Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.80
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Merced
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Breeana Sylvas
Assistant Director
Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
1443

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
1443

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

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Office Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1443

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

The Green Office Program works directly with unit, departmental employee’s, or a unit, departmental employee representative on sustainable practices. The Green Office Coordinator provides a presentation/training to employees, or a unit, departmental representative who assists with educating the unit and department members on sustainable practices that can be implemented into work-spaces. The Green Office Coordinator provides training, information, and support to program participants. The coordinator serves as a resource to inform unit, departmental employees and employee designate representative(s) on sustainable practices that are than used to inform peers. The coordinator also provides walk-through's and audits, which all serve as informational resources for employee educators to understand and communicate sustainable practices.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Unit, department directors provide assistance with selecting employee leads. Directors can select presentation/training to all employees or select a representative who receives information on sustainable practices and educates unit, departmental employees on practices that can be included into department, unit, work-spaces. There are also individual participants that can opt into program participation and receive presentations and information on sustainable practices.


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

The Green Office Coordinator provides employees with recommendations on practices that can be incorporated into unit, department work-spaces through presentation training's, individual walk through's, audits, consultations.


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 sustainability office provides support for a Green Offices intern to manage implementation of the program.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Green Labs Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
473

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

UC Merced also implemented a Green Labs program fall of 2016 designed to reduce the environmental impacts of research laboratories. The program engages PI's and researchers through informational presentation's and training's on sustainable practices that can be included into research labs. The PI participant's engage and inform faculty counter parts and student researchers on methods to increase or improve the sustainable performance of shared labs. The PI's are provided with informational consultations, audits, and walk-through's on practices that can be implemented into labs.


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

Faculty members and researchers are sought out to participate in the program via a faculty list-serve.


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

Faculty PI's and researchers are provided informational presentation's and training's on sustainable practices that can be included into research labs. In addition to training's and presentations, individual Faculty PI lab's are audited. Faculty receive consultation on areas of improvement and best practices that serve as a resources to inform peers on sustainable practices that can be implemented into labs.


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 program is funded through the office of sustainability.


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:

The campus also provides zero waste event training's to students, faculty, and staff. The training's serve to inform members of the campus community on practices that can reduce waste generation from events. Presentations have been provided to event coordinators and event logistical support. These individuals assist with informing those who are putting on events on practices that can reduce event waste generation.

UC Merced recycling also provided training to custodial staff on the university's zero waste efforts. The custodial training incorporated information on landfill, compost, and recyclable streams, as well as information on waste operations.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Green Office program serves faculty and staff. The Green Labs program focuses primarily on faculty researchers.

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