Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.69 / 3.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
9717

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
2250

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
23.16

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Office Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
2025

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

A four level system designed to aid in UT’s progress towards becoming a top 25 research university by instilling sustainable practices in the variety of workplace settings across the campus. Green Office partners will receive an initial ranking from the Office of Sustainability, and then we will work with partners on creating a personalized, strategic road map with specific objectives aimed at increasing an office’s ranking, and, thus, their eco-friendliness.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Invite, however we also accept offices and their employees if they reach out to us directly. This is done to roll out the program in phases, targeting those with the highest potential in terms of energy, waste and water reduction or perhaps have a high visibility with students and higher administration.


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

The formal training to prepare employees to conduct peer to peer outreach is handled in a one on one basis when the sustainability employee conducts monthly office visits. We identify a category of the program that the employee is most comfortable with, be it energy savings, recycling, etc. and then expand their knowledge on the subject, both in the context of the local, state, and national implications but also how the category of the program is managed and improved within the campus boundaries. They are then asked to relay this information back to our office to ensure they have become experts in the category of the program chosen, to confirm their understanding and dissemination capabilities, but more so to correct any off the cuff comments that may lead to politically sensitive situations. Although we cannot and should not control the entire sustainability dialogue and message on or off campus, we must strive for a common message across our employee educators within the Green Office Program, as they essentially become an extension of our office and further the program when educating others through time, specifically those within or nearby their workspace.


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):

All expenditures are funded through the Office of Sustainability.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability Workshop

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
225

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

A voluntary workshop provided to faculty and staff to understand sustainability on campus, covering the history of sustainability on campus and then focusing on each category of work with a shift in the program to expand upon individual interest such as energy conservation, recycling, etc. The results of the program are two fold, one in that they become an expert in the category of work chosen and secondly, they become a peer educator by passing this information along to other employees via in office gatherings and/or conducting their own sustainability workshop (in tandem with our office).


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

It is voluntary, however they typically do so after discussing with previous attendees of the program the benefits of attending and the possibility to become an employee educator.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

Much like our other Employee Educator Programs we find a topic of interest they have passion with (or immense curiosity) and expand upon that knowledge through a workshop setting, discussing realistic scenarios and solutions. We hold these workshops throughout the year. We then expand this scope of understanding to the local, regional and national levels to emphasis the implications of becoming a more environmentally friendly campus. We stress the need for a common message pertaining to sustainability education of their fellow peers and ask them to report back with any questions they may have, so to further refine their level of expertise in the subject chosen.


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):

All expenditures are funded through the Office of Sustainability.


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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