Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.65
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.05 / 3.00 Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
3,707

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
1,300

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
35.07

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Office Certification

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1,300

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

UWM has its own Green Office Certification, developed out of the institution's priorities. Divisions/Departments participating in Green Office Certification nominate a "green team," formally designating employees to serve as the department's outreach liaisons, peer-educators, and implementation team. Departments opt into the program if they so choose. As of 2019, employees in Finance & Administrative Affairs, Student Affairs, the School of Continuing Education, the Center for International Education, and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning have participated in Green Office Certification (the # of employees served above). Departments must re-certify "Green Office" designation every three years. Departmental or divisional green teams continue outreach and education efforts between certifications (green teams meet to plan events, lead outreach initiatives, etc).


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Departments self-select into the program. From there a "green team" must be internally selected to represent the Green Office Certification. This team becomes the peer to peer mentors for their department.


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

When the department selects a representative Green Team to take on the certification, participants take on a 2-hour training session with the Chief Sustainability Officer. The training covers basic knowledge of sustainability as well as in-depth training on each of the Green Office categories (Energy, IT, Waste, Transportation, Food and Dining, Purchasing, etc). Training continues through department orientations when new people come on board. Each department that has gone through the Green Office Certification maintains their Green Team past their award.


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):

The program is supported by the Office of Sustainability. Often though, departments make changes and build incentives out of their own budget.


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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Departmental numbers come from OAIR employee databases.

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