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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Corey Hawkey
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Arizona State University
PAE-15: Employee Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Betty Lombardo
Manager
University Sustainability Practices
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Total number of people employed by the institution:
9,133

Program name (1st program) :
Sustainability Practices Network

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
150

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

Members of the Sustainability Practices Network were selected by the Director of Sustainability and the University Sustainability Operations Officer.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (1st program):

The Sustainability Practices Network is charged with creating a plan for a more sustainable university. The Network is composed of eight work groups and four resource groups that focus on their specified areas of expertise while also collaborating with other groups to support participation in sustainability practices across the university. The structure of the Network educates and engages many disciplines and departments from all campuses to foster innovative ideas for reaching the university’s sustainability goals.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

There are 150 members within the committee includes faculty, staff and students that are either experts on concepts in sustainability or were interested in furthering Arizona State University’s sustainability goals.

Program funding is provided by University Business Services Administration.


The website URL where information about the program is available (1st program):
Program name (2nd program):
Sustainability Literacy Program

Number of employees served by the program (2nd program):
6,237

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

The literacy program is comprised of tutorials that include photos with accompanying audio, and is designed to easily be worked into employees’ daily work schedules. Start to finish, the program takes about an hour to complete. Employees also can stop and start the program tutorials at any time and upon logging back in, can pick up where they left off.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (2nd program):

Arizona State University has launched the first sustainability literacy online program. This is an interactive program that extends to all ASU employees as well as students. The electronic platform informs ASU employees of sustainable practices currently under way at ASU, the university’s sustainability goals, ways to support ASU’s promise to become more sustainable, and relevant facts to fulfill the sustainability requirement of their yearly work-performance evaluations.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

Program funding is provided by University Business Services Administration.


The website URL where information about the program is available (2nd program):
Program name(s) (all other programs):
Sustainability in New Employee Orientation

Number of employees served by the program(s) (all other programs):
6,000

A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (all other programs):

Training staff consist of a Program Coordinator Senior. The materials presented in the New Employee Orientation are pre-approved sustainability materials created by Office of Human Resources in collaboration with the Office of University Sustainability Practices.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (all other programs):

Sustainability is included in the New Employee Orientation (NEO) presentation to newly hired benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Information about Arizona State University’s mission and goals is presented via printed materials, a PowerPoint presentation, video, and the web. At NEO, the sustainability information is distributed in printed materials: “A New American University” booklet, “Pocket Change,” and a flyer containing important University web addresses. Sustainability information is also presented within the PowerPoint presentation when we talk about the University’s goals and objectives; it is viewed in the “ASU Challenges” video (www.asuchallenges.com) as part of our teaching, research, and business practices; and it is viewed on the web as we review Arizona State University’s 8 design aspirations (http://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu) and “the challenges before us” (www.asuchallenges.com) which include “How do we create a sustainable way of life?” The NEO presenter also “models” sustainable business practices by providing printed materials as two-sided copies and by directing new employees to refill reusable water bottles at the drinking fountains and to use the recycling baskets.

New Employee Orientation is presented at least twice per month for newly hired benefits-eligible faculty and staff at Arizona State University. About 1,200 new employees attend NEO each year.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program(s) (all other programs):

Program funding and orientation materials are provided by the Office of Human Resources.


The website URL where information about the program(s) is available (all other programs):
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