Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.74
Liaison Moira Hafer
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Stanford University
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
15,352

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
15,352

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the employee educators program:
Cardinal Green Office Program Sustainability Champions

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
15,352

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

Through the Cardinal Green Office Program, building managers and occupants in all buildings across campus have the opportunity to be trained to become sustainability champions, with the ultimate goal of subsequently training their peers to improve the sustainability performance of their collective spaces. The program has worked with sustainability champions in over 80 buildings as of 2017 and is available to all staff and faculty on campus.

Sustainability champions work with the Office of Sustainability to better understand the most pressing sustainability challenges in their buildings and what they can do to solve them. Then, they engage their colleagues to solve those sustainability challenges through the outreach and training vehicles of their choice. For instance, many sustainability champions work with their colleagues to audit the work stations in their buildings. For work stations that would benefit from a smart power strip, the sustainability champion would work with each of their colleagues to order and install the strip, helping their colleagues understand how to use the strip and engage in other energy-saving behaviors.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Employee educators can be both building managers and everyday occupants, and they can express interest in one of two ways:

1) Participating in the My Cardinal Green online engagement platform and requesting personal training through the platform
2) Contacting the Office of Sustainability directly


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

Sustainability champions receive personal training from staff in the Office of Sustainability on energy conservation, water conservation, waste diversion, and any other sustainability topics of their interest. This education is often based on a joint audit of the building that the champion and the Office of Sustainability staff perform together, which lays the groundwork for the champion's training and helps identify key issues about which the champion should focus on educating his or her colleagues. Following the audit, the champion receives a form that outlines all the possible areas in which they could focus and how to do so, with specific notes about the areas that seemed most relevant for their space and how they might engage their colleagues in addressing issues in that particular area.

Many other resources, including How To Guides, Fact Sheets, Guidelines, sample emails, and flyers are available through the Cardinal Green Office Resource Library to aid sustainability champions in training their colleagues. The Cardinal Green Office Resource Library can be found at https://sustainable.stanford.edu/campus-action/energy/energy-initiatives/cardinal-green-office-program/cardinal-green-office-resource


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):

Staff in the Office of Sustainability personally train each sustainability champion, and many of the materials utilized by the sustainability champions to engage their colleagues in sustainability are developed, printed, and/or subsidized by the Office of Sustainability and the Energy Retrofit Program.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Haas Center for Public Service - Cardinal Service Connectors

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
15,352

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

Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service launched the Cardinal Connectors program in 2015 that pairs staff and faculty who actively participate in and have a deep commitment to community service with other employees and students who are interested in a service experience at Stanford. All Cardinal Connectors are put on an email distribution list that encourages idea sharing, notification of service opportunities, and other community service announcements. They also are invited to join the annual Walk the Talk and Friends of Haas awards luncheon each April and receive swag designed to spark a conversation about public service (i.e. mugs, stickers and office signs).

All staff and faculty on campus have the opportunity to become Cardinal Service Connectors; all Connectors are also listed publicly on the Haas Center website at the following link: https://haas.stanford.edu/students/start-your-service-stanford/cardinal-service-connectors


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

This is a voluntary program. Any Stanford staff or faculty member is eligible to volunteer as a Cardinal Connector by signing up for a Cardinal Connector information session.


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

The Haas Center for Public Service hosts several information sessions to share information about Cardinal Service with potential Cardinal Connectors and encourage each faculty or staff participant to identify ways that he/she can help to spread the word.


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):

The Haas Center for Public Service devotes staff time to coordination of this program.


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:

CENTRAL ENERGY FACILITY DOCENTS
Central Energy Facility docents are Stanford staff and faculty members who are responsible for leading tours of the new Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) Central Energy Facility (CEF). The new CEF came online in April 2015 and received acclaim both internally and externally because it will reduce Stanford's emissions by 68%, surpassing all state, federal, and international 2020 targets. SESI's innovative nature makes it popular among the Stanford community, so a tour system was set up for staff in several departments to become docents and subsequently lead tours for other Stanford staff, faculty, students, and other visitors. Initially, directors within the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management and the Department of Project Management were asked to nominate employees in their groups to attend the docent training. Subsequently, volunteers were also accepted from any department across campus if they met qualifications.

The typical path to become a docent is outlined as follows:

1) Pre-reading of the tour guide packet and other materials
2) 90 minute training session, led by Office of Sustainability staff and CEF facility managers
3) A group "test tour" is required for evaluation purposes, as either a technical tour leader or a general tour leader.
4) Office of Sustainability staff match tour requests with docents and notify the docent of the time, nature of the group and expected attendance.

As of May 2017, over 4,000 people have toured the facility through these docent-led tours, the majority of them faculty, staff or students. For instance, Stanford's Faculty Senate toured the CEF in December 2015. An article detailing that event is available here: http://news.stanford.edu/2015/12/04/senate-final-fall-120415/

LAGUNITA NATURALISTS
Finally, the Lagunita Naturalists program run by Stanford's Land Use and Environmental Planning (LUEP) group trains staff to provide information to other staff, students, and community members on the history, biology, hydrology, and appropriate use of Lagunita, a jurisdictional wetland on Stanford's campus that houses two federally and state protected species.


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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