Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.72
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.01 / 3.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
22038

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
54

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
0.25

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Office Certification Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
54

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

The Green Office Certification program helps campus offices of any size to become more sustainable workplaces through a three-step certification process. The program is designed to give UW-Madison employees the information and tools they need to learn about sustainability, better understand the impacts of their practices, and create healthy and sustainable work environments.

Leaders in each office that participate in the certification program are trained and tasked to educate all employees in their office on the program and activities. Tasks led by leaders include educating office employees on waste collection, energy, and water use best practices, completing energy audits, or setting up central storage of communal office supplies.

Since 2017 a total of 43 offices have participated in the Green Office program. In FY18 2 offices had completed the full certification process (receiving gold status) and those offices included a total of 54 university employees.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

As a result of outreach to the campus community, the employee educators typically reach out to the Office of Sustainability (OS) with interest in leading their green office efforts. Leaders are then designated after meeting with the OS and learning about the green office program, requirements, and commitments.


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

For each level of the green office certification program, a team from the OS meets with the employee educators to describe the goal and activities of the next step in the certification process.


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 group of 7 paid student interns supported by 2 staff members design, implement, and track the green office certification program. Additional funding is available to support the purchase of supplies to support green office activities (e.g., signage, compost bins, or smart power strips).


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Additional "train-the-trainer" type programs exist on campus to educate employees who work for dining and housekeeping about composting operations. These programs are supported by staff who train employee leaders to train housing custodial employees. These programs target approximately 175 employees. As this is focused solely on composting operations we are not including this program for recognition in this credit.

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