|Submission Date||March 4, 2021|
University of Virginia
EN-7: Employee Educators Program
|1.35 / 3.00||
Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Specialist
Office for Sustainability
Total number of employees:
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Name of the employee educators program (1st program):
A brief description of the employee educators program (1st program):
The Green Workplace Program engages UVA employees and workplaces in actions that conserve energy, save money, and advance sustainability. The Office for Sustainability orients a core "Green Team" of employees in each workplace and provides resources for implementation of each action. Green Workplace certification includes 30 actions workplaces can implement to be more sustainable. However, many workplace Green Teams stay in touch after initial certification and continue to lead sustainability projects with their peers. Some even go on to form departmental sustainability councils (see "2nd Program" below).
A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (1st program):
The Green Workplace Program is designed for any interested employee (faculty or staff) to be able to join or create a Green Team in their space. So far, we have had participation in operational units (over 15 Facilities Management orgs), support units (Cooper Center, Finance), business units (Parking & Transportation, Dining), and academic schools and departments (Nursing, Envi Sci), the Alumni Association, and more. The total number of employees working in certified Green Workplaces is estimated to be 2,100.
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Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
A brief description of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Multiple departments at UVA have formed departmental councils that work toward sustainability within a certain operational or academic unit. Councils focus primarily on encouraging sustainable behaviors among their colleagues, and they self-organize with help from the Sustainability Office on an as-needed basis.
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL: Convenes monthly with representatives of the various departments within Facilities. The FMSC is to educate and inspire sustainable actions & advance sustainability within operations and practices. The Council has tabled at departmental events, created a Sustainability Champions recognition program, coordinated a monthly "stall seat" newsletter with green tips, and much more.
MEDICAL CENTER SUSTAINABILITY WORK GROUP: Meets monthly to plan communication campaigns like the push for recycling awareness and events like the Reusable Office Supply Exchange (ROSE) days at the hospital.
SCHOOL OF NURSING GREEN TEAM: The School of Nursing Green Team has continued to meet regularly like the other departmental councils, and their most recent accomplishment has been the planning of a two-day conference on the intersection of human health and climate change, through which they plan to educate hundreds of their peers.
DARDEN SUSTAINABILITY GROUP: The Darden School of Business sustainability group had made amazing strides toward sustainability, both operationally and in terms of peer education and influence. Darden sustainability leaders created their own sustainability plan, became carbon neutral in 2019, and continue to encourage students and employees alike to "live how we learn."
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL: Newly formed in 2020, this departmental council is gearing up to encourage new practices among faculty and staff. One of their first projects was designating select lab-work times over the holidays, so that work would be clustered and the building energy systems could be set back at all other non-lab-work times.
A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (2nd program):
Any department is able to organize its own sustainability council, but the five existing councils in FM (1,150 employees), the Medical Center (7,770 employees), the School of Nursing (110 employees), Darden (280 employees), and Envi Sci (67 employees) each target their own co-workers, totaling over 10,200 UVA faculty and staff members, once we subtract those who are double-counted with other employee outreach programs.
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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
GREEN LABS PROGRAM: Because of the immense opportunity to reduce energy, water, and waste, the Green Labs Working Group and the Office for Sustainability have developed a Green Labs program to focus on: 1) Outreach and Action - a Green Lab certification program and associated resources, and 2) Programs and Resources - specialized lab recycling, freezer and other energy efficiency programs, events, and training. There are an incredible number of UVA employees served by the program. Labs can connect with the Green Labs Specialist, who is employed in the Office for Sustainability, to become leaders among their peers. (17 Green Labs leaders, estimated 85 employees targeted)
SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERS PROGRAM: When they convene for bi-monthly lunch-and-learn events, the Sustainability Partners group provides opportunities for members to: 1) Learn from experts and local sustainability heroes, 2) Share ideas for implementing and maintaining Green Workplace Program actions, 3) Receive updates and discuss current events in Sustainability at UVA, and 4) Build community with like-minded colleagues. (120 Sustainability Partners, estimated 360 employees targeted)
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