Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.31
Liaison Natalie Walker
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pennsylvania
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Natalie Walker
Sustainability Manager
Penn Sustainability
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Total number of employees:
18,367

Total number of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
18,367

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

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

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

The Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps Program is a peer education program that provides the tools to improve the environmental sustainability of Penn offices, labs, classroom, and other workplaces. The program includes about 160 staff and faculty participants across the University representing a diverse set of offices, schools, and centers, and is open on an opt-in basis to any employee. The program is designed to improve environmental awareness and behavior change, and builds knowledge and leadership across Penn's schools and centers by empowering individuals to champion the goals outlined in Penn's Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0.

A seven-person Steering Committee helps guide the program, which is comprised of six seasoned Eco-Reps, along with one representative from the Penn Sustainability Office. This model allows for input and guidance from staff outside of the Penn Sustainability Office and gives staff volunteers the opportunity and ability to take on leadership positions within the Eco-Reps program.

Participating staff and faculty volunteers meet monthly to share best sustainable practices between departments, and attend brief trainings by the Penn Sustainability Office on sustainability topics. Eco-Reps then help to implement change by spreading awareness of important sustainability issues and conservation strategies in their respective offices and departments through projects, events, and creative informational campaigns. The Eco-Reps help support existing Penn Sustainability programming, including Green Office, Green Labs, and annual University-wide campaigns.


A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (1st program):

The Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps Program aims to target the entirety of Penn's 18,000+ staff and faculty members. Although the program is comprised of 160+ Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps, the emphasis on each Eco-Rep implementing change and spreading awareness within their respective office or department widens the audience of the peer education program to be University-wide.


Number of trained employee educators (1st program):
161

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (1st program):
50

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

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (1st program):
8,050

Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (1st program) :
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability Coordinators

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

The Sustainability Coordinators are a collaborative group of campus leaders representing Penn's Schools and Centers that strive to lead significant operational and behavior changes through interdisciplinary partnerships to support the University's Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0. The Sustainability Coordinators work as a bridge to Penn's senior leadership to drive a shift to true sustainability by implementing data-driven best practices and communicating accomplishments within their respective areas of campus.


A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (2nd program):

The Sustainability Coordinators program aims to target the entirety of Penn's 18,000+ staff and faculty members. Although the program is comprised of 22 School and Center Sustainability Coordinators, the emphasis on each participant implementing change and spreading awareness within their respective School or Center widens the audience of the peer education program to be University-wide.


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

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (2nd program):
50

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (2nd program):
1

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (2nd program):
1,100

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):
9,150

Hours worked annually by trained employee sustainability educators per employee served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.50

Website URL where information about the employee sustainability educators programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The University of Pennsylvania is a major research institution, with over 3,000 degrees granted annually from twelve professional and academic schools at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate levels. Penn is committed to reducing emissions and energy use, as stated in the 2019 "Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0." This submission documents Penn's efforts during the FY20 year and compares them to the FY09 baseline year which corresponds with the University's "Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0." The submission relies on information related to the main, academic, West Philadelphia campus, but to more fully document efforts across the Penn system, information related to the Morris Arboretum and New Bolton Center has also been referenced and noted as outside the boundary in descriptions. The information is used to enrich examples of University efforts and is not intended to be the primary justification for credits. The responses for each of the questions and sub-questions are drawn from University materials, both internal and public documents. Each section notes the website where the information can be found.

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