Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.45
Liaison Bambi Ingram
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Abigail Franks
Intern
Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
22,704

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
22,704

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

Name of the employee educators program:
Sustainability Ambassadors Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
22,704

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:
The Sustainability Ambassadors Program is used as a way to ensure that all departments at UAB have an investment in and exposure to sustainability. The program is a network of employees in each building on UAB’s academic and medical campus, and those employees promote sustainability to colleagues in their building through problem-solving, communication, and new programming.

Sustainability Ambassadors will communicate and advocate for more sustainable practices within their buildings, programs, and scopes of work in an effort to cultivate a sustainability culture in the professional workspaces at UAB. They will also act as conduits of information to implement tailored sustainable programs to meet the needs of the buildings they serve.

A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:
All program participants must: be a full time, benefits-eligible employee (faculty or staff), have the support of their direct supervisor to participate, have an interest in recycling, wellness, or other sustainability-related initiatives.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:
UAB Sustainability requires the Sustainability Ambassadors to: serve as an Ambassador for a one-year term: August to August; attend a lunch and learn orientation event in October, where information about general benchmarking for sustainability in higher education and key sustainability initiatives at UAB will be presented; keep in regular, monthly contact with UAB Sustainability via email regarding updates from their building and events; attend a second lunch and learn meeting in April.

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 institution provides UAB Sustainability a budget to fund the staff coordination and meals for the biannual. With that funding, UAB Sustainability sends out a monthly email of information, feeds the ambassadors during the once per semester meetings, and provides assistance to the ambassadors with their departmental projects when necessary.

Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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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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