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Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2016
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University of Louisville
EN-6: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
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Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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:
6863

Name of the employee educators program (1st program) :
Eco-Reps

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
6863

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

They are recruited through new employee orientation sessions, professional development in sustainability trainings, existing sustainability organizations on campus, and campus-wide media such as UofL Today.


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

At the core of the program is an online training series focused on topics in sustainability, particularly as they apply at UofL. The series is not intended to be exhaustive concerning sustainability as a whole, nor any individual topic, but the intent is to empower and educate our students, staff, and faculty about the different ways UofL is addressing sustainability and what the UofL community must do in order to help move forward.

There are two tiers of training for Eco-Reps at the University of Louisville - both a Basic and an Advanced program. The Basic training includes a series of videos and accompanying supplementary materials available online. Participants are encouraged to register for the written examination for Eco-Reps Basic certification. Certified Eco-Reps then educate peers at UofL, lead workshops, and offer their expertise to community projects both on and off campus.

Those interested in going deeper can also become certified in Advanced Sustainability Topics through the Eco-Reps Advanced certification program. The Advanced program offers serious sustainability advocates the opportunity to work with a UofL mentor in a particular sustainability area to develop a focused project that addresses the needs of the university or wider community. The Advanced program begins with video training about a particular topic, such as bicycling for transportation, making solar panels, or vermiculture. You’ll then explore a set of supplemental materials on the topic and develop a proposal for a community project. Proposals will be reviewed by the Sustainability Council and the Eco-Reps mentor. If approved, the project will be conducted under the supervision of an Eco-Reps mentor. After successful implementation, you’ll receive an Eco-Reps Advanced certification in the special topic and will be listed on UofL's Sustainability website as being among UofL's advanced community mentors available for consultation.

The Eco-Reps training program at UofL relies upon a video series and supplementary materials to create an action-oriented educational experience for anyone interested in sustainability initiatives at UofL. Taken together, the series is intended to prepare you for becoming certified in sustainability practices at UofL. There is one examination for the entire Basic Eco-Reps training series.


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

The Eco-Reps program is run by UofL's Sustainability Council and funded through our Climate Action Plan which pays one part-time faculty member to develop and staff the program as coordinator year-round. The Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives also devotes staff time to develop and support the program.


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UofL's Sustainability Council launched its peer-to-peer Eco-Reps program for all employees and students in the fall 2012 semester.

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