Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.50
Liaison Amy Kadrie
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Rochester
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 3.00 Amy Kadrie
Recycling Coordinator
Facilities
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
21,162

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
21,162

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Reps

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
21,162

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

Green Reps are employees from all departments across the entire University of Rochester who care about workplace sustainability. Green Reps are advocates, teachers and liaisons to foster sustainable initiatives at a departmental level. Each month Green Reps receive the monthly newsletter The ComPost, which includes action items to implement sustainable initiatives in their department. All Green Reps are invited to quarterly events to engage conversation and highlight sustainable topics. Some examples of the events include a Blind Date with a Book exchange, Zero-waste Potluck, and tour of the local landfill.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Employees sign up on a volunteer basis. New members are recruited periodically and all who are interested are welcome to join.


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

Employees receive a welcome email to give them basic information, inclding out Green Office Guidance document. Each member is asked to take the University’s Go Green Pledge (http://www.rochester.edu/sustainability/pledge/index.php) as a starting point and to encourage others in their department to do the same. Each month employees receive a newsletter with information on a particular topic. The newsletters include ideas, tips and tools on how to educate their peers and how to encourage sustainable behaviors on the topic within 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):

A working group created by the University Council on Sustainability launched the program. The group consists of five staff members of various departments and is supported by the Council. Due to the program's success, University Facilities and Services hired a part-time coordinator to work with the working group to lead the program. The program's budget is now managed by Facilities.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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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):
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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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