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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 67.20
Liaison Suzanne Hansen
Submission Date May 31, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Macalester College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.69 / 3.00 Suzanne Savanick Hansen
Sustainability Manager
Macalester Sustainbility Office
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
681

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
156

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
22.91

Name of the employee educators program:
Macalester Bicycle and Alternative Commuter Group

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
109

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

This group maintains an interest list of alternative commuters and sends outreach material to the group. In addition, the Sustainability Office pays for a coffee break twice a month for this group. Members of this group act as peer resources for others looking to try a different transportation options, particularly for bicycle commuting and learning how to use the public transportation system.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Volunteers.


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

The Sustainability Office helps with training.


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 Sustainability Office sponsors an alternative commuting coffee break twice a month. The Sustainability Office and Wellness and Health at Macalester (WHAM) committee co-sponsor bicycle commuting events for staff, including the annual Bike, Walk to Work Day celebrations.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability Staff Network

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
47

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

The Sustainability Staff Network is modeled on our successful Sustainability Student Network. The Sustainability Office keeps a moodle group, sends out information and event listings and develops staff trainings.


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

Supervisors of students involved in the Sustainability Student Worker network are all invited as well as the Sustainability Advisory Committee members and former members. New employees are encouraged to take part too.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

The Sustainability Office sponsors a regular meeting at the beginning of the semester to talk about how the network works and what support the Sustainability Office can offer. All supervisors are included on the Sustainability Office newsletter list and have a dedicated moodle group to promote communication.


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):

The Sustainability Office supports the students and supervisors by troubleshooting and offering support for projects. Some offices have requested Sustainability Small Project Funds for projects. At the end of the year, the Sustainability Office typically sponsors a recognition lunch for all of the students and supervisors in the network.


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.