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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 68.01
Liaison Andrew Predmore
Submission Date March 2, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Bill Brown
Director of Sustainability
Office of sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
8,431

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
8,431

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Teams

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
8,431

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

A Green Team is an informal group of faculty and staff in a particular campus unit who work collectively to promote environmentally, socially, and economically friendly practices within that unit. Getting involved with a Green Team is a great way for members of the Indiana University community to reduce the environmental impacts of their office while also helping Indiana University become a more sustainable institution!

http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/programs/green-teams/index.php


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Members self-select by joining their department's Green Team.


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

New Green Teams schedule an introductory meeting with University Director of Sustainability Bill Brown, Associate Director Andrew Predmore, Assistant Director Kristin Brethova, and/or the Green Teams Coordinator intern. To be as effective as possible, Office of Sustainability staff meet with all potential Green Team Leaders prior to the formation of a team to assess opportunities and challenges unique to the team’s building and department, and to provide leaders with an overview of how the Green Team program works. They will also suggest a preliminary Green Team meeting with other departmental staff in order to convey the benefits and reasons for joining a Green Team. Office of Sustainability staff are also happy to attend Green Team meetings, as requested, or to meet with new or potential new members of existing teams.

Green Teams may also submit information for certification (Seed, Sprout, Sapling, and Tree certification levels) and consult with Office of Sustainability staff about certification and possible next steps for their teams. A number of outreach and educational initiatives toward other members of the department are a requirement of certification.


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):

A paid intern coordinator and an annual Green Team social to network between teams, share resources, and provide support for teams. Teams may also apply for funding from the Student Sustainability Council's project fund and the Office of Sustainability's Innovation Fund.


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.