability goals, and to create behavior change in favor of more sustainable practices at work. The program creates Sustainable Office liaisons in each participating office, and these liaisons work as peer-to-peer educators in their office.

The liaisons receive support from the campus sustainability coordinator and the Sustainable Offices intern. The Office of Campus Sustainability holds monthly lunches where liaisons gather to discuss successes and challenges in their offices, and receive additional training and trouble-shooting support from the sustainability coordinator and intern. The liaisons are also responsible for continually evaluating their office using the Sustainable Office Certification checklist, and communicating with their colleagues about how they're doing.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

The Sustainable Offices liaisons are sometimes self-selecting. They are often the ones that reach out to the Office of Campus Sustainability in order to get their office involved with the Sustainable Office Certification program. Other times the director or head administrator of an office enrolls their office in the program and designates and interested person as the liaison.


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

The liaisons meet with the campus sustainability coordinator and the intern to receive and introduction to the program. During that introduction we go over the program and expectations, and look at the certification checklist in detail to discuss the importance of each item, and to discuss potential concerns. We also meet with the liaisons periodically to see how they are doing and coach them through any difficulties. The liaisons also attend monthly lunches were additional training is given based on certification areas that the offices are having difficulty with (recycling, energy reduction, etc.).


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 campus sustainability coordinator facilitates the program and supports the liaisons. The Office of Campus Sustainability pays a student intern to help facilitate and develop the program for several hours each week. The office also uses their budget to provide lunch at monthly learning lunches and to provide food for end-of-year recognition events for liaisons and participating offices.


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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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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