Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.01
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date April 13, 2022

STARS v2.2

Southern Oregon University
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Rebecca Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities, Management, Sustainability and Planning
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Total number of employees:
868.30

Total number of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
868.30

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
100

Name of the employee educators program (1st program):
Waste reduction and recycling program

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

SOU's Waste Reduction and Reycling Program oeprates across campus for all employees. For waste reduction, employees are encouraged to remove personal/individual trash cans from their offices as studies have shown this increases recycling, reduces trash and allows custodians to spend time on other parts of the building. Trashing the trash cans was published in February 2020 https://sustainability.sou.edu/trashing-the-trash-cans/ and Facilities Management and Planning and Human resources both reduced the number of individual trash cans. Close monitoring was taking place for each building to gether data until COVID-19 meant that remote working was put in place. Both Human Resources and Facilities management and Planning contniue to have reduced individual trash cans. Once waste is reduced through various measure such as removal of trash cans, the recycling program kicks in. Signage and recycling containers have been updated in buildings across campus. Articles on recycling have also been sent out across campus along with social media. More focused guidance has been sent to Custodial and Facilities staff so that as much waste as possible is diverted from landfill. This includes education for biomass and metal recycling. Signage at the recycling center and waste management area has increased.


A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (1st program):

All staff and faculty


Number of trained employee educators (1st program):
2

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (1st program):
52

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (1st program):
40

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (1st program):
4,160

Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (1st program) :
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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Number of trained employee educators (2nd program):
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Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (2nd program):
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (2nd program):
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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
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Number of trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Number of weeks, on average, the employee educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (all other programs):
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all programs):
4,160

Hours worked annually by trained employee sustainability educators per employee served by a peer-to-peer program:
4.79

Website URL where information about the employee sustainability educators programs is available:
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