Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.77
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Nov. 9, 2010
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University of Colorado Boulder
PAE-15: Employee Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.38 / 5.00 Dave Newport
Director
Environmental Center
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Total number of people employed by the institution:
13,665

Program name (1st program) :
Zero Waste Training and Education

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
3,000

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

All CUSG-funded employees (students and professionals) receive this training. This program is conducted by students and staff delivering trainings and support to students and staff. Each of these groups are selected by the Environmental Center to be trained as peer to peer trainers.


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

The CUSG adopted 72LCB15 as policy in April 2010. Section 3 of the University of Colorado Student Government Zero-Waste and Materials Management Policy section on training and education includes the following directions to achieve a student employee sustainability training and education program:
Section 3: Zero Waste Training and Education
A. In order to support the efforts of cost centers to comply with CUSG zero waste standards, all student fee-funded staff and student positions shall be required to participate in a sustainability training program administered by either the CUSG Sustainability Director or an Environmental Center representative.
B. It is recommended that student groups and individual students are offered opportunities to receive similar training based on their continual use of CUSG-supported facilities.
C. The CUSG Sustainability Director and cost centers shall determine an appropriate training system that fits within the current allotted hours for CUSG employees in order to avoid budget increases related to the sustainability training program.


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

In order to provide long-term fiscal sustainability to cost center zero waste operations, the CUSG Sustainability Director will hereby work with Facilities Management and all related parties to create an effective variable rate structure to incentivize waste-reduction efforts. The bill approved a one-time $15,000 dollar earmark from the Student Operations Reserve (SOR) to accommodate one-time expenses required for zero waste conversion. These expenses include: Signs, Collection receptacles, Loading dock and space expansion, Staff training programs and related materials, All zero waste operations related to student group and cost center events shall be financed through an account managed by the Student Organizations Finance Office (SOFO) and the Student Group Funding Board (SGFB).


The website URL where information about the program is available (1st program):
Program name (2nd program):
Green Office

Number of employees served by the program (2nd program):
3,500

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

The educational program integrates many of CU’s campus sustainability initiatives, including transportation, recycling, and energy. The program also has large environmental and financial impacts with very little time commitment. The faculty/ staff campus sustainability program is coordinated by the CU Environmental Center and has two components: Department Eco-Leaders (Individuals) and the Green Office Certification (Departments).


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

In 2005, the Environmental Center initiated the first year of a more formal faculty and staff Environmental Liaison Program. Over 50 building proctors, office managers, and department heads attended brown bag lunches on conservation topics tailored toward office practices, attended Eco-Leader orientation training sessions, and received a monthly e-newsletter.

The duties of the Eco-Leader include:

Attend one one-hour orientation training session,

Utilize and maintain an Eco-Leader Manual of resources and guides for office environmental practices. The manual is provided by the Environmental Center.

Receive a monthly e-newsletter and disseminate relevant information to their departmental colleagues.

Facilitate an assessment of office practices. The assessment is conducted by trained student staff of the Environmental Center.

If a department chooses to pursue Green Office Certification, the Eco-Leader will facilitate this process by scheduling the training programs for their department. It is suggested that these programs be incorporated into existing departmental meetings in order to increase participation. The trainings will be conducted by Environmental Center staff. Eco-Leaders receive a Reference Manual containing:

Welcome letter

Green office certification instructions

Campus Environmental policy

Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus

Recycling:

deskside guide
printing guidelines
RecycleMania pledge
Purchasing:

green products guide
Energy:

office guide
lights out fact sheet
juice stickers
sleep stickers
renewables
Integrated Pest Management:

office flier
Transportation

brochure
Environmental Center brochure

Water:

brochure
magnet
Green Computing guide

EHS Hazardous Waste generator guide brochure


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

This program is funded as part of the Environmental Center's Operations Budget, $289,564 in FY11. One student staff coordinator position is also budgeted at $3K/yr.


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Numbers of people employeed by the institution is derived from Fall 2009 census data by Institutional Research and Analysis and includes student employees.

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