Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.02
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Cortland
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.87 / 3.00 Beth Klein
Professor and Sustainability Coordinator
Childhood Early Childhoon
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
2,174

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
1,354

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
62.28

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Ambassadors Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
973

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

The Green Ambassadors program includes faculty and staff representation from a variety of departments and offices campus-wide. They provide programing within their own departments/offices, share campus-wide event information, and provide support for their peers to to live a more sustainable lifestyle. For example, one staff member organizes salad luncheons for the department to highlight more environmentally friendly eating options.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Employee educators are nominated by peers or supervisors to serve in this role.


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

Green Ambassadors attend 2-3 training events each semester. These vary from campus sustainability tours, overviews of sustainability campus activities, and climate change research, sustainable living techniques.


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):

Campus Sustainability Coordinator provides the staff coordination. Funding is available from the President's office for events and activities, and Green Ambassadors can apply for small grants to implement sustainability projects in their offices/departments.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Student Affairs Sustainability Committee

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
243

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

One program this committee put on was called Eating Healthy, Not Just for You. This program aimed to educate faculty and staff how Cortland students are currently making choices in the dining halls that help both the environment and human health while still choosing tasty foods. The program also shifted to how faculty and staff can do this while shopping for themselves and family.


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

There is a representative from each of the areas of Student Affairs including Residence Life and Housing, the Green Rep Coordinator, Counseling and Student Development, Disability Resource Center, Campus Security, Student Activities, and any other folks that fall within the Division of Student Affairs that would like to contribute to the programming.


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

Through the biweekly committee meetings, the various offices report on the happenings and new initiatives from their respective areas.


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):

Funds are available upon request to the VP of Student Affairs. In the last year, the group has received $1,000 for programming.


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:

Green Ambassadors Program for SUNY Cortland Faculty and Staff: The ambassador network is designed to support a more sustainable campus by involving faculty and staff representatives to engage in generating new ideas, establishing new partnerships, and sharing information about sustainable practices both at work and home. Ambassador meetings will be held 1-2 times each semester. These meetings will include sessions on campus sustainability initiatives, tours of sustainable features on campus and in the community, and opportunities to discuss ideas and collaborate on solutions to the challenges we face on campus and in the surrounding community.

Ambassador Expectations:
• Attend 1-2 meetings/workshops per semester
• Educate colleagues on available resources, initiatives, events, and other sustainability information
• Encourage sustainable actions
• Serve as a liaison between the Campus Sustainability Coalition and your colleagues
• Assist in promoting campus sustainability initiatives and events

Ambassador Opportunities:
• Collaborate and network with colleagues from across campus to facilitate positive change
• Gain access to a variety of sustainability tools and resources
• Play a key role in shaping the campus and workplace environment
• Provide a meaningful service to the College
• Eligible to apply for a $100 grant to implement a “green” project in your office/department


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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