Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.88
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date April 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Madison
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.53 / 3.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees:
24,398

Total number of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
507

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
2.08

Name of the employee educators program (1st program):
Green Office

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

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.

For each level of certification, participating offices receive an educational presentation from the Green Office team, a checklist of action items to complete, and a two-week check in to discuss their progress and how to move forward. To complete the certification each office assigns at least one Green Officer who attends the presentations and is trained in how to complete the certification process while engaging their peers in the process and general workplace sustainability.


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

The Green Office program focuses on employees who work in offices on the main campus.


Number of trained employee educators (1st program):
56

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (1st program):
30

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):
840

Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (1st program) :
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Green Labs

A brief description of the employee educators program (2nd program):

The Green Labs intern team aims to help all laboratories on campus to become more sustainable. Our consultation services provide UW–Madison students, faculty, and staff the information and tools they need to better understand the impacts of their practices and create healthy and sustainable laboratory environments. Guidance and programs cover sustainable purchasing, energy and water efficiency, freezer efficiency, sustainable printing practices, chemical disposal, plastic disposal, waste management, signage, and education and outreach.

The Green Labs Certification program recognizes campus labs for their efforts in reducing their overall environmental impact. The program is designed to educate and empower labs to make more sustainable choices by assessing energy use, waste streams, and purchasing. The certification process takes approximately 8-12 weeks, but the completion time may differ depending on the lab. To complete the certification each lab assigns at least one ambassador who is trained by Office of Sustainability interns and staff to complete the certification process while engaging their peers in the process and general workplace sustainability.


A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (2nd program):

The Green Labs program focuses on employees who work in laboratories on the main campus.


Number of trained employee educators (2nd program):
12

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (2nd program):
30

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):
180

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:
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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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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (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):
1,020

Hours worked annually by trained employee sustainability educators per employee served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.04

Website URL where information about the employee sustainability educators programs is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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"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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