Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.79
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Victoria
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 John Ho
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
6,328

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
6,328

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

Name of the employee educators program:
Staff Sustainability Network

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
6,328

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

The UVic Staff Sustainability Network is a program which falls under the broader Sustainability Action Team initiative. This group meets on a monthly basis and consists of staff from various units around campus. They are provided sustainability training and professional development through designing and implementing various workplace sustainability initiatives. Furthermore, members of this network act as liaisons between the Sustainability Office and their workplaces. Meetings are also a forum where members can discuss sustainability issues and opportunities around campus, broader/ topical sustainability issues, and also offers the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals. Regular meeting attendance ranges from 20-25 people. This initiative is funded and facilitated by the Campus Planning and Sustainability Office.

Peer-to-peer outreach include the 21 Days to Green Your Routine Challenge as well as the UVic Sustainability Workplace Opportunities Project (USWOP). These activities are campus-wide initiatives and directly target staff through both online and in-person communications methods.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Staff Sustainability Network members are primarily self-selected as it is a voluntary program that is actively promoted. Individuals are also invited to participate by their peers or by Sustainability Office staff.


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

Each month meetings are held which include the planning of new initiatives or formal training for specific campaigns. Training is normally educating members on campus sustainability issues and how to properly address them in order to communicate this information to their colleagues. For new initiatives, formal training is also given to prepare members for peer outreach. Topics such as community-based social marketing are also covered in meetings to help members understand the general engagement approach/ framework.


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 small amount of funding is available to each team for food for meetings, prizes, and engagement tools.


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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