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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 Silver
Overall Score 54.45
Liaison Claudia Kent
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Haverford College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.08 / 3.00 Jesse Lytle
Chief of Staff
Office of the President
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
697

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
250

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
35.87

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Office Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
250

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

The Green Office Program is a sustainability checklist for offices and departments on campus that covers 5 dimensions of sustainability: Energy conservation, waste prevention and purchasing, recycling, transportation and participation. Offices and departments agree to meet the criteria for one of three levels of sustainability. Silver squirrel, Gold Squirrel and Green Squirrel. Green Squirrel being the highest.

In one office, for example, a lead employee was trained around computer energy settings and was able to teach colleagues how to adjust settings on their own machines. In another office, one office manager learned about recycled paper content and was able to convince colleagues to order paper with higher recycling content.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

The Committee on Environmental Responsibility advertises the program, and departmental employees volunteer to serve as coordinators/liaisons to the program.


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

Employees that become Green Office Certified receive a tutorial in the program by the Green Office Liaison at that department. This tutorial educates employees on core sustainability aspects affecting their department, including elements of responsible product sourcing, ways to reduce energy consumption, and local waste and recycling practices, etc. These employees then serve as local experts and sustainability resources for their colleagues.


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 falls under the aegis of the Sustainability Coordinator.


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.