Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.07
Liaison Erin Akins
Submission Date March 5, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Saskatchewan
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
1.31 / 3.00 Matt Wolsfeld
Community Engagement Co-ordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
6,302.50

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
2,760

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
43.79

Name of the employee educators program:
Work Green Sustainability Champions Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
2,760

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

Sustainability Champions sign-up to lead sustainability initiatives in their workplace. Each champion completes a Work Green certification checklist. On a monthly basis, champions receive a newsletter including information and links to resources or ideas for engaging colleagues. Quarterly meetings allow champions to share successes and challenges. Annual awards recognize achievements. Champions lead initiatives in their workplace such as promoting energy conservation month or leading waste-free coffee challenges. Champions are also able to go the extra distance by taking on unique projects with the Office to tackle specific issues on campus through extended and strategic engagement efforts (e.g. developing a campus-wide behaviour change strategy to reduce disposable coffee cup use).


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

The Office of Sustainability reaches out directly to workplaces on campus to recruit new Sustainability Champions. Managers are also asked to share program information with their team and ask employees to self-nominate based on personal interest.


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

Through Work Green, participants have the opportunity to attend workshops. Topics have included community-based social marketing, energy awareness training and waste prevention options on campus. All new members attend an orientation where they are provided information on sustainability services and programs on campus.


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):

Grants of up to $300 are available to help Work Green units to invest in the adoption of greener practices. Oversight of the Work Green program, including coordination, communication, and grant administration, is shared among two members of the Office of Sustainability.


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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