Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.41
Liaison Dave Newport
Submission Date March 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Boulder
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.75 / 3.00 Marianne Martin
Associate Director
Environmental Center
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
8,959

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
8,200

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
91.53

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Labs

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
2,200

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

Our Team Leads are graduate students that work 5-10 hours per week for CU Green Labs. They do a wide variety of outreach and messaging about CU Green Labs and lab sustainability within their own departments. Even though team leads are usually graduate students, they are doing outreach to staff and faculty and are considered peers within their own lab and department with those other groups.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

If a lab Eco Leader is especially enthusiastic, engaged, and committed, we offer them a Team Lead position in their department.


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

Formal training includes meeting one on one with the Program Manager for CU Green Labs to discuss specific initiatives and efforts within their department. They also review the CU Green Labs website and attend CU Green Labs events as relevant to their department.


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):

CU Green Labs has an annual budget of $140,000, and there are two full time staff providing support to the program.


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

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
6,000

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

Green office Eco-leaders are responsible for educating their departments in a wide range of sustainable habits and to create systems within their office to assure that their environmental goals are met. Furthermore, Green Office Eco-Leaders are responsible for collecting the resources or funding that their initiatives require (i.e. additional recycling bins) from their department heads. Faculty and Staff who agree to commit a small amount of time and effort to bring office Eco-Leaders are commit to the follow over the course of the year:

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.
Conduct a self-assessment of office practices.


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

The Green Office Coordinator is tasked with promoting the program and marketing it to faculty and staff. Green Office Eco-Leaders and departments are recruited via CU-Today Community Notes/ Buff Bulletins. There is a quick link to an interest form and the green office coordinator follows up to inquiries.
Green Office coordinator maintains a master list of all campus departments and building proctors. Offices and departments who are not active are contacted each year with encouragement to participate.


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

Green office Eco-leaders are invited to: 1) annual lunch training and 2) a series of workshops. The training reviews online resources, campus sustainability goals and programs, and effective peer outreach strategies. The workshop series is a monthly meeting with a theme is selected for each workshop or tour (i.e. sustainable procurement or campus energy). The workshops include Q&A and networking to allow faculty and staff to share methods that they have found work in their office settings and to allow participants to share resources.


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):

This program is funded as part of the Environmental Center departmental budget. This includes: One paid student staff coordinator position, training lunch, funding for certificates. Funding for recognition lunch is cost-shared.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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