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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 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
PAE-15: Employee Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.46 / 5.00 Shannon Ross
Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of people employed by the institution:
8,121

Program name (1st program) :
Green Leaders

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
750

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

Shortly after a department participates in the Green Office Network introductory program, the faculty and staff in each department elect a Green Leader. A Green Leader is the sustainability champion of his/her team and is an individual who will promote sustainability in his/her office year-round. More specifically, Green Leaders are recognized as individuals who are dedicated to planning events, educating staff and faculty, acting as a point of contact for inter-department networking, and helping to achieve campus wide sustainability initiatives.


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

Green Leaders must attend quarterly meetings to receive training on a variety of different topics. Some topics include proper recycling practices, sustainable renovation options, contact information to help coordinate a sustainable event (i.e. getting green catering and compostable plate ware), and energy saving practices for his/her office. By attending these meetings and connecting with Green Leaders from different departments, each Green Leader becomes a valuable resource for his/her office. They are knowledgeable about sustainability efforts at GWU and the steps that their office can take to become more sustainable.


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

A staff member from the Office of Sustainability maintains a list of elected Green Leaders, coordinates and leads quarterly meetings, provides Green Leaders with the resources and information to supplement the role they play in their office, and trouble shoots any questions a Green Leader may have. Also, guest speakers from a variety
of departments are brought on board for each meeting to present on a topic in which he/she has specific expertise and to lead a discussion/Q&A. Materials and other costs associated with this program are covered by the Office of Sustainability.


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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.