Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.17
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date May 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.81 / 3.00 Kay-Lynn Yacoboski
Sustainability Intern
Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Total number of employees:
6,468

Total number of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
6,468

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
100

Name of the employee educators program (1st program):
UVic Staff Sustainability Network

A brief description of the employee educators program (1st program):

The UVic Staff Sustainability Network is a staff engagement strategy for the university. Most, if not all, departments have a staff member who is passionate about sustainability. The Network is a way of bringing those staff members together in order to hone their leadership skills and collaborate with like-minded colleagues on campus programs that tackle the issues that matter. The Network members work to liaise between the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability (OCPS) and their own office or department in order to inform and inspire their colleagues about sustainability events, campaigns, and volunteer opportunities at UVic. They then provide the OCPS with feedback and collaborate on various campaigns, initiatives, and sustainability related issues within their office environment or around campus. Network members act as role models and champions to inspire their colleagues to make sustainable choices, and participate in collective decision making around staff sustainability priorities and campaigns.

In order for members of the Network to effectively engage with their co-workers on various initiatives, campaigns, and events, they receive training in social marketing as well as communications. They are further provided with access to resources used to implement sustainability initiatives, as well as information on how to utilise these resources.

A few of the various education and outreach activities worked on by the Staff Sustainability Network include but are not limited to :

The Holiday Shutdown – Offices across campus were encouraged to reduce their energy over the holidays by unplugging and/or turning off personal office electronics. The Network carried out this campaign by putting up posters throughout offices, sending out Holiday shutdown toolkits, and engaging in face-to-face conversations with co-workers about the campaign to ensure commitment.

The Shake and Fold Campaign – The shake and fold campaign is an effort aimed at reducing the amount of waste created on campus through minimizing paper towel usage. Members of the Network engaged with their office on this campaign by putting up posters beside paper towel dispensers and bringing up the campaign during staff meetings to agree to a reduction target (i.e. reduce paper towel use by 50%).


A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (1st program):

The Staff Sustainability Network targets all employees including staff, faculty, term employees, part-time employees, full-time employees, sessional instructors, administrative front-line workers and janitorial staff. Everyone is welcome.


Number of trained employee educators (1st program):
113

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (1st program):
50

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

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (1st program):
5,650

Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (1st program) :
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Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (2nd program):
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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
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Number of trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Number of weeks, on average, the employee educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all programs):
5,650

Hours worked annually by trained employee sustainability educators per employee served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.87

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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The Coordinator for the Staff Sustainability Network was contacted to self-report their number of employee educators, number of hours worked per employee educator, and number of weeks the program is active in a year.

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