Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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University of California, Santa Cruz
EN-6: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.27 / 3.00 Shauna Casey
Sustainability Programs Manager
Campus Sustainability Office
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Does the institution administer or oversee an ongoing faculty/staff peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Total number of employees:
4,212

Name of the employee educators program (1st program) :
Green Office Certification Program

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
271

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

Staff interested in having their offices certified and participating in sustainability trainings volunteer themselves. They are required to have a Green Team of 2-3 individuals who are the sustainability the champions for their office and liaisons between the office and the Green Office Certification program staff during the assessment and training process.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (1st program):

The Green Office Certification Program is an employee-led, peer-to-peer employee training program that works with campus employees to empower them to implement sustainable practices in the workplace. The Green Office program team trains participating offices to form a green team and works with the green team to conduct assessments of their office's water and energy use and waste behaviors. Participating staff are also trained to conduct assessments for a variety of sustainability behaviors and works with the green team and the rest of the office members to create a sustainability commitment plan, which is a set of actions their office can take to decrease waste, conserve resources and improve their overall environmental performance while saving money.

+ Date Revised: June 17, 2016

A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

Sustainability Office Program Manager oversees team of students to conduct trainings and assessments. The Sustainability Office provides programatic budget and Carbon Fund has provided funds to support aspects of the program as well.


The website URL where information about the program is available (1st program):
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Green Labs Program

Number of employees served by the program (2nd program):
105

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

Green Labs- The Green Labs program is a staff-led, peer-to-peer certificate program for campus laboratory employees. Participating labs are placed through a 3 phase process to complete our goal.

+ Date Revised: June 17, 2016

A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (2nd program):

Phase 1: Self-Assessment
Labs must complete a lab self-assessment created by mygreenlabs, an off campus nonprofit organization. The self-assessment is an online survey that asks labs to reflect and review their current sustainable lab practices and environment. By completing the self-assessment, it will allow the Green Labs team to gain more insight on the lab and understand trending sustainable obstacles our campus faces.

Phase 2: Walk-through Evaluation
Once a self-assessment is completed, the Green Labs team will schedule a 30-40 minute walk-through of the interested labs to confirm the data received in the self-assessment and to view the current lab sustainability situation in regards to behavior, equipment, and safety. These aspects of the lab correspond to a graded checklist which the Green Lab team will fill out to later determine the certification status of the lab. By performing the walk-through the Green Labs program is able to cater its resources to better support and improve the lab environment.

Phase 3: Follow Up Meeting
A separate meeting with the lab prime investigator/lab sustainability representative and the Green Labs team is scheduled to review the graded checklist and present the lab's certification status. From there the Green Labs will recommend resources and accommodations that they feel would better support the lab's sustainability practices and environment and provide training resources to participating labs so they can train their peer employees.

+ Date Revised: June 17, 2016

A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

The Green Labs Program is overseen by the Climate Action Manager and overall supported through the UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Office. Addition assets for the program's resources are offered by the Carbon Fund Program who offer support for on campus sustainability projects.


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