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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.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.06
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Columbia University
EN-6: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Allie Schwartz
Assistant Manager
Environmental Stewardship
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Does the institution administer or oversee an ongoing faculty/staff peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Total number of employees:
23,201

Name of the employee educators program (1st program) :
Green Champions (program expansion is underway)

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
23,201

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

Any employee or department interested in receiving training in becoming a green champion is able to participate by contacting the Environmental Stewardship office.


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

Employees in the Environmental Stewardship office will work with departments or individuals interested in becoming greener. In other instances, a project will be rolled out first, and Green Champions will be selected in each area in which the project touches. For example, the new paper reduction pilot project calls upon all of Facilities and Operations, as well as the Mailman School of Public Health. We have elected approximately 15 Green Champions at each location (Facilities and Public Health) to represent all departments within these groups. These green champions meet every other week to discuss best practices, share successes and potential stumbling blocks.


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

The Environmental Stewardship office will dedicate as many staff as are necessary to perform the relevant trainings and work with the Green Champions until they can be self sufficient in promoting sustainability in their respective areas.


The website URL where information about the program is available (1st program):
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
n/a
+ Date Revised: May 19, 2015

Number of employees served by the program (2nd program):
0
+ Date Revised: May 19, 2015

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

The Assistant Manager for Communications and Data in Environmental Stewardship gives an interactive presentation to all new employees of the University, which is held biweekly.


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

The Assistant Manager for Communications and Data in Environmental Stewardship gives an interactive presentation to all new employees of the University, which is held biweekly.


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

There is a full-time Director of Learning and Development who is dedicated to running these orientations and constantly works to improve them by providing surveys to employees who have been through the orientation, as well as by working with the presenters to improve their presentations.


The website URL where information about the program is available (2nd program):
Name(s) of the employee educator program(s) (all other programs):
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Number of employees served by all other programs:
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A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (all other programs):
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A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (all other programs):
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A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program(s) (all other programs):
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The website URL where information about the program(s) is available (all other programs):
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.