Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.89
Liaison Micah Kenfield
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.08 / 3.00 Micah Kenfield
Sustainability Coordinator
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
13867

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
5000

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
36.06

Name of the employee educators program:
Certified Green Office Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
3500

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

Every department on campus is invited to be part of the Certified Green Office Program. Sustainability ambassadors from each department hold their entire office accountable while providing learning opportunities for sustainable behavior.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Each department selects its own sustainability ambassador to be someone from the office with the ability to make changes and rally participation.


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

One-on-one meetings and educational materials are provided to ambassadors as they begin the program. A weekly email newsletter provides detailed incremental training on each credit under our program and additional meetings of ambassadors occur from time to time to bring all peer educators together.


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):

Coordinated through staff time within our Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment


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

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
1500

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

The Energy Conservation Incentives Program provides campus departments with financial incentives to 'green' their facilities through both infrastructure improvements as well as behavioral change. Over 1500 people were reached by leaders from campus buildings pushing their teams to change their habits to create a greener campus. Peer to peer activities are led by building representatives connecting with offices and tenants in their area to help them support energy conservation measures.


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

Employee educators are volunteers from each building with a passion for behavior change and interest in making a difference.


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

Consultation with Facilities and Services staff


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):

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in award funding


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:

Peer outreach programs from Facilities and Services, and inclusion in the all-faculty retreat all make significant strides in enhancing campus sustainability through peer education.


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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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