Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.36
Liaison Marianella Franklin
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.79 / 3.00 Marianella Franklin
Director of Sustainability
The Office For Sustainability
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Total number of employees:
6,576

Total number of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
1,283

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
19.51

Name of the employee educators program (1st program):
Office for Sustainability Sustainable Development Educational Outreach

A brief description of the employee educators program (1st program):
The Office for Sustainability's Chief Sustainability Officer and two Program Coordinators provide educational presentations to the leadership of departments representing every AASHE STARS category, who become peer educators themselves when they disseminate the information to their colleagues and departments' employees. Leaders representing every academic college and managers of campus operations become peer-to-peer educators themselves after receiving their sustainability training and can form sub-committees to achieve sustainability goals.
OFS peer outreach also includes monthly meetings with the leaders of UTRGV's Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, and Student Government Association. These leaders disseminate the information provided from OFS to their organizations, who share the information further with their peers, and implement it into their organizations.

A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (1st program):
Leadership of departments as they disseminate information to colleagues and department’s employees. Managers of campus operations. Also leaders of staff senate, faculty senate and SGA.

Number of trained employee educators (1st program):
30

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (1st program):
48

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (1st program):
0.50

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (1st program):
720

Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (1st program) :
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
International Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum (ICSAC)

A brief description of the employee educators program (2nd program):
UTRGV worked in partnership with the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to host an intensive two-day faculty development program entitled the International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ICSAC) Conference in 2019. Growing out of our university’s successful Project Sin Fronteras, the program has a common goal that brings together faculty from all fields, allowing for an exchange of ideas nurturing an enriching collaborative atmosphere. This interdisciplinary exercise helps faculty to explore the shifts in pedagogy needed to incorporate sustainability concepts, problems, or solutions into new or existing courses. Drawn from experienced faculty and professionals on issues of sustainability, environment, and curriculum, these instructional materials, activities, and presentations will support the education for sustainable development in higher education.

A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (2nd program):
Faculty, new faculty.

Number of trained employee educators (2nd program):
25

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (2nd program):
48

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (2nd program):
0.50

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (2nd program):
600

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:
UTRGV Supervisor Excellence Series- The human resources department coordinates and provides professional development opportunities for managers and supervisors including aspiring supervisors through its UTRGV Supervisor Excellence Series which runs four times per year. The workshops aim to enhance existing skills and to develop best practices to promote excellence, effectiveness and efficiencies. Since leadership training is the most powerful way to transform institutions, all sessions contribute to sustainable futures at UTRGV. However, among these there are some specifically designated as UTRGV Sustainable Leader sessions. These sessions provide guidance on ways in which departments can think and act more sustainably.

Number of trained employee educators (all other programs):
15

Number of weeks, on average, the employee educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
24

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (all other programs):
0.50

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all other programs):
180

Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all programs):
1,500

Hours worked annually by trained employee sustainability educators per employee served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.23

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