Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.37
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Lowell
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ruairi O'Mahony
Executive Director
Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy
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Total number of employees:
1,976

Total number of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
1,976

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
100

Name of the employee educators program (1st program):
Sustainability Ambassadors Program

A brief description of the employee educators program (1st program):
Sustainability Ambassadors at UMass Lowell play vital roles in providing personal sustainability connections to the campus community. The Sustainability Ambassadors program was established by the Climate Action Plan Steering Committee back in 2012 and has representation from each functional area on campus. Peer-to-peer examples include our Director of Campus Recreation instructing colleagues on how to utilize our Freewheelers Bike Share Program, students educating students on recycling programs and sustainable move-out operations, and key faculty serving as a resource for the entire campus community that are interested in sustainability teaching and research.

A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (1st program):
The Sustainability Ambassadors program is targeted to all UMass Lowell employees. Sustainability Ambassadors are referenced on the central UMass Lowell sustainability website. Their input and engagement is essential to UMass Lowell's overall approach to sustainability. While the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy serves as the fulcrum of UMass Lowell's overall program, Sustainability Ambassadors enhance and expand access and knowledge across the entire university.

Example: Executive Director of Planning and Project Management, Adam Baacke is an internationally renowned planning expert. Adam weaves sustainability concepts and approaches into the campus planning, project management, and place-making processes and serves as our go-to expert for all things related to land-use and planning. Adam and his team engage with the entire campus population on projects large and small with sustainability being a core focus of their work.

Number of trained employee educators (1st program):
22

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (1st program):
47

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (1st program):
0.70

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (1st program):
723.80

Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (1st program) :
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
UMass Lowell Green Office Program

A brief description of the employee educators program (2nd program):
The Green Office Program encourages and facilitates energy and waste reduction practices in offices across campus.

UMass Lowell formally launched its Green Office Program just before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

How Does It Work?
Based off a successful program at our sister campus, UMass Amherst, the offices that choose to participate in the program work to complete requirements based on a five-level scale: bronze, silver, gold, green and evergreen. Each level is based off of seven topics: energy, waste and recycling, kitchens, bathrooms, travel, purchasing and involvement, which outline more sustainable office behaviors and operations. Completion of the program occurs once an office fulfills the criteria for the “evergreen” level. Offices will need to renew their certifications to maintain their "evergreen" standing every year.

Our Sustainability Eco-Reps work individually with a Department Liaison (a role assigned to a staff member in the office) to devise a plan customized to meet the office’s needs. The system allows for a friendly competition between offices to see who can reach the evergreen certification. Recognition is rewarded for every level completed with a congratulatory certificate.

UMass Lowell's Administrative Service division is the first department to complete the Green Office Program.

A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (2nd program):
All offices are the target audience of the Green Office Program. Staff and faculty that do not work in office locations would not necessarily be subject to the Green Office program but there is certainly passive learning that takes place e.g. Facilities Housekeeping staff are a vital component of the Green Office program.

Number of trained employee educators (2nd program):
22

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (2nd program):
47

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (2nd program):
1.50

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (2nd program):
1,551

Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (2nd program):
A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
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Number of trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Number of weeks, on average, the employee educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (all other programs):
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all programs):
2,274.80

Hours worked annually by trained employee sustainability educators per employee served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.15

Website URL where information about the employee sustainability educators programs is available:
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